Bar Foundation’s Annual Fund Campaign Needs Your Donation Today
The Foundation was established nearly 50 years ago by visionary leaders of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in the hope that it would become a valuable community resource, and it has—granting more than $8 million to legal services programs serving nonprofits throughout Los Angeles County. LACBA members, this is your Foundation, and through it, you can make a difference.
The Foundation makes grants to the four LACBA-operated projects: AIDS Legal Services Project, Domestic Violence Project, Center for Civic Mediation, and the Immigration Legal Assistance Project. These projects and programs rely heavily on the Foundation’s financial support to help defray operating expenses. Of the $198,310 granted by the Foundation during fiscal year 2010-11, grants to the four LACBA projects totaled $160,235 (80.8 percent).
The Foundation also provides much-needed funds to numerous other highly respected projects serving Los Angeles County that have helped families, children, men, and women in the areas of children’s rights, disability rights, domestic violence, education of youth about their rights and responsibilities under the law, family law, free legal clinics, immigration, and mental health. A Foundation grant of $1,000 or more not only directly assists such organizations but also provides the indirect benefit of giving added credibility to those recipients when they seek grants from other funding sources.
Your donation will become part of the pool of funds the Foundation awards to projects that 1) provide free or low-cost legal services to needy individuals, 2) aim to improve the administration of justice, and 3) teach the public about the law and its responsibilities. (Note: The Foundation does not fund scholarships or individual efforts.)
Served by a 44-member volunteer board of directors, the Foundation enjoys an ongoing relationship with its grant recipients, submits them to a rigorous grant application process, and monitors their operations and services. You make the donation, and the Foundation does the legwork. Rest assured that your donation will be put to good use.
Grant requests always exceed funds available. Each year, grant requests are far greater than the amount of funds available. Public sector funding has been drastically reduced or eliminated for many programs, and more are turning to private sector funding sources like the Foundation. Given the current state of the economy, most charitable organizations are bracing for a third round of possible decreases in charitable donations just when services are most needed. Your contribution is more important than ever for 2011-12.
During last year’s fund drive, the Foundation raised almost $300,000 by sending letters and making phone calls to individual attorneys, law firms, foundations, and other entities as well as appealing to LACBA members to include a modest donation when paying their annual dues. This effort enabled the Foundation to award grants to 23 organizations, increase the size of its endowment fund, and cover its operating expenses. However, grant requests for the same period totaled almost $390,000.
Helping is easy. You can select one of the following options:
1. Include the $50 voluntary suggested contribution to the Foundation when paying your annual LACBA membership dues. If your firm pays your dues but not the contribution, please include a personal check payable to the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation. (You can give more or less than $50 as your situation allows.) Consider this: If every LACBA member donated just the $50 suggested on the dues statement, and the Foundation received no other contributions from any other sources, there would be enough money to fund every grant applicant in full.
2. Send a check directly to the Foundation office. Tax-deductible contributions may be mailed to the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation, PO Box 55020, Los Angeles, CA 90055-2020.
3. Make an electronic donation using your credit card (VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover) by going to www.lacbf.org and clicking on the DONATE NOW button.
4. Call Ivan Price, Foundation Executive Director, at (213) 896-6409 for information about monthly or quarterly automatic installment payments, credit card contributions, or service on the Board of Directors. (Currently, 44 members serve on the board; 48 are desired.)