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

Mary Groth's President's Letter

New Year, New Developments, New Beginning

I am a New Year’s Optimist. I welcome each New Year with enthusiasm, hope and energy, looking forward to all of the possibilities ahead.   Media is filled with predictions and lists of what might transpire in 2020, which promises to be a big one with the start of a new decade, a leap year, a presidential election year, a year to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage, and so much more.

I am very excited about the NCBF and 2020. As we have reported, there is a lot of activity underway to provide you a wealth of resources in the New Year. We are working hard to produce two “can’t miss” conferences – the Midyear Meeting in Austin, TX coming up Feb. 13-15 and the Annual Meeting in Chicago in late July. We are collecting data by survey of our members and will be producing and releasing an NCBF Impact Report at the Annual Meeting, sharing the great news about the collective strength and power of our Bar Foundations in making positive change in our states and communities. We will continue to add content to our website, share communications and promote networking aimed at helping you as you lead your Bar Foundations into the new decade.

I also share news of a new development that will bring change to the NCBF in 2020. Most of us are aware that the ABA Division of Bar Services (DBS) has been providing annual staffing and administrative support for the NCBF, by verbal agreement and for a small fee for years, while also supporting NABE, NCBP, other entities and projects. After much consideration and discussion between NCBF and DBS throughout the spring and summer of 2019, DBS advised that, based on current staff capacity and strategic priorities, it could no longer provide this support to NCBF going forward, effective with the start of the 2020-21 year which begins on September 1, 2020.

Last spring, the NCBF Board created a Strategic Planning Committee, composed of officers, a number of current board members and very engaged past presidents. Taking advantage of the notice provided by DBS, the NCBF Board and Strategic Planning Committee have been addressing this challenge and looking towards the future in a deliberate, thoughtful and coordinated way. We reached out for feedback to entities that have faced similar situations in recent years, including the National Association of IOLTA Programs and American Lawyers Alliance. We sent RFPs to 24 outside management companies, are evaluating the proposals received and will be interviewing final candidates in January in advance of our next Board and Membership meetings in Austin in February. We are moving through a checklist of considerations from the need to update NCBF bylaws to taking inventory of NCBF files and records at the ABA offices. We appreciate our history with DBS and the service provided over the years. We look forward to continuing our positive relationships with NABE, NCBP and the ABA.

Stay tuned in this New Year as we move forward to engage a new management team, facilitate a smooth transition and a new beginning for NCBF in 2020.

If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please reach out to me at mgroth@clemetrobar.org or 216.539.5975. Happy New Year!

Mary Groth

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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.

Calculate Your Membership Level

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

$10,000 to $499,000

$180 / 2019-20

  • Network of Experts
  • Members Only Section
  • Conference Discounts
  • Award Recognition
  • Digital Newsletter

$500,000 to $1.99 M

$300 / 2019-20

  • Network of Experts
  • Members Only Section
  • Conference Discounts
  • Award Recognition
  • Digital Newsletter

$2 M to $2.99 M

$360 / 2019-20

  • Network of Experts
  • Members Only Section
  • Conference Discounts
  • Award Recognition
  • Digital Newsletter

$3 M and more

$420 / 2019-20

  • Network of Experts
  • Members Only Section
  • Conference Discounts
  • Award Recognition
  • Digital Newsletter

Individual

$100 / 2019-20

  • Network of Experts
  • Members Only Section
  • Conference Discounts
  • Award Recognition
  • Digital Newsletter

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