The West Virginia Bar Foundation is the philanthropic organization for our state’s legal profession and justice system. Its mission is to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services for our citizens.
Beginning in 2004, the Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors—a diverse group of fifteen lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice which sets the policies for the organization—began to award grants to worthwhile charitable groups that met the mission’s goals and objectives. Since that time, almost $100,000 in grants has been made in 23 awards to entities. Even more impressive is that more than $85,000 of that amount has been distributed in just the past three years.
The Bar Foundation welcomes grant applications from any eligible entity. The application is easy to understand and complete. It is located on this website—wvbarfoundation.org—under Grants on the toolbar. The Grants Committee and the Board review applications and make decisions on a quarterly basis.
The grantees and their beneficial programs are listed below.
The Bar Foundation will continue to give its support to projects which achieve its mission.
DATE ORGANIZATION ACTIVITY
3/04 Legal Aid of WV Legal Needs Survey
7/04 ChildLaw Services Child Abuse Prevention
6/05 WALS Foundation Student Mock Trials
3/06 Charleston Catholic H.S. Health Care Directives (Clay Co.)
10/06 WV Public Broadcasting Closed Captioning
2/07 Wheeling Jesuit University Constitution Day
10/07 Junior Achievement Student Legal Studies
6/08 Legal Aid of WV Statewide Technology Network
6/08 WV Supreme Court Student Law Adventure
6/08 WV Center for Civic Life Civic Literacy
9/08 Legal Aid of WV Statewide Technology Network
10/08 The Resource IOLTA Comparability Rule
2/09 WVU College of Law International Law
3/09 We, the People Constitution Student Debate
6/09 Harrison Co. Child Advocacy Child Abuse Forensic Interviews
6/09 WV Association of Counties Co. Courthouse Documentary
7/09 The Resource IOLTA Comparability Rule
9/09 Fayette Co. Education Fund Student Legal Leadership
12/09 Family Counseling Connection Sex Offense Treatment Training
12/09 Alliance for Children Guardian ad Litem Handbook
3/10 The Law Works-Public Broadcasting Legal Education TV Program
3/10 Hi-Y Leadership Center Student Leadership Training
3/10 WVU College of Law Public Service Scholarship
Total Grants -$97,573