THE FELLOWS PROGRAM
In 1983, the Illinois Bar Foundation created The Fellows program. The Fellows are a special group of lawyers and non-attorney Foundation supporters who have committed, by direct payment or pledge over ten years, sums of money ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 to accomplish two goals:
Build the Foundation's endowment; and
Develop and fund its own projects in furtherance of the Foundation's mission.
Fellows pledge payments are retained in a special fund of the Foundation, and are used for making grants in support of equal access to justice and financial aid gifts to attorneys who have fallen on hard times. Your membership makes it possible for the Illinois Bar Foundation to support attorneys in need and improve civil legal aid throughout the State of Illinois.
Did You Know?
Fellows can now restrict their pledge for the appellate district of their choice, allowing their contributions to stay within their own community.
For the first time, non-attorney Foundation supporters may also join the Fellows program!
It's Easy to Become a Fellow
Fellows can sign up at any level and enroll in automatic annual, quarterly, or monthly payments. Once you sign up, IBF staff will send an invoice along with your welcome packet with more information about the program. Fellows receive special recognition at ISBA Annual & Midyear Meeting, on the IBF website, and in publications such as the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Illinois Lawyer Now, and the Illinois Bar Journal.
Already a Fellow?
Fellows may upgrade their pledge level at any time, and all previous Fellows payments are credited toward your upgraded pledge balance, making an upgrade less costly but more impactful.
Fellows Membership Levels
Bronze Fellow- $1,000 over the course of ten years ($100 per year, or $8.33 per month)
Silver Fellow- $2,000 over the course of ten years ($200 per year, or $16.67 per month)
Gold Fellow- $5,000 over the course of ten years ($500 per year, or $41.66 per month)
Diamond Fellow- $10,000 over the course of ten years ($1,000 per year, or $83.33 per month)
Platinum Fellow- $15,000 over the course of ten years ($1,500 per year, or $125 per month)
Pillar of the Foundation- $25,000 over the course of ten years ($2,500 per year, or $208.33 per month)
Thank you to the Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation!
The program is is under the jurisdiction of The Fellows committee of the Illinois Bar Foundation and overseen by staff and Officers of the Fellows.
The 2019-2020 Officers of The Fellows
John L. Nisivaco, Chair
Boudreau & Nisivaco, LLC
Cory White, Vice-Chair
Bridget C. Duignan, Secretary
Latherow & Duignan
If you are interested in joining the Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation or upgrading your current pledge, please click here or complete a Fellows Membership Application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to the IBF at
20 South Clark, Suite 910, Chicago, IL 60603.