NCBF ANNUAL MEETING
Chicago

The Way Forward

July 30 & July 31, 2021

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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,

It is springtime in Texas which means we vary from thunderstorms to days when pollen turns everything a peculiar shade of green in Texas. But springtime brings renewal, and today the CDC announced that those who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to wear masks in most circumstances.

Mark your calendars, we have two more Third Thursday presentations, May 20 and June 17. Then mark your calendars, and plan on joining us in Chicago on July 30 and 31 for our Annual Meeting - NCBF 2021 - The Way Forward!

This will be the first time since Austin in February 2020 that we will have the opportunity to gather, to learn, to talk, and to celebrate with each other. The NCBF Board and committed volunteers are going through a long list of tasks to ensure you receive wonderful content at this conference. We will have a day and a half packed full of programming you will be able to use immediately with your organizations. You will hear how to better manage the life cycle of board development, techniques to better engage in a hybrid or virtual setting, think about the language we use, and learn from volunteer attorneys about what the future may hold for your board members.

The board and our annual meeting committee have looked at everything we have experienced during the pandemic, and we are sensitive to revenue, travel budgets and your needs. To that end, we have made significant changes from past meetings. This year NCBF has committed to serving our members. We have offered monthly webinars at no charge. Our conference registration has been budgeted to simply cover our expenses.

Everyone who attends in person will receive a full day and a half of speakers who will teach, educate and inspire you. In person attendees will also have the all-important ability to make connections with old friends, and meet new colleagues and share with each other. The always popular ‘Thursday night’ dinner will be held on Friday night. Lunch on Friday will be provided, as will breakfast on Saturday morning. Compared to previous meetings, you will receive almost twice the content for half the price. This also extends to our conference hotel which has a nightly rate at a significantly lower rate than in years past.

We also will be having a virtual option for the meeting. Last year we were completely virtual and we had a significant number of board members, other staff members and volunteers participate. We will continue with a virtual option this year, with a very reasonable registration fee. So please share this with your staff, your board members, and your volunteers. While they will not be able to enjoy deep dish pizza or Chicago Dogs with us, they will be able to learn with us.

The last year with the pandemic has been difficult. We have lost friends, family, seen drastic changes to the normal way of life. But we have adapted, we have learned, become more efficient, shared our pets and children with each other as we worked remotely, and even appeared as a cat in Zoom court.
I leave you with these words from Amanda Gorman:

When day comes, we step out of the shade,
Aflame and unafraid.
The new dawn blooms as we free it,
For there is always light,
If only we’re brave enough to see it,
If only we’re brave enough to be it.

Looking forward to seeing you in Chicago, join us for The Way Forward.

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

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

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

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

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$100 / 2020-21

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

NCBF VALUES STATEMENT

The National Conference of Bar Foundations strives to engage the bar foundation community to provide knowledge, inspiration, and opportunities through partnerships, collaborations, connections and networking. With a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we promote access to and the administration of equal justice through the organized bar and larger legal community while educating our nation’s citizens regarding their rights and responsibilities under the law.

 

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