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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.

We have entered a new year. I know that I am not alone in my horror at the events yesterday when the rule of law was attacked by an angry mob. I know that I was not the only person who had difficulty concentrating on work before finally giving that idea up to watch these events unfold. Nashville, the city which hosted our 2020 board retreat, was attacked by a domestic terrorist. We have had friends, family members, colleagues and clients numbered among the more than 361,000 deaths in this country alone. These dark and difficult events weigh heavily on us and changed my thoughts and tone for this message.

I would like to congratulate the California Lawyers Foundation for their work which earned the 2020 NCBF-LexisNexis Partnership for Success Award. Within the first ten days of a shut down, California lawyers produced a series of videos to allow people to better understand their legal rights and responsibilities on a variety of topics affected by the pandemic. The California Lawyers Foundation is one of the newer organizations, but they have already impressed with their dedication and creativity.

We are beginning our Third Thursday series of webinars in January.  These will be a one-hour program on a variety of topics relevant to our work.  January’s topic will introduce or remind you of the benefits of NCBF membership and reacquaint you with our resources.  The Board has made the decision that there will be no charges for these through this fiscal year.

After a long hiatus, we are renewing the Foundation Forum. In the past this was a printed newsletter sent to our members on a monthly then quarterly basis. We will be sending the Forum electronically. If you have an article, an idea, something you would like to share, please let us know. You can send emails or ideas to info@ncbf.org.

The last year has been difficult for the entire world. The pandemic has caused changes in our society, our personal and professional lives, and our organizations. It has been challenging in many ways for us both individually and professionally. With some luck, we will be able to resume our in-person Annual Meetings this summer.

We have an amazing group of professionals serving on our Board supported by volunteers across the country. One of the actions undertaken by the Board is documenting our guiding principles. I encourage you to take a look.

In 1650, theologian Thomas Fuller wrote, “It is always darkest just before the Day dawneth.” Let us remember those words and that we are the National Conference of Bar Foundations, we support the rule of law, we support each other, we make a difference in our communities and even while we are physically separated, we are not alone.

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

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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