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NCBF May 2023 Newsletter
THE RESULTS ARE IN: NCBF MEMBERSHIP SURVEY
This spring NCBF surveyed its members to help identify how to best serve you. Half of the survey respondents participate in NCBF through their state bar foundation, 31% through their local bar foundation, and 19% as individual members. Approximately two thirds of respondents have been NCBF members for five years or more. The other third have been members for up to four years.
Key findings from the membership survey include the following.
- 88% of respondents are satisfied or very satisfied with their membership, and likely or very likely to recommend it to others.
- When asked to name a favorite NCBF activity across the past year, annual meeting was the most popular answer given, followed by webinars, and the Foundation Forum and participating in the Board of Directors.
- 94% have utilized NCBF’s member to member information exchange, Member Connect.
- Half of respondents participate three times or more per year in NCBF activities, including webinars and the annual meeting. 31% participate one to two times per year.
- 63% read the Foundation Forum each month, while 13% read six editions or more per year.
- 75% have participated in and NCBF annual meeting
- When asked to name the best membership benefit NCBF offers, networking and connections were the most popular answers given, followed by resource sharing.
- Common suggestions for future content and programming included more opportunities for networking and expanded resources on the website.
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO NOMINATE SOMEONE TO NCBF’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS!
Interested in serving as a leader on the National Conference of Bar Foundations Board of Directors? NCBF is seeking nominees for two one-year seats and one three-year seat on the NCBF Board, with terms starting in September, 2023.
As a reminder, nominations are due today, May 15th!
To be eligible for service on the NCBF Board, a person must be an individual member of NCBF or a designated representative of an NCBF foundation member, and in either case, must be a member in good standing. The individual must have a strong commitment to the mission of NCBF and must be willing to commit to carrying out the duties and responsibilities summarized below.
NCBF is firmly committed to having its Board of Directors reflect diversity, equity and inclusion in every regard to the maximum extent practicable, including:
- Geographic location
- Type of NCBF members, including both bar foundation representatives and individual members, and both bar foundation professional staff and volunteer leaders; and
- Type of bar foundations, such as state, local, national and specialty; small and large; newer and established; those staffed solely by bar association staff and those with independent staff; and IOLTA and non-IOLTA foundations.
The National Conference of Bar Foundations advances the work of all types of bar foundations by:
Promoting the integral role of bar foundations in advancing law-related philanthropy to the organized bar, the larger legal community, and the philanthropic community; and
Serving as a clearinghouse and resource to assist bar foundations in carrying out their charitable missions.
The NCBF Board
NCBF is fortunate to have a diverse and talented group of individual members and foundation representatives serving on its Board. In a broad sense, the board’s responsibilities are to:
- Set both short-term and long-term strategic goals and directions and policies for NCBF,
- Build community awareness and support for NCBF’s mission,
- Help develop sufficient resources to carry out NCBF’s strategic goals and directions; and
- Provide oversight of NCBF’s finances, programs, and operations. The Board meets throughout the year and at an Annual Meeting. Board members also participate in Board teleconferences and serve on committees of the Board.
To nominate yourself or a colleague, please send a statement of interest and a brief biography to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15, 2023.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2023 NCBF ANNUAL MEETING
Save the date for the NCBF Annual Meeting: September 28-30, 2023, in Pittsburgh, PA, generously hosted by the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. Join NCBF for this outstanding opportunity to learn, network and share with bar foundation leaders from across the country. More details to come!
MEMBER CONNECT RESPONSES AVAILABLE IN NCBF’S RESOURCE LIBRARY
Did you know responses to previous Member Connect questions submitted by NCBF members can be viewed online in NCBF’s Resource Library? Find information about a variety of topics, including these recently submitted questions:
- What are examples of midyear and end of year report requirements for grantees/funded organizations?
- What are bar foundations’ recommnedations for topics to cover in board member training?
Access Member Connect Responses
NCBF WOULD LIKE TO FEATURE YOU
NCBF would like to feature the good work of bar foundations and their volunteers from across the country. If you have an exemplary program or volunteer you would like to feature in the Foundation Forum and NCBF social media, please let us know at email@example.com.
NCBF MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
This month the Member Spotlight shines on the Connecticut Bar Foundation and their mission to ensure that the state’s legal system is available to all regardless of power or resources.