WV Bar Foundation grants have had an important impact in fulfilling the mission of improving the of WV in administration of justice and the provision of legal services to low income citizens in the state.

The first grant was provided to Legal Aid of WV in March, 2004, for a necessary Legal Needs Survey that spearheaded the efforts over the last decade to enable a more effective and efficient process to help low income men, women and children with their legal cases. Since that time, almost $270,000 in Bar Foundation funds have been distributed and committed with more than $250,000 occurring in just the past 6 years. Forty-five separate grants and four designated funds have been made for the benefit of West Virginians.

More than half of the total money has been for student scholarships at the WVU College of Law, including the exemplary Bar Foundation Public Service Scholarship to a student who makes a commitment to pursue a legal career in the public service. Approximately $75,000 has been directed to public education endeavors and more than $50,000 to child abuse and neglect prevention and free civil legal services for the poor.

From anti-bullying and mock trial programs in the schools to health care directives and guardian ad litem handbooks in local communities, Bar Foundation grants are having a very positive impact on the lives of individuals and families in all parts of the state. The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors has a strategic plan to enhance and increase the grants program to accomplish its mission and to better serve the people of West Virginia.



The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors, a diverse group of thirteen lawyers and two judges from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, December 4, at 12:00 Noon at the Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso law office in Charleston.

The Board’s agenda includes several governance matters including the 2013-14 Independent Audit, the awarding of Bar Foundation grants, the selection of the 2015 class of Bar Foundation Fellows and strategic planning decisions.





It has been reported that 28% of all donations and contributions are made each year during the month of December!

As you consider giving money to charitable organizations at this time of the year, we hope that you will make a tax deductible payment to the WV Bar Foundation, the philanthropic organization for the legal profession and the justice system. Your funds will be used to further the mission of improving the administration of justice and the provision of legal services to WV’s citizens.

Donations can be made by check to the WV Bar Foundation or use your credit/debit card through the simple PayPal donation process on the Bar Foundation’s website—

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



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