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  • Deadlines
    • Deadline Extended to 12/16/16: Deadline to apply for the Real Property Law Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship

      The $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a second- or third-year law student who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine – academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and, if possible, an interest in real property law.   Click here for application and guidelines.

    • 12/16/16: Deadline Extended for the Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship

      The $5,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to a second or third-year law student. Efforts will be made to honor Melvyn Mitzner’s commitment to professional achievement in the area of real property law including legal writing, lecturing and scholarship; and diversity in the profession.  Click here for the application and guidelines.

    • 12.5.16--Deadline to apply for the Hon. Judith S. Kaye Children and the Law Committee Scholarship

       The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 The Honorable Judith S. Kaye Children and the Law Committee Scholarship which has been established through a special project of the Committee on Children and the Law of The New York State Bar Association.

        The scholarship will be awarded to three students who will age out or have aged out of foster care with a permanency goal of Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA) and are enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or post high school certificate program during the 2016-2017 academic year. Students must demonstrate a school-related financial need beyond tuition that is not being met by other sources.   Click here for guidelines and application.

    • 12/16/16 Deadline Extended for the Hon. Joel K. Asarch Elder Law and Special Needs Scholarship

      The New York Bar Foundation announces that the the 2017 The Honorable Joel K. Asarch Elder Law and Special Needs Section Scholarship deadline has been extended. The $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York during the 2016-2017 academic year and is actively participating in an Elder Law Clinic at the school during the 2016-2017 academic year or performs other substantial efforts which demonstrate interest in the legal rights of the elderly or those with disabilities.  Click here for guidelines and application.

    • Firm Challenge Announced

      The New York Bar Foundation announces the 2016 Firm Challenge!

      The Foundation launched “Impact Campaign 2016” in January.  As part of this vital campaign we are inviting firms of all sizes to participate in the 2016 Firm Challenge! The Foundation believes that you and your firms care deeply about the communities you serve.  As law professionals you help us assist non-profit organizations through our grant program by matching needed funds to worthy and effective organizations.  The Firm Challenge is one way The Foundation can recognize our philanthropic partners while working towards the goal of doubling our grant program.

      Click here for sponsorship information!

    • Increase Your Gift Through Your Employee Match Program

      Do you know if your employer or your spouse’s employer has a matching gift program? 

      Many of the Fortune 500 companies and other small companies will match employee donations to nonprofit organizations including The New York Bar Foundation.  The process can be as easy as submitting an electronic or paper form to your employer.  Your company will then contact The Foundation for further information and determination of eligibility and send us a check directly.

      Thank you to the following is a list of companies that have matched employee gifts to The New York Bar Foundation:

      • The New York Community Trust
      • ExxonMobil Foundation
      • Freddie Mac Foundation
      • The GE Foundation
      • Goldman Sachs
      • Macy’s/Bloomingdale’s
      • Mutual of America Foundation
      • Qualcomm
      • Unilever United States Foundation, Inc.
        If you do not see your company listed please let us know if they have a Matching Gift program.   We would be happy to add them to the list.  Click here for a list of companies that may offer an employee matching gift program.

    • Thank you Firm Challenge Participants

      Thank YOU For Making A Difference!

      As part of The Foundation’s Impact Campaign law firms of all sizes are invited to participate in the 2016 Firm Challenge!  (Deadline is December 1). The Firm Challenge is one way The Foundation can recognize our philanthropic partners while working towards the goal of doubling our grant program.  Your firm’s participation helps assure that our grant program continues to grow.

      Thank you to the firms that have committed thus far! You make a difference!

    • Foundation Launches Impact Campaign

      The New York Bar Foundation needs YOUR help!  Click here to watch the video on how you make a difference! Click here to read about the campaign!

    • Campaign Thank You!

      Thank you to the people that donated to The Foundation's launch of "Impact Campaign 2016" during Annual Meeting Week!  Click here to view the list

    • 2/01/17: Deadline for Trusts and Estates Law Section Fellowship

      The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 Trusts and Estates Law Section Fellowship which has been established by the Foundation through a gift from the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. The Fellowship will be awarded to three first-year (1L) or second-year (2L) law students who are currently enrolled in law schools in the State of New York to work in trusts and estates law positions in the public sector in the State of New York during the summer of 2017. Click here for an application.

  • Grants

    Grant Request 
    This form can be filled out online by just clicking in each box or using the tab key to progress through the questions. Please print out the completed form and mail it to The New York Bar Foundation. The request form can also be printed and filled out by hand if necessary. 

    Click here for a grant request form.   The deadline for submission is September 15.  A signed copy of the grant guidelines must be submitted with the grant application.

    Click here to review Grant Guidelines.

    Click here for grant reporting form.


  • Ways to Give

    Your gift matters.


    Your gifts to The New York Bar Foundation make an important difference in helping to support charitable and educational law-related endeavors throughout New York State. Charitable contributions to The New York Bar Foundation are tax deductible, as allowed by law. Listed below are some of the ways that you can give:

    Click here to make a credit card donation online.

    GIFTS OF CASH
    A gift of cash is the easiest way to give to The Foundation. Make your check payable to THE NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION and mail to:

    The New York Bar Foundation
     One Elk Street
     Albany, NY 12207

    Or call Foundation headquarters at 518/487-5651 to give your gift through your credit card. You may give an unrestricted gift to be used for general purposes or you may direct your gift to one or more of our Restricted Funds. Please click here to go to our Restricted Funds page for further information.

    Charitable contributions of cash are fully income tax deductible up to a maximum of 50% of your annual adjusted gross income, with a five-year carryover of any unused deduction.

    Learn more about Planned Giving here.


    WHEN RENEWING YOUR NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP
    The New York Bar Foundation is grateful to those members of the New York State Bar Association who contribute to The Foundation by including their gift when paying annual membership dues. All members of the New York State Bar Association are encouraged to include a charitable contribution to The Foundation when paying your membership renewal dues each year. Your voluntary tax-deductible charitable contributions help The Foundation to award grants throughout New York State to fund charitable and educational law-related programs that facilitate the delivery of legal services, improve the justice system and the law, increase public understanding of the law, and enhance professional competence and ethics.


    IN MEMORY OF A LOVED ONE OR COLLEAGUE

    You can give a charitable contribution to The New York Bar Foundation as a fitting and lasting tribute to a deceased loved one or colleague. The family of the deceased will receive an acknowledgement of your gift, although the amount of your contribution will not be specified. 

    All lawyers, in whose name contributions are made, will be listed in a Foundation Memorial Book maintained at the New York State Bar Center in Albany. In addition, the names of deceased members, in whose memory bequests or contributions in the amount of $1,000 or more are made, will be permanently inscribed on a bronze plaque mounted in Memorial Hall facing the lovely courtyard at the Bar Center. 

    Such gifts will also be acknowledged in the Foundation’s Annual Report.  



    TO HONOR A LOVED ONE OR COLLEAGUE
    Upcoming Birthday?  Graduation?  Wedding?  Firm Anniversary?

    Oftentimes there are occasions when you would like to do “something special” to celebrate a special occasion for a loved one or colleague. Making a contribution to The New York Bar Foundation in honor of a friend, colleague or loved one on a special occasion is a fitting way to acknowledge the occasion and to support law-related charitable and educational programs. Examples of such occasions might include: the anniversary of a firm, the promotion of a colleague, receiving a special professional honor or passing the bar exam.

    The honoree will receive an acknowledgement of your gift, although the amount of your contribution will not be specified. In addition, such gifts will be acknowledged in The Foundation’s Annual Report.  


    THROUGH CORPORATE OR FIRM MATCHING GIFTS  

    Corporate or Firm Matching Gifts are an important way for you to maximize personal contributions to The New York Bar Foundation and will increase the impact of your gift. By taking advantage of a company’s Matching Gift Program, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of your contribution. 

    How to get your gift matched 
     Each company has its own guidelines for employees, spouses and retirees but most Matching Gift procedures are very simple and usually include the following steps:

    1.Request a Matching Gift Program form from the Human Resources Department or other appropriate department at your company or firm.

    2.Complete and submit the form to The New York Bar Foundation along with your gift. 
    3.The Foundation verifies your gift and sends the form to the proper institution. 
    4.The institution issues a Matching Gift contribution to The New York Bar Foundation.

    Completed forms should be sent with your check to:
    The New York Bar Foundation 
     One Elk Street
     Albany, NY 12207 
     


  • Why Give?

    When attorneys participate in The Foundation's philanthropic programs, we all play a key role in ultimately having a significant impact on life in New York State.

    Through the caring and sharing of lawyers, firms, and others, The Foundation supports the law-related programs of local legal-services agencies, non-profits, bar associations, and other organizations in communities around the corner and around the state.  The collective impact brings valuable access to justice for people in need who might otherwise be unrepresented, and for the support of legal education.

    The Foundation awards grants applying 100% of the funds contributed.
    The result is direct and meaningful support for:

    • Children
    • Domestic Violence Survivors
    • The Elderly
    • Tenants and Homeowners
    • Disabled Veterans
    • Teachers, Students, and Law Students

    The Foundation has launched a campaign and invite you to be a part of it!

    Click here to read the case for support!

    Click here to see how your gift can make a difference!