In fulfilling its mission to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services for West Virginia’s citizens, the WV Bar Foundation and its fifteen member Board of Directors place a priority on approving grants to non-profit charitable organizations to support beneficial programs and activities.
Since making its first grant in 2004, the Bar Foundation has provided a total of 39 grants for a total amount of over $188,000 with the vast majority of the grants, almost $175,000, occurring since June, 2008. The general categories of the grants are as follows:

Public Education-$73,200 (21 Grants)
Law Student Education-$67,875 (5 Grants)
Legal Services for Low income Citizens-$30,634 (5 Grants)
Child Abuse Prevention-$16,499 (8 Grants)

In addition, during the past three years, the Bar Foundation has held successful Lunch and Laughs with a Legal Legend annual events with 50% of the proceeds–more than $30,000–being directed to law student scholarships and law student clinics at the WVU College of Law.
The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors will continue to pursue its stated objectives and supporting worthwhile law related services through its important grants program.

The Bar Foundation’s process for making grants is simple and easy.
The grant application form is located on the homepage of the Bar Foundation’s website—
Once the form is completed and sent to the Bar Foundation office—it is best to provide it electronically—then it is reviewed by the Grants Committee, which consists of three members of the Board of Directors. The Committee’s recommendations are made during the following quarterly meeting of the full Board of Directors.
Since the Board meets at the beginning of March, June, September and December, the deadline dates for grant applications are:

February 1
May 1
August 1
November 1

The Bar Foundation Board of Directors hopes that its judicial and lawyer members will encourage non profit groups from all parts of the state which are involved in improving the administration of justice and providing legal services to the State’s citizens to consider applying for Bar Foundation grants to enhance their necessary work.

As a non profit charitable entity, the Bar Foundation’s grants program is supported by contributions and donations from its members and interested parties in West Virginia and other states.
The Board of Directors strongly encourages YOU to consider making a tax deductible donation so that the grants program can be increased and enhanced.
Especially, as the end of 2013 approaches, please give consideration to making a contribution to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services for the state’s men, women and children.
Thank you for cooperation and consideration.

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Thomas R. Tinder, Esq.
Executive Director
West Virginia Bar Foundation
Post Office Box 4845
Charleston, WV 25364

The philanthropic organization for West Virginia’s legal profession and justice system.
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