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Bar News - August 16, 2017

Budgets for Bar Association and Affiliates Maintain Dues Level

Notice of Budget Information Session All Members Welcome

The annual Budget Information Session is scheduled for Thursday, August 24, 2017, from 2-3 p.m. at the NH Bar Center, 2 Pillsbury Street, third floor, Concord, New Hampshire.

Bring your questions and join the discussion about this fiscal year’s association budget. Any questions or comments, in advance, may be emailed to Paula Lewis, NHBA Director of Business Operations.

Budget for Fiscal Year 201
(June 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018)

The 2017-2018 fiscal year budgets for the New Hampshire Bar Association and its Affiliates (NH Pro Bono Referral System and NHBA Insurance Agency, Inc.) were presented to and approved by the NHBA Board of Governors in mid-May. The NHBA and NH Pro Bono budgets are balanced, and report a .65 percent increase in revenue and expenses over the prior year’s budget, while the NHBA Insurance Agency budget estimates a slight surplus of $4,754.

A conservative, creative approach and dedicated, motivated staff have enabled the budget to retain the capacity for member and public service – in particular, through continued support of the NH Pro Bono Referral System, Law Related Education programs, and the Leadership Academy – despite reduced or lost funding and without increasing membership dues.

Budget Highlights

The NH Bar Association and NH Pro Bono Referral System budgets, combined, total $4.23 million.

Revenue Breakdown

  • 46 percent - Membership Dues which is expected to increase by $39,315 to $1,952,730 over last year, due to projected increase of 184 members in the fiscal year.
  • 32 percent - Member Products and Services, of which the majority is Continuing Legal Education revenue ($1,329,188)
  • 19 percent - Grants and Fundraising ($812,881)
  • 3 percent - Other, of which the majority is Section Dues ($133,333)

Expense Breakdown

  • The largest expense for most service-intensive organizations, including NHBA and its affiliates, are personnel (salary, wages and benefits) and facility costs. Virtually all activities at the Bar Center are service-related; hence the single-largest expense in the budget is staffing to provide programs and services at 65 percent of the total expenditure budget ($2,739,079).
  • 28 percent of staff – 11 of the 40 staff members at the Bar Center – are funded by grants or specific program funding. The majority of these staff members are employed with the NH Pro Bono Referral System.
Organization Full-time Equivalent
New Hamphire Bar Association 29.105
NH Pro Bono Referral System 7.033
NH Bar Foundation 1.350
NH Minimum Continuing Legal Education (NHMCLE) 1.025
NHBA Insurance Agency, Inc. 1.000
Total budgeted full-time staff equivalents 39.514

Breakout of Staff by Organization: NHBA and Affiliates

  • Program Expenses make up 20 percent of the total expenditure budget and relate to member and public programming and services ($829,970)
  • Overhead costs are kept at a minimum and are 15 percent of the total expenditure budget, with the largest expenses being facilities, information technology/data processing and credit card processing fees paid for from revenues as a service to NHBA members.

Significant Variances Between Fiscal Budgets Ending May 31, 2017 and 2018

  • Fiscal Budget for this year (June 1, 2017-May 31, 2018) came in $27,168 higher in revenues and expenses than the prior year, meaning that the additional expenses estimated are offset by additional expected revenues.
  • Miscellaneous Grants increased by $156,665 due to expected increases in Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Pro Hac Vice grants to NH Pro Bono Referral System, as well as an additional grant award to NH Pro Bono from Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and NH Bar Foundation funding from a national Bank of America settlement to support a criminal annulment initiative.
  • Foreclosure Relief Program funding received by NH Pro Bono Referral System is winding down and will decrease revenue by $181,548, offsetting the uptick in the Miscellaneous Grant line. The Foreclosure Relief Program began in November 2012 funded through the National Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement with the expectation to continue for three years, but these funds lasted through February 2017 and have since been augmented by Bar Foundation support, through a Bank of America donation. The Foreclosure Project, in collaboration with NHLA and LARC, is expected to conclude this fiscal year. In direct relations to the drop in revenue is the drop in Foreclosure Program Expenses, which drop by $51,255 from the prior year’s budget.
  • Personnel Expenses declined by $27,416 partly due to the NH Business Enterprise Tax being reclassified out of Personnel Expenses to the Miscellaneous Expense line where other business taxes are reported. In addition, employee benefits are reported at actual cost due to receiving renewal information from the broker prior to the submission of the budget to the Board of Governors.
  • As noted in the bullet above, Miscellaneous Expense was increased by $17,000 from the NH Business Enterprise Tax, as well as an expected increase in credit card fees as member usage of online payment processing for all NHBA invoices is expected to increase. Total increase from last year expected overall for credit card fees, business taxes and other minor miscellaneous expenses is $63,408.
  • New charges on the Committees Expenses line of the budget include plans for a Bench/Bar meeting as well as a Gender Equality Survey approved by the NHBA Board of Governors at the February 2017 board meeting, to increase the line over last year by $12,387.
  • Marketing and Outreach funding was increased by $32,800 for expansion of the marketing budget as it relates to the NHBA strategic plan and realignment focusing on branding and outreach.

NH Bar Association Approved Budget

NHBA Revenue Sources
FY 2017-2018
NHBA Total Resources Allocations
FY 2017-2018

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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