In this season of thanks, we would like to take a moment to thank you for your commitment to the North Carolina Bar Foundation and Association. The Foundation is best described as the North Carolina Bar Association’s powerful philanthropic partner in supporting the causes that lawyers and legal professionals are most passionate about. The Foundation is driven by the values that guide us in our profession: access to justice, service, education and professionalism. Through these values, we are proud to link arms and advance the Foundation’s mission: uniting the talent and generosity of our profession to be a power of greater good for the people of North Carolina.
This is an exciting time for the Foundation. Thanks to the private support of NCBA members, the Annual Fund had a record-breaking year in 2017-18, which enabled the Foundation to serve over 10,000 North Carolinians through our signature pro bono and public service programs. The Foundation’s newest pro bono program, Free Legal Answers, has already served people in 89 North Carolina counties. In the most recent grant cycle, the Foundation’s Endowment was able to award 44 grants to NC organizations and programs that advance the Foundation’s values. The dollars given to the Foundation last year profoundly impacted North Carolinians from Murphy to Manteo.
While we have much to celebrate, there is much more to be done. We envision a vibrant North Carolina where legal services are available to all, regardless of ability to pay; where members of the legal profession provide community service and leadership that profoundly impact the public, thereby demonstrating the value of our profession to society; and where all North Carolinians understand and have confidence in a legal system that serves them.
Our vision becomes a reality with your generous philanthropic support.
This year, the Foundation has an Annual Fund goal of $297,000. Today, we invite you to support the Foundation with a gift to the Annual Fund. Collectively, we – the leaders of this distinguished profession – can show our commitment to serving the people and communities of North Carolina.
Thank you for your commitment to the North Carolina Bar Foundation.