The Indianapolis Bar Foundation is now accepting applications through April 1, 2013, for its Impact Fund Grant of at least $35,000 to be awarded by June 2013. The IBF Impact Fund has served as an important vehicle to facilitate the financial generosity of members of the Indianapolis Bar Association. That philanthropy has taken many different forms and served countless individuals, most recently Reach for Youth Teen Court. Through the Impact Fund, the IBF seeks to invest substantial funds and IndyBar member participation in support of a project presented by a non-profit organization that seeks to affect a significant positive impact in central Indiana.
The Grant will be awarded to a non-profit organization that presents an initiative that will advance the administration of justice and an understanding of the law through philanthropy, education, and service. The Grant criteria include the following: the project must present an opportunity for IndyBar members to support the initiative by providing human resources, the project should be either a new venture or the significant supplementation of an existing service, the project should articulate a plan to be sustained by additional funding beyond that provided by the IBF, and the project should enhance public understanding and awareness of the legal profession.
Read about the success of the 2012 recipient, Reach for Youth, here. In 2011, Indiana University’s Health & Human Rights Clinic located in Haughville was chosen to receive the Impact Grant.
In addition to the Impact Fund, the IBF grants $105,000 to a variety of community service programs co-sponsored with the Indianapolis Bar Association. Some of the programs funded include Ask a Lawyer, Legal Line, the publishing of Commonly Asked Questions about Indiana Law, and educational programming at Bench Bar Conference.