The chance to inspire children to read moved Linda Nicole Patino. For Mike Wenig, it was the opportunity to boost a pro bono program that serves the military. Like many others who made their first-ever donation to the North Carolina Bar Foundation’s Annual Fund this year, they share the desire to help those in need.
With six weeks remaining until the close of the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Campaign, you still have time to give in support of Foundation programs that help North Carolinians in a variety of meaningful ways.
Nicole Patino, a member of the 2018 Leadership Academy Class, donated to support the Lawyers for Literacy program. “Some girl will be able to expand her knowledge because of my contribution,” Nicole said. “And that child may become the first person in her family to attend college and become a lawyer – just like me.”
“Everyone is busy, so it’s hard sometimes to consider things that don’t impact your practice,” Wenig said. “In the case of the Foundation, not taking the time would be a mistake. The work that the Foundation does helps portray what we do as a profession in a better light in our local communities while at the same time actually helping a lot of people.”
– Mike Wenig, first-time donor to the North Carolina Bar Foundation Annual Fund
To reach this year’s goal of $235,000, the Foundation Annual Fund campaign needs $43,000 more by June 30. Your gift to the Annual Fund supports public service and pro bono programs across North Carolina, including 4ALL State Service Day, Lawyers for Literacy, NC Free Legal Answers, NC Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program (NC LEAP), Middle School Mock Trial and Wills for Heroes. It also enables NCBF pro bono attorney staff to support Section- and Division-hosted public service and pro bono projects.
Nearly 800 legal professionals have embraced the Foundation’s values of access to justice, service, education, and professionalism through their gifts to the Annual Fund this year. We are grateful for each one, whether it is their first time giving or their 50th.