Legal professionals comprising the membership of the North Carolina Bar Association give back to their communities and their state through the NCBA Foundation Endowment. Grants are awarded in conjunction with the following purposes and objectives of the NCBA Foundation: to study, improve and facilitate the administration of justice; to build respect for and understanding of the law; to enhance the professional competence of lawyers; to support the delivery of legal services to eligible indigent communities; and to support legally related community service projects.
Formed in 1987, the NCBA Foundation Endowment has provided millions of dollars of funding to worthwhile projects across the state, including scholarships for the children of slain or permanently disabled law enforcement officers. Endowment funds are generated through numerous giving opportunities, including Justice Funds, Liberty Funds, Memorial Gifts and estate gifts which result in membership in the Platt D. Walker Society, which is named in honor of the NCBA’s first president.
Your gift has direct impact in making these important North Carolina Bar Association Foundation education and outreach efforts possible:
NCBA Foundation Endowment Grant Fund
Help grow the $5 million general grant fund to support legally related service projects in counties across North Carolina.
Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) Endowment Fund
Help build the long-term financial viability of LANC to meet the civil legal needs of North Carolina’s underserved populations.
Law-Related Education (LRE) Endowment Fund
Educate young people in our schools about our system of government and the role of lawyers in society.
NC Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program (NC LEAP) Endowment Fund
Support the efforts of volunteer business lawyers to assist low-wealth entrepreneurs with their basic legal needs and help rebuild our economy in distressed counties.
Scholarship Fund – Children of Slain/Permanently Disabled Law Enforcement Officers
Expand the number and amount of current scholarships awarded by the Young Lawyers Division to these deserving students.
Scholarship Fund – North Carolina Law Students
Help expand our existing effort to help more financially needy NC law school students in future years.
Endowment Statement of Purpose
The NCBA Foundation Endowment was established to help fund legally related service projects within the NCBA and NCBA Foundation and other North Carolina legal groups. These projects respond to current and future legally related needs that are often times unforeseen and support projects that study, improve and facilitate the administration of justice, build respect for and understanding of the law, enhance the professional competence of lawyers, support the delivery of legal services to eligible indigent communities and support legally related community service projects.
The Foundation Endowment was formed in 1987 with the Founders Campaign that raised over $1.5 million under the leadership of Winston-Salem attorney, William F. Womble. In 1991, the Builders Campaign raised an additional $350,000. Through the leadership of James D. Blount, Jr. of Raleigh, the Centennial Endowment Campaign raised over $1.6 million in 1999-2001, boosting the Foundation Endowment to more than $5 million. With the creation of the Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) Fund in January 2007, the Endowment has grown to more than $8 million.