The New Hampshire Bar Foundation is a nonprofit, grant-making charitable foundation dedicated to supporting civil legal aid for the disadvantaged and law-related education in New Hampshire.


The New Hampshire Bar Foundation promotes the role of lawyers in securing equal access to justice and supports the charitable and educational aims of the New Hampshire Bar and its members. Read more.

NH Bar Foundation Continues 2020 Annual Appeal

You Make The Difference

“The New Hampshire Bar Foundation remains committed to funding vital programs providing access to justice to our most vulnerable New Hampshire citizens during COVID-19. With most of our upcoming fundraising events postponed, there will be a gap in funding for the important grants we typically offer to necessary community programs. Now more than ever, New Hampshire citizens need your support. The New Hampshire legal community is one that can overcome great challenges and obstacles together, and your generous support during these challenging times is vital.”

Your donation supports civic education for children and adults and provides local programs and organizations with much needed funds to do good work.

    Justice Grants                IOLTA Grants

IOLTA  and Justice Grants Supporting NH’s Most Vulnerable

Supporting Pro Bono In Action:

Providing Security Mary, a single woman in her seventies, faced eviction from her apartment. As with many elderly, her Social Security check barely covered her rent, requiring her to borrow money from her friends and church to cover living expenses. When served with an eviction notice during late winter, alleging damage to the unit due to frozen pipes and other issues, Mary knew she needed to leave but required additional time to find other housing. Her limited income made such a transition a challenge. NH Pro Bono referred Mary to an attorney who was able to defeat the eviction, providing her with more time to relocate. The Pro Bono staff also equipped Mary with
contact information for social service agencies who could help her locate affordable housing and assist in meeting her basic needs.

NH Bar Foundation Announces 2020 Kenison Award and Kirby Award Recipients

2020 Frank Rowe Kenison Award Recipient – Judge Norman H. Stahl

2020 Kirby Award Recipient Caroline K. Leonard


Scenes From the 2019 Annual Dinner

2019 Justice Reception

Justice James Bassett and Attorney Thomas Burack performs the historical Daniel Webster speech from Dartmouth College v. Woodward at the 2019 Fellows Justice Reception on May 22, 2019.

Attorneys: Make Your IOLTA Dollars Count More

Your IOLTA deposits earn substantially more if you use one of the Leadership Level financial institutions that support the New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s mission by paying 2 percent or more on IOLTA deposits. Now, financial institutions paying at least 1 percent also are being specially recognized as Partner Level financial institutions. IOLTA has generated nearly $32 million for civil legal services and public education over its 33-year history. Read about the  NHBF-IOLTA-Grants-Impact have had on the work of grantees to enhance access to justice for NH’s vulnerable citizens.

Bar Foundation Annual Dinner

Save the Date – September 22,2020

Support New Hampshire Bar Foundation

Your tax deductible contribution will help support non-profit legal service organizations serving NH citizens. Make a secure credit card donation online or send your check to: NH Bar Foundation at 2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301. Learn about other ways to give. Please contact us by email or at 603-715-3210 for information on other giving options.

IOLTA Program

The IOLTA Program funds critical services in New Hampshire communities. Interest earned on these accounts supports the Bar Foundation’s statewide IOLTA Grants Program. Through IOLTA grants, tens of thousands of our most vulnerable citizens receive free or low cost civil legal services. IOLTA grants also fund educational programs that teach our youth and the public about the law and the justice system.

FY 2019 IOLTA Impact Statement Now Available

NH Bar Foundation IOLTA annual report