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Equal Access to Justice

We believe the Justice System works best when it works for everyone.

Civic and Law-Related Education

With your help we ensure that Pennsylvania’s children learn the important principles of our democracy.

Giving

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Supporting programs that increase the public’s understanding of the law and promote equal access to justice is the mission of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation

Welcome from our President

The PA Bar Foundation is the philanthropic partner of the Pennsylvania Bar Association dedicated to helping Pennsylvania’s youth be better citizens and to making Pennsylvania’s judicial system more accessible to all. Learn how you can help too by participating in our programs, serving on our committees, and contributing to our efforts.

Recognizing Pro Bono Service

Since 1989, the Louis J. Goffman Award has been given to an individual and/or an organization in recognition of outstanding pro bono service. Meet our past recipients

Loan Repayment Assistance

Helping attorneys employed at IOLTA-funded legal services organizations across the state better manage their undergraduate and law school student loan debt so they can afford to remain in public service. The next application cycles starts on September 1, 2018.

Thank You, Fellows!

These people are helping to make a better justice system through their generous contributions. Is your name on the list?

Thank you, Law Firm Fellows!

These people are helping to make a better justice system through their generous contributions. Is your name on the list?

WHO WE ARE

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation was created in response to the organized bar’s desire to become more involved in public service.

  • We work to improve the public’s understanding of the law and our judicial system.
  • We strive to ensure citizens have full and equal access to justice through our legal system.

NEWS & EVENTS

You Can Make a Difference

Since 1984, the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation has served as a center of philanthropy for Pennsylvania’s legal community. Please join our efforts.

Member Fellows

Any member who has not met the requirements for a higher level of recognition but who contributes at least $250 in the current year. 

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Young Lawyer Life Fellows, those under age 40 or in practice less than 5 years, energize and operationalize our mission with their avid participation and support.

A Young Lawyer Life Fellow pledges $500 to the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. Choose any one of these convenient contribution options:

  • Make a single one-time contribution of $500
  • Split your payments into 4 consecutive annual installments of $125
  • Use your credit card to pay in 48 monthly contributions of $10.42
  • Donate now

Life Fellows are the life’s blood of the Foundation. They are distinguished individuals over the age of 40 and in practice more than 5 years who have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to the profession through their leadership activities in their local and state bar communities.

Life Fellows pledge $1,000 to the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. Choose any one of these convenient contribution options:

  • Make a single one-time contribution of $1,000
  • Split your payments into 4 consecutive annual installments of $250
  • Use your credit card to pay in 48 monthly contributions of $20.84
  • Donate now

Any senior bar member over the age of 40 who contributes at least $500 by making a one lump sum or pays over a two-year period. Choose any one of these convenient contribution options:

• Make a single one-time contribution of $500

• Split your payments into two annual installments of $250

Donate now


Commonwealth Club members invest in the “common good” and provide significant financial support to the Foundation by directing their contributions either to the Civics and Law-related Education Fund, the Pro Bono Fund, the Endowment Fund, the Loan Repayment Assistance Program or to the support Foundation operations.

Commonwealth Club members pledge a minimum of $5,000 to the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and have up to 10 years to fulfil the pledge. Choose any one of these convenient contribution options:

  • Make a single one-time contribution of $5,000
  • Split your payments into 10 consecutive annual installments of $500
  • Use your credit card to pay in 120 monthly contributions of $41.67
  • Donate now

Existing Life Fellows and Young Lawyer Life Fellows who become Commonwealth Club members are credited $1,000 and $500 respectively, towards the fulfillment of the Commonwealth Club pledge.

Any member who has contributed at least $7,500 within a ten year period by making annual contributions of at least $750 or who has pledged to do so and is current in making the required annual payments. Choose any one of these convenient contribution options:

• Make a single one-time contribution of $7,500

• Split your payments into 10 consecutive annual installments of $750

• Use your credit card to pay in 120 monthly contributions of $62.50

Donate now

 


Keystone Society members are focused on the Foundation’s future. They are pivotal contributors who are helping the Foundation build an endowment to ensure its longevity and sustainability.

Keystone Society members pledge a minimum of $10,000 to the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, and 100% of the contribution is directed to the Endowment Fund. Choose any one of these convenient contribution options:

  • Make a single one-time contribution of $10,000
  • Split your payments into 10 consecutive annual installments of $1,000
  • Use your credit card to pay in 120 monthly contributions of $83.34
  • Donate now

Existing Life Fellows and Young Lawyer Life Fellows who become Keystone Society members are credited $1,000 and $500 respectively, towards the fulfillment of the Keystone Society pledge.

Existing Commonwealth Club members who become Keystone Society members are credited $5,000 towards the fulfillment of the Keystone Society pledge.

Law Firm Fellows

A firm that contributes $10,000 within a five year period, by making annual contributions of at least $2,000, or who has pledged to do so and is current in making the required annual payments.

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A firm that contributes $5,000 within a five year period, by making annual contributions of at least $1,000, or who has pledged to do so and is current in making the required annual payments.

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A firm with four or fewer attorneys, that contributes $1,000 to the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation over five consecutive years in annual increments of $200, or who has pledged to do so and is current in making the required annual payments.

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Other Contributions

Make a difference today by supporting one of the Foundation’s funding priorities. Every contribution helps.

A member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association who has made the affirmative decision to name the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation as a beneficiary in an estate planning document such as a will, insurance policy or annuity. No minimum gift is required. 1895 Society Members must complete a Legacy Intention Form, which can be obtained at the Foundation headquarters.

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation is the charitable affiliate of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
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