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Ramsey County Bar Foundation

Ramsey County Bar Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable organization. The mission of the Ramsey County Bar Foundation is to provide financial support to programs in the Ramsey County geographic area that benefit the legal profession, improve the quality and accessibility of justice, and would otherwise attract the interest and support of Ramsey County lawyers.

Funding for the Ramsey County Bar Foundation
Donate to the Ramsey County Bar Foundation
Planned Gifts & Bequests
Grant Application/Guidelines

Cy Pres Funds Grants
Ramsey County Bar Foundation Law Student Scholarship

Funding for the Ramsey County Bar Foundation

Annual Bench & Bar Benefit
The benefit, held in the fall of each year, is the major fundraiser for the foundation. Half of the money raised at the benefit is given directly to Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. The other half is awarded in grants to other law-related organizations. In 2012, the benefit raised nearly $60,000.

Charity Golf Tournament
The annual RCBF golf tournament is also a significant fundraiser for the foundation. The 2013 tournament raised over $16,000.

Member Donations
Generous donations from Ramsey County Bar Association members complement the funds raised by the foundation fundraisers.

Donate to the Ramsey County Bar Foundation
Your contribution helps the foundation continue to provide funds for organizations that support its mission.
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Planned Gifts & Bequests
We welcome individuals who wish to provide long-term, sustainable funding. We also welcome inclusion in wills through bequest intentions. If you would like more information, contact Cheryl Dalby, Executive Director at 651.222.0846 or cheryl@ramseybar.org.

Grant Application/Guidelines
The Ramsey County Bar Foundation provides grants to programs in Ramsey County that support the foundation's mission. A list of 2013-2014 grant recipients can be found here.

Ramsey County Bar Foundation
Grant Guidelines

All grants will be evaluated with regard to their relationship to the mission of the Ramsey County Bar Foundation. In addition, the general guidelines for projects to be supported are:

• Educate all segments of the public in government and the legal system.
• Promote and provide legal services to persons of limited means through grants to legal services providers.
• Improve the administration of justice and the quality and functioning of the legal system.

Grant applications are now being accepted. Applications are due by 4:00 pm on February 28, 2014.

Grant Application

Guidelines for Grants from Cy Pres Funds
In March 2011, the foundation received an order from Federal District Court Judge Richard Kyle, awarding the foundation $100,000 in cy pres funds. The order requires that the funds “be used for the general benefit of and advancement of women.” The foundation will disperse the funds over a period of four years. Each year, the foundation will award grants to organizations that meet the general grant guidelines listed above and will use the grant for the general benefit of and advancement of women. The maximum award to any organization will be $25,000.

Ramsey County Bar Foundation Law Student Scholarship
In the spring of 2014, the Ramsey County Bar Foundation will award up to $6,000 in a scholarship to a law student who:

• currently attends a Minnesota law school,
• is a member of a group traditionally under-represented in the legal profession (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability),
• contributes meaningfully to diversity in his or her community,
• has a record of academic or professional achievement, and
• displays leadership qualities through past work experience, community involvement or student activities.

The Ramsey County Bar Association Diversity Committee will review applications and make a recommendation to the foundation. The scholarship will be presented at the association’s Annual Meeting on May 15, 2014. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, along with a resume, by February 14, 2014, to Cheryl Dalby at cheryl@ramseybar.org.