We are dedicated to promoting access to justice for all people in the community, particularly those struggling with poverty, abuse, and discrimination.
The Bar Foundation is Philadelphia’s philanthropic hub for access to justice. We are the only foundation in Philadelphia solely dedicated to supporting our city's legal services community. But our work involves far more than grantmaking.
Removing Barriers to Justice
The Bar Foundation supports the full range of nonprofit legal aid organizations, from education to employment, from health to housing, from youth to seniors, and from people with disabilities to immigrants.
Over 35 nonprofit legal aid organizations receive crucial support from the Bar Foundation, totaling over $3 million in grants and other assistance in the last five years.
Engaging the Legal Community
The Bar Foundation is the embodiment of the Philadelphia legal community’s commitment to the fundamental principle of equal access to justice for all.
We engage thousands of attorneys, law firms, corporate legal departments, vendors, and other businesses as donors and event sponsors and in multi-year giving programs.
Building System-wide Capacity
We strengthen the legal aid and pro bono systems and raise public support through unrestricted grants, training programs, technical assistance, fellowships, and awards.
The Foundation is in a unique position with the ability to identify sector-wide needs and marshal the resources to address issues in effective and timely ways.