By supporting the work of the Bar Foundation, our community fulfills its responsibility to ensure equal access to justice and helps to strengthen public trust in the legal profession.
Thank you for your interest in the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and equal access to justice. Your donations make a difference.
The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is the only foundation in Philadelphia solely dedicated to supporting the full scope of our city's legal services community. Millions in grants, fellowships, awards, and other programs have been provided by the Bar Foundation in the last fifty years to nearly 40 nonprofit legal aid organizations and the pro bono community.
The philanthropic mission of the Bar Foundation serves to advance the following provisions of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct:
Lawyers play a vital role in the preservation of society.
As a public citizen, a lawyer should seek improvement of . . . access to the legal system, the administration of justice, and the quality of service rendered by the legal profession.
A lawyer should further the public’s understanding of and confidence in the rule of law and the justice system because legal institutions in a constitutional democracy depend on popular participation and support to maintain their authority.
A lawyer should be mindful of deficiencies in the administration of justice and of the fact that the poor, and sometimes persons who are not poor, cannot afford adequate legal assistance.
All lawyers should devote professional time and resources and use civic influence to ensure equal access to our system of justice for all those who because of economic or social barriers cannot afford or secure adequate legal counsel.
The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The official registration and financial information of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.