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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

Dear Bar Foundation Friends,

Thank You!

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant”. —Max DePree

At the recent NCBF Annual Meeting (first ever Virtual Version), my tenure as President ended and I was pleased to “pass the gavel” to Jim Huggler, my successor.  NCBF is in great hands with Jim.  He is a criminal defense attorney, a part-time magistrate and a volunteer bar foundation leader representing the Smith County (TX) Bar Foundation.  One of the many strengths of the NCBF is its broad membership that is also reflected in its leadership.  Big state bar foundations, small state bar foundations, county and metropolitan bar foundations of all sizes, IOLTA and mission-related foundations are all represented. Volunteer bar foundation leaders like Jim are members and serve alongside bar foundation professional staff like me as officers, directors and committee chairs.

A bundle of energy with a big heart and a great sense of humor, Jim has been a huge asset to the NCBF leadership team as a Director, Treasurer and President-Elect, a position that also serves as Program Chair. Jim has already contributed so much in his tenure on the board and as an officer including leading NCBF through its recent audit (with an A+ report), chairing the successful midyear meeting in Austin, TX this past February as well as our first ever virtual Annual Meeting at the end of July.  Jim has been a sounding board for me during this challenging year and a source of much needed weekly doses of good humor!

Reality Defined:  Transition to Impact Association Management . . . AND a Pandemic!

It has been an honor to serve as NCBF President.  I have been a member for many years and have served on the board with so many terrific leaders who are still engaged in NCBF and who provided wise counsel.  It was certainly not a year for “business as usual”.

At the outset of the NCBF fiscal year in August 2019, I  was informed by the ABA Division of Bar Services that it would no longer provide staffing and administrative services starting in the 2020-21 year due to capacity issues and new priorities.  That news certainly helped me to “define reality”, as the primary focus of our efforts had to be to search for a new staffing/administrative team and the development of a transition process and timeline.  We jumped into action sending RFPs to association management organizations in October.  We reviewed and evaluated the responses, selecting three finalists and interviewing them in January.  We are very pleased to have a contract with Impact Association Management, based in Madison, WI (and a recently opened Nashville, TN office).  Our Impact team, including CEO and Founder Jodi Fisher, participated in our Membership Meeting on July 31 to say hello to our members as we will begin to work together in September.

I am happy to report that we have kept on time and on point in our transition plan and process.  And yes, we have been able to proceed on track despite the major interruption of the Covid pandemic.  I am grateful to our ABA DBS team led by Pamela Robinson, with the assistance of Rebecca Green, Tondanisha Tomlinson and Steve Jones – working remotely but always in touch.  I must also recognize the hard work of our officers and board this year.  With the transition we have had more executive committee and board meetings than usual, we engaged our Strategic Planning Committee, and have taken on a lot of new responsibilities.  Special thanks to Jim Huggler, Andrea Stone,Tom Tinder and Dan Burns for their service during the transition.  Besides Jim and Andrea, I also must give a big shout out to Wyatt Gauss, another Texan, who has been our website designer and technical expert.  It was my pleasure to recognize Wyatt with a President’s Award at our Annual Meeting last month for his steady, devoted service and his “above and beyond” efforts to make our virtual Annual Meeting a success.

NCBF is moving forward with new energy and focus:  a new management team, the ability to provide virtual programs and connections for our members through Zoom and other technology, more participation by our members, and a big head start in compiling our membership survey results into a true NCBF Impact Report so that we can share our bar foundation success stories with a much broader audience.  Special thanks to Deb Auspelmyer for her help in leading the Impact Report project.  We have also strengthened our relationships with NABE, NCBP and NAIP, as well as LexisNexis, and will continue to collaborate in programs to serve our members.

THANK YOU for the opportunity to lead and serve NCBF this past year.  It was a true team effort with an outstanding team.  I definitely drew upon my 25+ years of bar association and bar foundation experience for guidance and I thank both my Cleveland Metro Bar Association and Foundation for their support this year.  I will continue to be an engaged member.  I also look forward to the time when we can come together again in person to meet, share our knowledge and resources for the benefit of all of our member bar foundations and the communities they serve so well.

Mary Groth

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 / 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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