Crime, Legal Related

Illinois Bar Foundation

  • Chicago, IL
  • www.illinoisbarfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The mission ofthe Illinois Bar Foundation is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity

Main Programs

  1. Access to Justice Grants
  2. Warren Lupel Lawyers Care Fund
  3. Post-Graduate Fellowships
Service Areas

Self-reported

Illinois

State of Illinois

ruling year

1959

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. David M Anderson

Keywords

Self-reported

Legal aid, aid to lawyers in need, Illinois, ISBA

Notes from the Nonprofit

Over fifty years ago, a handful of visionary leaders founded the Illinois Bar Foundation. Their initial commitment was to provide aid to deserving members of the Illinois Bar who, because of age or infirmity, could no longer provide for their own care or support. Since then, the Foundation has expanded its scope to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. With the Vision to be the statewide leader in advancing equal justice, the Foundation has established the following organizational objectives: enhance the availability of legal aid to those of limited means; encourage pro-bono legal work; educate Illinois residents regarding their rights and responsibilities under the law; and extend assistance to colleagues in need of support.

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EIN

37-0810222

 Number

6390899671

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (I12)

Public Foundations (T30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Access to Justice Grants

The Illinois Bar Foundation Grants Program seeks to support organizations that provide meaningful access to the civil justice system, especially for those with limited means.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

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None

Budget

Program 2

Warren Lupel Lawyers Care Fund

The Illinois Bar Foundation offers monthly support to help eligible lawyers and their families maintain modest but reasonable standards of living. With age, illness and physical disabilities adding to other problems, retired lawyers, widows and widowers often experience the need for financial assistance to cope with living expenses and medical costs. Catastrophic illness and the related medical expenses often deplete even the most successful lawyer's savings, and these significant medical bills make maintaining a reasonable standard of living nearly impossible. The IBF helps keep them in their homes, buy groceries, and pay for the essentials of living as they deal with these challenges.

Category

Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Population(s) Served

None

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Budget

Program 3

Post-Graduate Fellowships

In recognition of the vast unmet civil legal needs of low-income residents of the State of Illinois and understanding that these needs are best served when addressed by a trained attorney, the Board of Directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation has announced its intention to fund year-long post-graduate legal fellowships in partnership with law schools operating civil legal aid clinics in the State of Illinois. The IBF and the law schools will share the cost of each Fellowship which will be awarded annually. Fellowships will be awarded by selected law schools to qualifying graduates who will work in their alma mater’s civil legal aid clinic.

Category

Professional Development & Training

Population(s) Served

None

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Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The goal of the Illinois Bar Foundation is to become the statewide leader in advancing justice. To do this, the IBF aims to: enhance the availability of legal aid to those of limited means; encourage pro-bono legal work; educate Illinois residents regarding their rights and responsibilities under the law; and extend assistance to colleagues in need of support.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To meet the goals, the IBF has three programs. The first is the Access to Justice Grants program. These grants are given to legal aid non-profits throughout the state that provide legal aid, pro bono work, and increase legal information to the public. The second program is the Warren Lupel Lawyers Care program that provides monthly support to lawyers and their families who have fallen on hard times. And thirdly, the Post-Graduate Legal Fellowships, the newest initiative of the IBF, hopes to: increase access to civil legal aid for low income residents of the State of Illinois by providing efficient and effective legal services by qualified lawyers; help new attorneys develop practical legal skills and hone interpersonal, professional and business skills in order to enhance their prospects of employment at the conclusion of the Fellowship; instill in new attorneys a spirit of public interest law so that they can continue their service of low income clients throughout their career; and enhance the image of the legal profession.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The capabilities for the IBF to do the work they are doing comes from its board members, ISBA members, and supporters. Without the support of Illinois attorneys, law firms, and companies, the IBF would not be able to provide access to justice grants, aid to lawyers in need, and fellowships to recent law school graduates.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The IBF measures its success in both the qualitative and quantitative ways. First the IBF measures the amount of individuals its serves through its access to justice grants, Warren Lupel Lawyers Care fund, and Legal Fellowships. From those data points, the IBF is able to determine who they are helping and measures those points against prior years.

    The second qualitative measurement requires the IBF to measure, the effectiveness of their programs against other organizations doing similar work. The IBF strides to answer these questions when evaluating its programs: are other organizations making more meaningful strides in the area of access to justice, are there ways in which the IBF can improve its mission and goals, and is the service the IBF provides thoughtful and meaningful.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In the past eight years, the IBF has given more than $2.5 million in grants to legal-aid organizations across the state of Illinois. In the last five years, the IBF has given more $640,000 to Illinois lawyers or their families in need. In its first year, the Post-Graduate Legal Fellowships hopes to provide three fellowships in Illinois totaling $75,000 to recent law school graduates.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Illinois

State of Illinois

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Financials

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Illinois Bar Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Illinois Bar Foundation

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Executive Director

Mr. David M Anderson

BIO

David M. Anderson,with more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, has been named executive director of the Illinois Bar Foundation. Anderson has held a variety of leadership positions in development, operations and grant making while with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, where he led a team of more than 100 professionals across the country on behalf of the Foundation's 9/11 disaster Relief Campaign, raising $20 million. Anderson was the founding executive director of the McCormick Freedom Museum, a museum dedicated to the First Amendment. In that role, he was responsible for assembling the team to design, build and operate this one-of-a-kind museum. As a board volunteer, Anderson is the president of Bears Care, the charitable arm of the Chicago Bears and has been a long-serving board member of BUILD, an organization with a 40-year history of serving at-risk youth across Chicago. Anderson received a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University in 1990 and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1999. He currently resides in Chicago's Lathrop/West Lakeview neighborhood, and is a native of Winfield, IL.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Hon. Debra B Walker

Circuit Court of Cook County

Term: Oct 2012 - June 2014

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?