Support the City Bar Fund

Donations to the City Bar Fund, the 501(c)(3) arm of the New York City Bar Association, make a tremendous difference for people in New York City and in communities all over the world. A gift of any size to one of the City Bar Fund's four programs or to the City Bar Fund itself, which supports the area of greatest need, helps to advance social justice through pro bono legal services, diversity and inclusion programming, and mental health services and substance use counseling.

Read the City Bar Fund's latest Annual Report

To donate to a specific City Bar Fund program, click the links below.

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

 


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. The Justice Center continuously innovates to respond to the emerging legal needs of the poor, assisting more than 26,000 New Yorkers annually through limited and full scope legal representation, community outreach, and education efforts. 

 

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, bringing 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

Together with more than 150 signatory law firms and corporate legal departments, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion works to create a legal profession that represents the diverse country we live in. The Office’s work starts with the pipeline to the profession, preparing underrepresented high school, college, and law students for a career in law. Then, the Offices supports lawyers across all levels of the industry, through committee work, leadership training, speaking opportunities, and events that build community.

 

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: Christina Overton
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 Christina Overton, Development and Communications Manager, at (212) 382-4784 or coverton@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. A copy of our most recently filed financial report and information on other charitable organizations is available from the NY Attorney General’s Charities Registry (www.charitiesnys.com) or (212) 416-8686. The report is also available upon request by contacting the City Bar Fund at 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036.


The City Bar Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information about donating to the City Bar Fund, contact Christina Overton, Development and Communications Manager, a (212) 382-4784 or coverton@nycbar.org