Support the City Bar Fund

Your support makes a difference. Today, the City Bar Fund, through the support of its donors and volunteers, is more vibrant than ever before, and poised to build on its success in the coming years. Generous contributions from donors like you enable the four programs of the City Bar Fund collectively to provide outstanding programs and initiatives that serve New York City and communities all over the world.

Please make a gift to the City Bar Fund so that it can continue to foster great work throughout the year. A gift of any size to one of the four programs or to the City Bar Fund itself, which supports the area of greatest need, will have a tremendous impact on the lives of many.

With the continued and collective contributions of the New York City Bar Association community, we can ensure that the City Bar Fund will continue well into the future. On behalf of those who will benefit from your generosity, thank you.

City Bar Justice Center | Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice 
Office for Diversity and Inclusion | Lawyer Assistance Program

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City Bar Justice Center

The City Bar Justice Center increases access to justice for low-income and disadvantaged New Yorkers by leveraging the volunteered time and expertise of the New York City legal community through an effective pro bono model. As the largest departmetn of the City Bar Fund, the Justice Center is a leader in filling justice gaps unmet by other providfes. The Justice Center continuously innovates to respond to the emerging legal needs of the poor, assisting nearly 25,000 New Yorkers annually through limited and full scope legal representation, community oureach, and education efforts. A dozen core projects led by experts in the field, over 1,000 pro bono attorneys trained and mentored by staff, and the largest free civil legal hotline in New York State all add up to the Justice Center's ability to level the playing field for those without the means to navigate our justice system.

 

Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice

The Vance Center advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession. The Vance Center is a unique collaboration of international lawyers catalyzing public interest innovation. We bring together leading law firms and other partners worldwide to pioneer international justice initiatives and provide pro bono legal representation to social justice NGOs and others.

 

Office for Diversity and Inclusion

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion, created in 2004, works to foster more diverse and inclusive work environments while supporting and regularly tracking the progress of more than 130 signatory law firms and legal compliance departments in key diversity representation metrics. The Office and the City Bar Committees within the Diversity and Inclusion group annually host an array of programs to support excellence in innovation and execution on diversity and inclusion initiatives, and foster collaboration between communities through patnerships with affinity bars and other organizations. The Office also provides a comprehensive pipeline initiative which support high school, college and law students in developing necessary professional skills and procedes exposture to the legal profession.

 

Lawyer Assistance Program

The Lawyer Assistance Program is a free, confidential service, available to attorneys, judges, law students and their family members in New York City who are struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, depression, anxiety, stress, as well as other addictions and mental health issues. In conjunction with the City Bar’s Committee on Lawyer Assistance and local volunteers, it offers consultation, evaluation/assessment, counseling, referral, intervention, peer support, attorney monitoring, outreach and education.


 

*For more information on what contributions qualify for the pro bono reporting requirement, you may consult the Office of Court Administration website here.

 

OTHER WAYS TO GIVE

MAIL

If you would prefer to donate via check, please make payable to "City Bar Fund" and mail to:
City Bar Fund
Attn: Lauren Sampson
42 West 44th Street
New York, New York 10036-6689.

WHEN RENEWING YOUR NEW YORK CITY BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP

The City Bar Fund is grateful to those members of the New York City Bar Association who support the fund by including a gift when paying annual membership dues. All members of the New York City Bar Association are encouraged to include a charitable contribution to the City Bar Fund when paying your membership renewal dues each year.

GIFTS OF SECURITIES

The City Bar Fund welcomes your gifts of securities including stock, bonds and mutual funds.  Please contact Lauren Sampson, Vice-President, Development and External Relations at (212) 382-4784 or lsampson@nycbar.org to transfer securities in certificate form or electronically through your brokerage account.

CORPORATE OR FIRM MATCHING GIFTS

Corporate or Firm Matching Gifts are an important way for you to increase the impact of your personal contributions to City Bar Fund. Your company’s Matching Gift Program may allow you to double or even triple the amount of your contribution.

Each company has its own guidelines for employees, spouses and retirees but most Matching Gift procedures are very simple and usually include requesting a Matching Gift Program form from the Human Resources Department or other appropriate department at your company or firm and completing and submitting the form to the City Bar Fund along with your gift or mail it separately if you made the gift online.

All donations go to the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, Inc. (the “City Bar Fund”), a tax-exempt non-profit corporation organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions to the City Bar Fund are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. No goods or services were provided to you in return for your donation. Your donation is a reportable contribution under New York State’s biennial pro bono reporting requirement for attorneys.*


The City bar Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information about donating to the City Bar Fund, contact Lauren Sampson, Vice-President, Development and External Relations at  (212) 382-4784 or lsampson@nycbar.org