As We Continue To Grow, It's Never Been A Better Time To Join NCBF!

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Our growth has been nothing short of phenomenal this year. We have increased our membership exponentially and now cover the contiguous United States, Alaska and the Virgin Islands. Only 9 states are currently not represented, but we're working on it!

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Leadership

Running a bar foundation is no easy task. Yet it can be one of the most rewarding aspects of the legal profession. Lawyers give back to their communities with pride knowing that their efforts are making a real difference.

The National Conference of Bar Foundations is where we can all come together to share information, tips and guidance to help us make the most of the talent we find throughout the legal community. To be effective, it takes the right kind of leadership.

President's Message

 

James Huggler

Hello, Friends.

My name is Jim Huggler and I am a solo criminal defense attorney in Tyler, Texas. It is my honor to serve as President of the National Conference of Bar Foundations for 2020-2021.

As you have learned from Mary Groth’s letters over the last year, we began strategic planning with current and previous board members after the mid-year meeting in 2019. To recap, a year ago the ABA informed us they would no longer be able to provide our staffing needs effective the end of the 2019-2020 fiscal year. We are in the final stages of that separation, and have selected a new management company, undergone a complete financial audit for the last two years, and rewritten our bylaws.

These are exciting times to be a member of NCBF! Our 2020 Annual Meeting was completely virtual, and we had more than 100 people attend the six hours of programming spread over two days with active participation and interaction among everyone.

An NCBF membership allows three people from each foundation to have login privileges to access the member resources on our website which includes hundreds of documents on a variety of subjects, as well as materials from previous conferences. We hope to have an in-person conference next summer, but until then we will be hosting virtual meetings. For our Annual Meeting Virtual Conference, up to five people per foundation were allowed to participate. This unique change allowed many more staff and volunteers to participate in the conference than usual, make connections, and learn from our speakers.

If there is a topic or speaker you would like to hear, please let us know. Remember, we are accepting applications for the 2020 NCBF/LexisNexis Partnership Award for an outstanding foundation program or project which includes a $1,500 award. Simply make your submission to awards@ncbf.org. Please include a brief summary of the program or project and any supporting materials you would like us to review. The winner will be notified after the October 2020 Board Meeting and will also be the focus of a virtual meeting.

If your foundation did not complete our national Impact Survey, please take fifteen minutes to complete, and return it to us. Almost all the information is available in your annual report or 990. Don’t be left out! NCBF is in an exciting period of transition, take advantage of our services which will benefit all the foundations we serve!

Jim
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James Huggler

Membership Has Its Benefits

Membership in NCBF opens the door to a variety of resources that will help strengthen your foundation and enhance your performance as a foundation leader.

In addition to The Complete Guide to Bar Foundations, NCBF membership will put you in touch with:

  • A network of experts: All members have access to the NCBF Listserv™, an online resource that puts the collective experience of bar foundation executives and volunteer leaders at your fingertips.
  • Essential information, including access to a "Members Only" area with a Forms Bank, handout materials from midyear and annual meetings, and NCBF member surveys on the cumulative impact of bar foundations.
  • Top-notch programming: Members receive a discounted registration fee to two conferences each year with programming that speaks directly to bar foundation issues and qualifies for CFRE accreditation.
  • Leadership opportunities: Members can grow in their careers by becoming involved with an NCBF committee or program.
  • Recognition: Members are eligible to receive the NCBF Excellence Award and/or the NCBF/LexisNexis Partnerships for Success Award, which honors the excellent work that your foundation is conducting within your community.
  • Digital Newsletter: Quick tips to enhance your organization's operations, in a format that is easy to share with board members and volunteers.

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Total of Annual Operating Expenses Plus Grants Awarded (Exclude IOLTA Funds)

$10,000 to $499,000

$180 / 2020-21

  • September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021
  • Network of Experts
  • Members Only Section
  • Conference Discounts
  • Award Recognition
  • Digital Newsletter

$500,000 to $1.99 M

$300 / 2020-21

  • September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021
  • Network of Experts
  • Members Only Section
  • Conference Discounts
  • Award Recognition
  • Digital Newsletter

$2 M to $2.99 M

$360 / 2020-21

  • September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021
  • Network of Experts
  • Members Only Section
  • Conference Discounts
  • Award Recognition
  • Digital Newsletter

$3 M and more

$420 / 2020-21

  • September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021
  • Network of Experts
  • Members Only Section
  • Conference Discounts
  • Award Recognition
  • Digital Newsletter

Individual

$100 / 2020-21

  • September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021
  • Network of Experts
  • Members Only Section
  • Conference Discounts
  • Award Recognition
  • Digital Newsletter

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