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:
Become a Fellow of the IBF If you’re already a Fellow: The Lincoln Legacy Society
- For more information about the Lincoln Legacy Society of the Illinois Bar Foundation, please click here.
ISBA Membership Dues:
The IBF is grateful to the many generous members of the ISBA who participate in the voluntary check-off donation to the Foundation. All members of the ISBA are encouraged to participate when ISBA membership dues are mailed in July of each year.
Make a memorial/tribute gift 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.