We are a public charity that provides greater access to justice through grants to organizations that provide civil legal aid for low-income Florida residents, improve the administration of justice, and offer public service opportunities for law students.
Providing Greater Access to Justice
The mission of The Florida Bar Foundation, a charitable organization established in 1956 by Florida lawyers and the Supreme Court of Florida, is to provide greater access to justice. The Foundation accomplishes its mission primarily through funding of programs that:
>Expand and improve representation and advocacy on behalf of low-income persons in civil legal matters
>Improve the fair and effective administration of justice
>Promote service to the public by members of the legal profession by making public service an integral component of the law school experience
Today in Florida, thousands of low-income individuals and families are trying to deal with difficult legal problems alone. For them, access to justice often is elusive, or worse, unattainable. The problems faced by the poor are very real:
- The disabled veteran who can't buy food if he doesn't get his disability check
- The elderly widow who is losing her home because she is a victim of mortgage fraud
- The abused child who needs a safe and loving home
Legal aid helps by removing barriers to stable and productive lives -- and when the lives of poor people are improved, all Floridians benefit.
The Florida Bar Board of Governors brought The Florida Bar Foundation into existence in 1956 as a nonprofit corporation chartered to foster law-related public interest programs on behalf of Florida’s legal profession.
The Florida Bar Foundation is the only statewide organization linking 30 legal services programs in Florida to form a comprehensive, statewide legal services delivery system. Its funding promotes access to justice and improvements in addressing the civil legal needs of the poor. The Florida Bar Foundation is a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Foundation are deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
While principal support for the Foundation’s charitable activities comes from the Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Program implemented by the Florida Supreme Court in 1981, Foundation grants also are supported by gifts from Florida attorneys, law firms, corporations, foundations and other individuals.