The Indianapolis Bar Foundation

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Indianapolis Bar Association, is a community-focused leader of the local legal profession. The foundation's ongoing grants and programs are maintained solely through the generosity and energy of its directors, fellows and donors. To further its mission and to make a greater impact on Indianapolis, the Foundation asks for your financial and volunteer support.


The Mission of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation is to advance justice and lead positive change in Indianapolis through philanthropy, education and service.

The Impact Fund

Applications and information about the grant criteria and process for the 2015 Impact Fund Grant will be available in early May 2015. Submissions will be accepted from June 1, 2015 through July 6, 2015.

The 2014 Impact Fund Grant recipient was the Joseph Maley Foundation. The IBF awarded the 2013 Impact Fund Grant to Indiana Legal Services, Inc. Learn more about the recipient and about the Impact Fund here.

The 2012 Impact Fund recipient was announced at a Celebration Breakfast on Wednesday, May 30. Reach for Youth's Teen Court Project was selected to receive the $35,000 Impact Grant provided by the IBF.  Teen Court is a program designed to reduce recidivism for first-time juvenile offenders by giving them a second chance to repair the harm they've caused without experiencing formal court prosecution.

In 2011, The Indianapolis Bar Foundation awarded $35,000 to the Health and Human Rights Clinic operated as a collaboration of Wishard Health Services and the Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

IBF Events

2014 Lawyer Links Classic Golf Outing

Click here to view photos of the 2014 outing. Check back soon for the date and location of the 2015 Lawyer Links Classic!

2014 Evening Under the Stars Dinner/Auction

Friday, October 10, 2014
Crane Bay, 551 West Merrill Street

Click here for additional information about IBF events. 

IBF Grants

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation awards thousands of dollars to a variety of community service programs each year.  Projects funded include the following:

Service to the Community (pro bono)

Community events - Ask A Lawyer

Outreach - Constitution books and voter registration provided at Naturalization ceremonies

IndyBar Pro Bono Coordinator

Service to the Profession

Diversity Job Fair

Professionalism initiatives

Publishing of Commonly Asked Questions about Indiana Law book

Leadership Training / Scholarships

Bar Leader Series Pay it Forward Project Grants

Leadership development at National Conference of Bar Presidents and Bar Leadership Institute for diverse attendees

Scholarships for IBA programming - Bar Review course, Applied Professionalism course, Bench Bar

Educational Initiatives - Bench Bar

Bench Bar Conference
Web-based access to Bar Review

Technology and staff for education programs