The 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.
The Ramsey County Bar Foundation awards grants to local law-related charitable organizations. In 2012-2013, the foundation provided nearly $120,000 in grants and scholarships.
Applying for a Grant
Grant applications are available in January of each year and completed applications are due the beginning of March. All grant applications are 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.
The foundation also awards a scholarship of up to $6,000 each year to one or more students 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. Scholarship applications are due the beginning of February of each year.
Grants from Cy Pres Funds
In addition to the funds that are distributed by the foundation each spring, grants are awarded in December of each year to organizations that will use the funds for the general benefit of and advancement of women. 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 foundation has dispersed a portion of the funds each of the past four years. The foundation awards 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. Grant applications are available in August and are due in October of each year.
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.
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
Funding for the Ramsey County Bar Foundation
Funding for the foundation comes primarily from generous donations from our members. Those donations are supplemented by our two annual fundraisers.
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.
Major Fundraising Events
Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Cheryl Dalby at 651.222.0846.
For more information about the foundation, contact:
Ramsey County Bar Foundation
332 Minnesota St., E-1401
St. Paul, MN 55101