You Can Strengthen Justice in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Bar Foundation is poised to respond to current and emerging civil legal needs. NH Bar Foundation grants support nonprofit legal service organizations serving New Hampshire residents who are striving to overcome poverty, abuse, and discrimination.

Maximizing Your IOLTA Account
Your IOLTA dollars make a big impact when your IOLTA account is held at a Leadership or Partner Level financial institution.

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In addition to the strong support we receive from the legal community and financial institutions, the NH Bar Foundation also receives and welcomes support from corporations, foundations, individuals, and families.

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Ways To Give

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is an unrestricted, general support fund that preserves Bar Foundation services and provides funding for a range of new and innovative programs that envision new ways to create equal justice for all. Grants made from this fund often make a big difference for non-profit organizations and law-related programs serving New Hampshire residents.

Categories of Giving

Chair $5,000 and above
Leader $2,500-$4,999
Partner $1,000-$2,499
Advocate $500-$999
Supporter $250-$499
Associate $100-249
Friend up to $99
Justice Society Program

Justice Society funds represent donors who have united to increase the effectiveness and ensure the future of their philanthropy. The Justice Society is comprised of permanent, yet flexible, endowed funds that offer donors the opportunity to:

  • Create a fund to which others may contribute in your honor
  • Address ongoing and emerging civil legal issues
  • Benefit specific types of legal services or educational programs
  • Provide funding to help particular groups of people (elderly, children, domestic violence victims, etc.)

These endowed funds are held by the NH Charitable Foundation and pooled for investment purposes to generate maximum interest. Each year, distributions from the funds are awarded by the Bar Foundation through the competitive Justice Grant application process to nonprofit organizations. Please email or call the New Hampshire Bar Foundation at 603-715-3210 to learn more about establishing a fund.

Donations may be made to Justice Society Funds at any time throughout the year.

Advancement of Justice Fund and Richard P. Dunfey Fund support access to justice for low-income
people, public education about the law, and other projects that improve the administration of justice.

William A. Baker Fund supports pro bono legal assistance for disadvantaged people in NH.
Hon. William F. Batchelder Fund supports legal services for low-income and other disadvantaged
people in New Hampshire.

Stanley M. and Thalia M. Brown Fund supports public education about the law, with an emphasis on
educating the NH legislature about the justice system in New Hampshire.

Vickie Bunnell Memorial Fund supports access to justice for low-income people, public education about the law, and other projects that improve the administration of justice in the North Country with a special focus on the prevention of violence in the family and community.

Consumer Protection Law Reform Fund to support consumer advocacy by NH Legal Assistance through NHLA.

Judge Richard F. Cooper Fund benefits disadvantaged children and youth in the Rochester, NH area.

Charles W. Dean Trust Fund (held by NH Charitable Foundation) provides prisoners at NH State
Prison, or persons accused of crimes, a means of telling their story relating to the crime for which they are imprisoned or charged.

Justice William A. Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism supports an annual award to a judicial member of the New Hampshire Bar Association who best reflects the highest standards of integrity, legal knowledge and ability, judicial temperament, diligence and compassion.

J. Albert and Mildred E. Lynch Fund supports educational efforts on the importance of property rights in a free society.

A. J. McDonough Family Fund supports efforts to address the legal needs of New Hampshire’s senior citizens, with an emphasis on projects that provide information, education, and advice about healthcare and nursing home alternatives, legal rights, and asset protection.

The McLane Fund supports broad charitable purposes consistent with the mission of the NHBF.

Arthur & Esther Nighswander Justice Fund supports development of competent, reflective citizens by providing grants for programs and projects which educate participants on the principles and history of the United States Constitution, with particular emphasis on civil liberties and civil rights.

Frederic K. Upton Justice Fund promotes and supports law-related education.

Voluntary Prevention Fund supports efforts to promote ethics and professionalism and to prevent
misconduct by members of the NH Bar Association.

Planned Giving

Planned charitable giving may be done during your lifetime or through your will. Securities, Trusts, Real Estate, Retirement Plans, and Life Insurance are a few of the assets that offer attractive options for many donors. The tax benefits depend on the vehicle used. We would be pleased to discuss the options with you.

Major Gifts

Major Gifts offer an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy through the Bar Foundation. Justice Funds are created through Major Gifts and may be restricted to donor-specified objectives or be broader in scope allowing for a range of worthwhile programs to be considered for funding. Named funds may be established with $10,000 or more.

Memorial & Honorary Gifts

The Bar Foundation encourages organizations, firms, individuals, and families to remember a colleague, family member or friend by making a memorial gift to our endowment. Gifts may be made in recognition of special occasions such as birthdays, marriages, anniversaries, graduations, passing the Bar exam, making partner, appointment to the bench, retirement, or other celebrations.

Cy Pres Awards

The cy pres doctrine is a court approved method of distributing a damage fund when the original purpose cannot be achieved. The recent legal trend relies on both the doctrine of cy pres and the court’s broad equitable powers to allow flexibility in the distribution of class action residual funds, and permit the use of funds for broad public interest purposes by educational, charitable, and other public service organizations. Cy pres awards designated to the Bar Foundation’s endowment are one of the best means available to provide civil legal assistance to those who need it the most.

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