The Akron Bar Foundation (Foundation) is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1985 to serve as the fundraising and charitable arm of the Akron Bar Association. The Foundation is led by a 15-member Board of Governors, and through their leadership, this organization strives to broaden its role in the community by supporting philanthropic activities and 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations.
For additional information, please contact the Foundation and Office Operations Director at (330) 436-0103.
As the charitable arm of the Akron Bar Association, the Akron Bar Foundation strives to improve the quality of justice and the image of lawyers through the support of law-related and public service programs primarily directed to the Akron metropolitan area.
The Foundation Fellows are Akron Bar Association members (judiciary or attorneys) who have distinguished themselves professionally, made a significant monetary donation, and who have given generously of their time to serve the communities where they live and work.
Fellows are the financial backbone of the Foundation, and they share our vision with the community. Each year, distinguished persons are nominated for fellowship, and receive an invitations offering Fellow status within the Foundation.
More on becoming a Foundation Fellows
The Akron Bar Foundation accepts grant request to provide funding for programs or projects that meet one or more of the following objectives:
- Will improve the justice system
- Will improve equal access to justice
- Will improve the quality of justice through public service and/or law-related education
More on the Grant Request process
The Akron Bar Foundation provides scholarships to law students based on grade point average, affiliation with Summit County, history of community involvement, and financial need. In 2016, The Foundation granted $37,000 in scholarships to eight law school students.
The deadline for applications is typically in March or April of each year. Qualified applicants are then interviewed in April.
Qualified applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- Must be a citizen of the United States;
- Must be attending a law school in Ohio;
- Must be in good academic standing with their school(s);
- Must have an affiliation with Summit County;
- Must have a demonstrated history of community involvement;
- Must have financial need.
In order for applications to be considered, applicants must send an updated resume, a completed application, a certified transcript from their school(s), two letters of recommendation, and an FERPA release form.
Make a Donation:
Donations in memory or honor of an individual or an event are welcomed at any time. Donations are a meaningful way to express sympathy or honor an individual for a lifetime of service to the legal profession, and also assures that the honoree’s ideals are perpetuated through programs that benefit the entire community.
Donations, along with the completed appropriate form, should be mailed to:
The Akron Bar Foundation
57 South Broadway
Akron, OH 44308
A card will be sent to loved ones informing them of the gift with no mention of the amount.