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.

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The Hon. William F. Batchelder Justice Fund was created in 1998 by Hon. John and Skye Maher to support legal services for low income and other disadvantaged people of New Hampshire.  The fund is managed by the NH Charitable Foundation and the NH Bar Foundation makes bi-annual Justice Grants from the proceeds.  Past recipients have been UNH School of Law- Warren B. Rudman Center, Catholic Charities of NH, Legal Advice & Referral Center, NH Legal Assistance, and Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support Services to name just a few.  Click on the link to the right to make your donation today in honor of the late Hon. William F. Batchelder.

NH Bar Foundation’s IOLTA Grants Committee

Nominations are now being accepted for those interested in serving on the NH Bar Foundation’s IOLTA Grants Committee. There is one five-year term available on the committee. Interested candidates should complete the Nomination Form and return it to the Foundation no later than July 12, 2019. Nominees must be an Active NH licensed attorney currently participating in the IOLTA program either on their own or through their firm. Attorneys are permitted to nominate themselves.

2019 Annual Appeal

The Democracy Project: Renewing History and Civics in New Hampshire Schools

On March 19, the NH Bar Foundation Fellows and other Bar members were treated to ta reception at the NH Historical Society in Concord for the unveiling of their four-year project to help bring history and civics education back to our schools. The initiative has three focus areas: curriculum development, teacher training and advocacy at the state and school levels. The new curriculum will be provided free of charge to all New Hampshire schools. Volunteers are needed to advocate the program to school districts and programs through out the state. If you are interested in participating or donating to the program or to donate to the program, please contact Society President Bill Dunlap or call  603-856-0601

Scenes 2018 NH Bar Foundation Annual Dinner

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.

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 2018 IOLTA Impact Statement Now Available