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Minnesota State Bar Foundation

The Minnesota State Bar Foundation is a foundation of the Minnesota State Bar Association and exists for the express purpose of providing monetary grants to community and law-related programs and activities. Areas of emphasis include legal assistance to the disadvantaged, improvements in the administration of justice and law-related education.

Mission Statement & Bylaws

The Minnesota State Bar Foundation's mission is to support access to justice to all Minnesotans.  Our primary strategy is to provide financial support for:

1.  Legal aid to the disadvantaged;
2.  Quality law-related education;
3.  Enhancements to the administration of justice and to the vitality of the legal profession. 

Foundation Bylaws


2018 Bar Foundation Annual Report

Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2018

The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) created the Minnesota State Bar Foundation in 1932 as its charitable arm.  The Minnesota State Bar Foundation's mission is to support access to justice to all Minnesotans.  Our primary strategy is to provide financial support for:

1.  Legal aid to the disadvantaged;
2.  Quality law-related education;
3.  Enhancements to the administration of justice and to the vitality of the legal profession. 

From July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, the Foundation awarded $91,925 in grants to 35 organizations located throughout Minnesota.  This constitutes a 28% increase in funding from Fiscal Year 2017.  The increase was made possible largely by an increase in investment earnings. 
 
The Foundation’s ability to fulfill its charitable purpose depends on the generosity of its donors.  Through the MSBA’s annual dues renewal process, there is an optional $25 contribution to the Foundation.  The majority of the Foundation’s contributions come from this source.  We must continue to encourage MSBA members to participate in the dues check-off program.
  
The requests for funding continue to exceed the funds the Foundation is able to award.  The Foundation Board is actively exploring options to increase our sources of funding beyond the dues check-off.  Funds are also accepted from local district bar associations.  In addition, MSBA members are encouraged to make donations to commemorate the work, retirement, or memory of another lawyer.

The Foundation continues to strive to meet its mission of funding legal assistance to the disadvantaged, improvements in the administration or justice, and law-related education.  Thank you to all of the donors who make this possible.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeri Lyn Reinhardt,
MSBF President