The New York Bar Foundation

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  • Deadlines
    • 12/3/18--Deadline for Melvyn Mitzner Real Property Law Scholarship

      The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the 2019 Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship.  The $5,000 scholarship was established by The Foundation through a gift from the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and from Rosalyn Mitzner to honor the memory of Melvyn Mitzner, a former Chair of the Section.  Click here for application and information.

    • 12/3/18--Deadline for the Lorraine Power Tharp Real Property Law Scholarship

      The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the 2019 Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship.  The $5,000 scholarship was established by The Foundation through a gift from the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) to honor the memory of Lorraine Power Tharp, Esq., a former Chair of the Section and a former President of the Association.  Click here for application and information.

    • Foundation Receives Gifts From NYSBA Sections

      The New York Bar Foundation received two new gifts from Sections of the NYSBA to be allocated to the grant program. They now join The General Practice Section in partnering with The Foundation to make a difference via our grant program.  Thank you!  Read the articles here.

  • Grants

    The New York Bar Foundation NEW Online Grant Application

    In an effort to streamline our process, we’ve migrated to an on-line system, offering you the opportunity to draft, save and submit your application at your convenience. Our system allows you to upload the documents that are necessary to submit your application with ease. All you need to do is create an account for your organization, and apply!

    2019 Grant Applications will be accepted August 1, 2018 through September 15, 2018.

    ** Please note, no paper applications will be accepted.

    Our mission and criteria for applications has not changed. The deadline to submit an application for a grant to be used during 2019 is September 15, 2018.

     The New York Bar Foundation solicits charitable contributions and provides funding to enhance the rule of law and the system of justice in New York. Grants are awarded in these four areas:

    • Facilitating the delivery of legal services
    • Improving the justice system and the law
    • Enhancing professional competence and ethics
    • Increasing public understanding of the law

    Our new online application is available here.

    Guidelines are available here.

    Prior grantees--download a grantee reporting form here.

  • 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!