Supporting the IBF

All funds raised for the Illinois Bar Foundation are used to further their mission of ensuring meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity.

“Action is eloquence” – William Shakespeare

Ways to give:

The Lincoln Legacy Society
  • For more information about the Lincoln Legacy Society of the Illinois Bar Foundation, please click here.
Cy Pres Funds

In class action litigation, whenever a fund is created for payment to class members, the potential exists for a residue of money that may not feasibly be distributed. Under the cy pres doctrine, residual funds should be put to their next best use. Courts across the country have ruled that programs like the Illinois Bar Foundation that work to improve the legal system are appropriate recipients for these residual funds. The Illinois Code of Civil Procedure establishes a presumption that any residuals funds in class action settlements or judgments will be distributed to organizations that improve access to justice for low-income residents in Illinois. Given the Foundation’s long history of advancing the administration of justice for those of limited means, its ability to gauge and respond to local needs by funding important projects and its existing structure for awarding and monitoring grants, the Foundation is an excellent recipient of these funds.

Consider naming the Illinois Bar Foundation in your next class action settlement.

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