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About the Indiana Bar Foundation

The Indiana Bar Foundation was founded in 1950 to assist the Indiana legal community by providing funding for Indiana nonprofit organizations promoting law, scholarships for law-related education, and sponsorship of awards for legal excellence.

It is through the dedication and commitment to our profession that the members of the Indiana legal community have enabled the Indiana Bar Foundation to make the difference it has for almost 60 years.

Throughout this time, the IBF’s service to Indiana has included:

  • Educating Indiana youth of the significance of the Constitution as well as of being informed and better citizens through the We the People and Project Citizen programs.
  • Grantmaking to other non-profits to provide legal resources and education. Funded programs have included Volunteer Advocates for Seniors in northwest Indiana which matches incapacitated seniors with guardian ad litems as well as the Julian Center to provide legal services to victims and their children of domestic violence.
  • Publication of the resource, Laws of Aging, for older Hoosiers and their caretakers during a time when this community has many questions and limited accessibility to answers.
  • Supporting the research and compilation of the Legal Needs of the Poor Study, a collaboration with Indiana Legal Services and the Indiana State Bar Association to determine the comprehensive legal needs of Indiana’s low income residents. The study has the potential to make a great impact on the legal services so many Hoosiers desperately need.
  • Development of the first state-wide Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to help offset the high cost of student loan debt for attorneys working at civil legal aid providers.
  • Providing scholarships at each of the state’s four accredited law schools as well as providing scholarships through endowed funds.
  • Honoring contributions to civic education with the William G. Baker and Dr. John J. Patrick awards as well as honoring service to the profession with the Legendary Lawyer Award, Pro Bono Publico and Law-Related Education awards.
  • Overseeing the administration of the IOLTA program and the Indiana Pro Bono Commission that uses the much-needed funding to provide pro bono services and legal resources throughout the state to those that could otherwise not afford assistance.

Attorneys like you have shown with their support that the IBF serves a worthy purpose and have helped make possible a lasting impact through the recipients of its grants, the school children that learn about our system of government and its rich history, the law students that receive scholarships and the members of the profession honored for their services. It is our responsibility to meet the needs of those underserved in communities around the state and to do this we count on Indiana’s legal profession.


The Indiana Bar Foundation (IBF) is a charitable foundation dedicated to strengthening access to justice and appreciation for the rule of law in Indiana. To accomplish our mission we gather and direct resources toward three main areas:

  • Assisting people who have difficulty accessing the justice system
  • Providing law-related educational opportunities for all ages
  • Improving Indiana’s judicial system and the legal profession
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