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KBF Awards $250,000 in Grants

The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Bar Foundation (KBF) is pleased to announce that it awarded $250,000 in total grants this summer. Thanks to the generosity of Kentucky attorneys, judges, and friends, the 2020 KBF grants will support 36 nonprofit programs as they work to provide access to justice and law-related education across the Commonwealth. To learn more about the grant recipients and their projects, click here.

 

 

 

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Make a Difference by Being a KBF Sustainer!

On your KBA dues statement, you have the option to unite with your colleagues to support the Kentucky Bar Foundation by making a $30 Sustainer Contribution.  Last year, 4,352 attorneys collectively contributed $134,995. That generosity allowed the Foundation to award 2020 grants totaling $250,000 to 36 nonprofits across Kentucky, bringing the total awarded since 1988 to nearly $4 million.  Click here to learn more about the many worthy, law-related causes that Foundation grants supported in 2020.  With your help, the Kentucky Bar Foundation can make an even greater impact with its 2021 grants!

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Thank you to Two New Members of the Partners for Justice Society

Thank you to the law firm of Collins, Collins & Conley PSC and to Mr. George E. Meng for each making a donation of $10,000 to the Kentucky Bar Foundation. Both were recognized as members of the Partners for Justice Society and the Foundation's annual luncheon on June 13, 2019 in Louisville. As donors at this level, they are both now members of the Justice John Marshall Harlan Circle.

G. Meng2019 PFJS

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32 New Fellows Welcomed to the Kentucky Bar Foundation

The Kentucky Bar Foundation proudly welcomed 24 new Life Fellows and 7 new Fellows at its annual Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon on June 13, 2019 in Louisville. The KBF Fellows Program recognizes members of the Kentucky Bar who have shown support for the KBF's mission through their generosity in contributing the KBF. Thanks in part to the generosity of the following new Fellows and Life Fellows, the KBF was able to award $260,000 in grant awards to nonprofits across the state:

New Life Fellows
Christine C. Adams, Somerset Joy A. Kramer, Newport
Rick L. Bartley, Pikeville Debra Hembree Lambert, Somerset
Douglas G. Benge, London Stephanie McGehee-Shacklette, Bowling Green
John…
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KBF Diversity Fund Grant Applications Now Available

The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of grants from a Diversity Fund and encourages all interested nonprofit organizations working on efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession to apply. Grant applications are due October 18, 2019. The Fund’s first priority is to ensure the continuation of the Kentucky Legal Education Opportunity (KLEO) program. The Fund, however, will also support other efforts to promote the inclusion in the profession of individuals from diverse and other underrepresented populations. To request an application, please e-mail KBF Executive Director Guion Johnstone at gjohnstone@kybar.org.

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KBF Awards $260,000 in Grants

The Kentucky Bar Foundation awarded $260,000 in 2019 at its annual Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon in Louisville on June 13, 2019 in conjunction with the Kentucky Bar Association's Annual Convention. The Foundation has awarded more than $3.5 million since its grants program began in 1988. Thanks to the generosity of Kentucky attorneys and judges, the 2019 KBF grants will support 32 nonprofit organizations as they work to provide access to justice and law-related education across the Commonwealth.

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Kentucky Bar Foundation Awards 2017 Grants

The Kentucky Bar Foundation awarded $265,000 in 2017 grants at its annual Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon in Owensboro on June 22, 2017. This is the highest amount awarded in the Foundation's history, which has awarded more than $3 million since its grants program began in 1988. The 2017 grants were awarded to 22 nonprofits across Kentucky that provide law-related services. Learn more about this year's grantees at www.kybarfoundation.org/grants/. The Kentucky Bar Foundation is grateful for the thousands of attorneys, judges, law firms, and friends whose generosity make these grant awards possible!

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Kentucky Bar Foundation Welcomes 23 New Fellows

The Kentucky Bar Foundation proudly welcomed 16 new Life Fellows and 8 new Fellows at its annual Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon on June 22, 2017 in Owensboro. The KBF Fellows Program recognizes members of the Kentucky Bar who have shown support for the KBF's mission through their generosity in contributing the KBF. Thanks in part to the generosity of the following new Fellows and Life Fellows, the KBF was able to award $265,000 in grant awards - its highest amount to date - to nonprofits across the state:

New Life Fellows
William L. Aldred, Clarksville, TN Rachel Wagner…
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KBF Grant Applications Available January 6, 2017

The Kentucky Bar Foundation’s mission is to further the public’s understanding of the judicial system and the legal profession through programs and philanthropic partnerships that help those in need.  One of the ways that the Foundation serves this mission is by awarding annual grants to law-related organizations and projects.  The application period for the Foundation’s 2017 grants will be open from January 6, 2017 through March 15, 2017.  To be eligible for grant consideration, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Apply for a grant on or before March 15, 2017
  • Be a nonprofit organization under 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3)
  • Request funding for a…
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Kentucky Bar Foundation and Kentucky IOLTA Fund Welcome New Executive Director

Guion L. Johnstone has been named the Executive Director of the Kentucky Bar Foundation and Kentucky IOLTA Fund, effective December 30, 2016.  Johnstone is an attorney from Lexington.  Raised in Paducah, Johnstone received her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Transylvania University, where she majored in Psychology and Spanish.  She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work.  While in law school, she was the Executive Editor of the University of Louisville Law Review…

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