The PBF is the philanthropic partner of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. The PBA President sits as an ex-officio member of the Foundation Board of Directors and the PBA Vice-president annually appoints a lawyer and a non-lawyer to sit on the Foundation Board as Designated Directors when the Vice-president assumes the presidency.

The Foundation directs the bulk of its grant support to funding public education and pro bono outreach programs conducted by the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation supports programs that increase the public’s understanding of the law and promote equal access to justice.

The Foundation is the philanthropic partner of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. We accomplish our mission by: making grants; administering a statewide loan repayment assistance program for attorneys employed by IOLTA-funded civil legal services organizations; seeking financial support from individuals and organizations both within and outside of the legal community; and encouraging bar members to donate their time, talent and expertise in service to the public.

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation funds programs and projects consistent with its charitable mission and purposes. At this point, the bulk of our support is directed to programs and projects conducted by the Pennsylvania Bar Association. As the Foundation builds capacity, we hope to entertain grant applications from a variety of sources.

Programs historically supported by Foundation funds include:

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation funds programs and projects consistent with its charitable mission and purposes. The bulk of our support is directed to programs and projects conducted by the Pennsylvania Bar Association. As the Foundation builds capacity, we will be able to entertain grant applications from a more varied list of sources.

The Art Birdsall County Bar Impact Grant Program assist county bar associations in the furtherance of a charitable, educational or pro bono program or project or the enhancement of an existing charitable, educational or pro bono program or project that succeeds in making an immediate impact on the way a county bar operates in service to its members, its court and its community.

No. The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation funds programs and projects consistent with its charitable mission and purposes. At this point, the bulk of our support is directed to programs and projects conducted by the Pennsylvania Bar Association. As the Foundation builds capacity, we hope to entertain grant applications from a variety of sources.

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization. Your contributions are fully deductible provided no goods or services were received in consideration of your donation.

Yes, subject to review by the Foundation’s Gifts Committee.

Fellows are members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, in good standing, who contribute to the Foundation in any calendar year a sum to be determined from time-to-time by the Board of Directors. Fellows are entitled to vote as members during that calendar year. Fellow membership is limited to 2% of the lawyers admitted to practice in Pennsylvania proportionately distributed among the Pennsylvania Bar Association zones by numerical lawyer population. Any zone may waive its quota in whole or in part any year and the number of memberships so waived shall be reallocated among the other zones.

A Life Fellow is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, who contributes to the Foundation a total amount to be determined from time-to-time by the Board of Directors over a number of consecutive years to be determined from time-to-time by the Board of Directors. A Life Fellow is not be required to make any payments thereafter in order to retain his or her right to vote as a member of the Foundation. Life Fellows do not count against the two percent quota.

Yes, if you are a member of the PBA.

There are many opportunities to become actively involved in the work of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. Foundation committees are the dynamos of the organization. There are presently thirteen committees carrying out the work of the Foundation: Audit; Bylaws; Events; Finance; Fundraising; Goffman Awards; Grants; Investment; Nominating; PBF/PBA-YLD Pro Bono Grant Project; Planned Giving; Scholarship; and Silent Auction. Each is more fully described in the Committee Sign-up Form. If you are interested in joining one or two, or more, or if you would like more information, please contact Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Executive Director E. Marie Queen. She can be reached via phone at 888-238-3036 or via e-mail at info@pabarfoundation.org.

Yes, the Foundation is most grateful for the contribution and routinely sends acknowledgements to the donor and the person designated for the memorial or honorarium.

To update your personal information, please contact the Pennsylvania Bar Association at 800-932-0311 or online through the PBA Membership Dashboard at www.pabar.org.

The satisfaction that comes with philanthropy and the recognition and endorsement of the vital and unique role the Bar plays in ensuring access to justice and in educating our youth about our justice system and the privileges of democracy.

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation is always ready to welcome outstanding and proactive Bar leaders who consistently demonstrate their dedication to their state and local bar association and the various committees and sections that carry out the important work of the Bar. Individuals seeking to become Foundation Fellows are encouraged to visit the following page and submit the Fellows Application.

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