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!

Ready to find out more? Check out NCBF Member Benefits.

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

I am so excited to begin my year as NCBF Cheer Captain and I encourage you to join us now because we have a big year ahead. How can you not be enthusiastic about an organization that offers so much to its members?

The NCBF has played an important role in my career development at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Foundation. Through the NCBF, I have taken full advantage of the opportunity to meet and network with my peer bar professionals and volunteer leaders from both metropolitan and state bar foundations. I have learned so much about bar foundation best practices, fundraising and technology tips in the educational sessions and discussions, both formal and informal, at the Midyear and Annual meetings. I have used the NCBF Listserv and Resource Library to great benefit. My bar foundation has been highlighted with a Member Spotlight story on the NCBF website. I have also made friendships I treasure with NCBF colleagues from bar foundations across the U.S. that so enrich my life - and while this Big Ten Buckeyes fan might never cheer for the Alabama Crimson Tide, I cannot help but smile when the Tide rolls because I know my pal Leslie Barineau is celebrating somewhere down in Birmingham!

As bar foundation “insiders”, we know that our member bar foundations have important stories to tell about the power of lawyers giving back. Each of our foundations typically releases an annual report sharing the good news about the difference we make in our community or within our state. Because we are so passionate about the good work of bar foundations, Team NCBF has decided that a key focus of the year ahead will be the creation of a NCBF Impact Report. Our audacious goal is to publish a compendium showcasing our collective strength and impact, and we want your foundation to be represented. We will be reaching out to all NCBF member bar foundations beginning later this fall to collect information, data, testimonials and program highlights that will be gathered into a report that will be released at the Annual Meeting in Chicago in July 2020.

So join us now. Be part of the team and part of the incredible story we will tell about the power of our bar foundations. Go NCBF!

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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