Ramsey County Bar Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable organization. The mission of the 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.
Major Fundraising Events
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.
Generous donations from Ramsey County Bar Association members complement the funds raised by the foundation fundraisers.
The Ramsey County Bar Foundation provides grants to programs in Ramsey County that support the foundation’s mission. In 2012-2013, the foundation gave nearly $120,000 to organizations in our community.
- 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.
Types of Grants
The Ramsey County Bar Foundation awards grants to local law-related charitable organizations each spring. Completed grant applications are due on March 3, 2014. The foundation also awards a scholarship each year to one or more students who attend a local law school.
Law Student Scholarships
The foundation also offers a scholarship of up to $6,000 to a law student who attends a Minnesota law school and who is a member of a group traditionally under-represented in the legal profession (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability). The applicant must be a current law student with a record of academic or professional achievement and must display leadership qualities through past work experience, community involvement or student activities. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, along with a resume, by February 3, 2014, to the Ramsey County Bar Foundation, c/o Cheryl Dalby, E-1401 First National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101.
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.
Cy Pres Funds grant applications are now being accepted. Completed applications, along with all necessary attachments, must be received by 4:00 p.m. October 1, 2014.
For more information, contact 651.222.0846.
The Advocates for Human Rights
Asian Women United of Minnesota
Breaking Free, Inc.
Bridges to Safety Victim Service Center
Call for Justice
Center for Victims of Torture
Children’s Law Center of Minnesota
Dispute Resolution Center
Immigrant Law Center of MN
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL)
The Loan Repayment Assistance Program of MN
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF)
Neighborhood Justice Center, Inc.
Northern Star Council/Boy Scouts of America
For more information about the foundation contact
Ramsey County Bar Foundation
332 Minnesota St., E-1401
St. Paul, MN 55101