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IBF President’s Message: You Can Make an Impact with the IBF

The Board of Directors and Committee Chairs of your Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) are hard at work steadfastly planning another great year for the IBF. While the planning efforts are in full swing, we need your help to make our initiatives a success in 2014.

The Impact Committee, chaired by Melanie Reichert, is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Impact Fund Grant. The project to be funded by the Impact Fund Grant must satisfy the IBF’s purpose to advance the administration of justice and an understanding of the law through philanthropy, education and service. The recipient will receive up to $35,000 to fund its project. Through its grant award, the IBF wishes to support a project presented by an organization or collaborating organizations that seek to effect a substantial positive impact in central Indiana.

More information on the 2014 grant process, past recipients, and a link to this year’s grant application are available here. Please share this information with any organizations you believe may have an interest in applying for the 2014 Impact Fund Grant. The deadline for initial proposals is April 1, 2014.

All applications will be reviewed by members of the Impact Committee and the field will be narrowed to the two or three candidates which the Impact Committee has determined best satisfy the grant criteria. Having served on the Impact Committee previously, I can attest to the diligent efforts of the committee members in analyzing grant applications, critiquing submissions and rigorously vetting these applicants. Their collective efforts speak for themselves in light of the finalists presented over the last three years, including: Indiana Legal Services, Indy Reads, Peace Learning Center, Reach for Youth, and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic.

Presentations from each of the finalists will be made available to the IBF’s Distinguished Fellows and Senior Fellows for their selection of the final recipient. The award of the 2014 Impact Fund Grant will be announced May 23, 2014.

While the IBF truly is unique in that it allows its top donors to select the final recipient of the foundation’s largest grant, this democratic process cannot guarantee that the most qualified organizations and programs apply. So I ask for every member’s help in spreading the word and sharing this information with anyone you feel may be interested.

Additionally, the Golf Committee, chaired by Ned Mulligan, has scheduled this year’s Lawyer’s Link Golf Classic for July 17 at the Country Club of Indianapolis. Registration is now open and is sure to fill up faster than usual with everyone itching to enjoy warmer weather to come after one of the coldest winters on record. For sponsorship opportunities please contact Chris Walsh at the IndyBar at 269-2000.

Finally, every IndyBar member can make a tangible impact by donating to the IBF. This is our foundation and none of what we accomplish is possible without your continued generosity and support. Please commit to being a part of our Impact of One campaign and donate your one billable hour here.

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