NCBF/LexisNexis Partnerships for Success Awards
In partnership with LexisNexis, this NCBF award honors bar foundation initiatives that make a significant impact in their community on issues for which lawyers are uniquely positioned to lead. An underlying goal of this foundation initiative is to establish new partnership opportunities, or leverage existing ones, through the meaningful involvement and support from an affiliated bar association and other allied members of the legal community.
The winning program is recognized at the joint Annual Meeting Luncheon of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, National Association of Bar Executives, and National Conference of Bar Foundations. A presentation about the program and its impact is also featured at the NCBF members meeting. The selected Foundation receives $1,500 in unrestricted funds generously donated by Lexis/Nexis.
2016 Award-winning Program:
The Justice for Military Families (JMF) program, an effort of the Military Spouse JD Network Foundation, is the winner of the 2016 NCBF/LexisNexis Partnerships for Success Award.
Launched in December of 2013, Justice for Military Families is the first national program that connects military families, regardless of financial need, with opportunities for pro bono legal assistance. JMF works in partnership with the nationally-recognized organization Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which refers eligible families to JMF.
It has also developed a library of legal information, which is available on both the MSJDN and TAPS websites and helps to make relevant laws understandable for families. For more information about the program, visit http://www.msjdnportal.org/ as well as the program submission.
Criteria for selection of the Partnerships for Success Award are that the program:
Previous Partnerships for Success Award Winners:
NCBF Excellence Award
Established in 2015, the NCBF Excellence Award recognizes an outstanding contribution to law-related philanthropy by an individual.
The following distinguished members have received this recognition:
2017 - Hon. Debra Walker, Cook County Circuit Court judge. Debra has a strong history of leadership in both bar foundation and bar association circles, having served on the NCBF Board of Trustees, as president of the Illinois Bar Foundation, and president of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois. She chairs the Commission on Professionalism of the Illinois Supreme Court.
2016 - Colonel (USAF Retired) Martin, former Executive Director of the Arkansas Bar Association and the Arkansas Bar Foundation. Bill was active in the NCBF, having served two terms on the NCBF Board of Trustees and three years as NCBF Treasurer. He was designated an NCBF Trustee Emeritus for his continuous and long-standing support and involvement in the organization. He continues to remain active in bar work, serving on the boards of both the Pulaski County Bar Association and the Pulaski County Bar Foundation, which he helped found.
2015 - Thomas R. Tinder, Executive Director of the West Virginia Bar Foundation and a former NCBF president, who continues to be active in the NCBF. In his acceptance remarks, Mr. Tinder noted that "faith, friends and family are the true essence of life."
Previous Award Programs
NCBF Fundraising for Success Award
The NCBF Fundraising for Success Award was established to honor excellence in bar foundation fundraising.
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation won the 2012 award for its Giving Level Improvement Initiative. The IBF encouraged those donors that were within reach of a higher giving level to increase their 2011 donation total.
Get more fundraising ideas from other award applicants:
NCBF Award for Bar Foundation Excellence in Public Service Programming
The NCBF Award for Bar Foundation Excellence in Public Service Programming, established in 1999, recognizes a bar foundation for an innovative, imaginative program and/or grant award for public service projects in the legal arena. The award honors a bar or law foundation for its creative response to important societal issues.
Winning entries from recent years include:
NCBF-ALPS Foundation Services Award for Innovations in Fundraising
The NCBF-ALPS Foundation Services Award for Innovations in Fundraising was established to honor excellence in state and local bar foundation fundraising. Innovative fundraising techniques, from training board members to creating original programs, are important to successful fundraising.
Recognition of these efforts benefits all NCBF members by providing information on programs that work and can be replicated by other bar foundations.