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Today in Florida, thousands of low-income individuals and families are trying to deal with difficult legal problems alone. For them, access to justice often is elusive, or worse, unattainable. The problems faced by the poor are very real:

  • The child who is falling behind grade level because her school is not addressing her learning disabilities

  • The disabled veteran who can’t afford a place to live if he doesn’t get his disability check

  • The migrant worker who picks vegetables all day but can’t buy food because she is victim of wage theft

  • The elderly widow who is losing her home because of mortgage fraud

Legal aid helps by removing barriers to stable and productive lives — and when the lives of poor people are improved, all Floridians benefit.

The Florida Bar Board of Governors brought The Florida Bar Foundation into existence in 1956 as a nonprofit corporation chartered to foster law-related public interest programs on behalf of Florida’s legal profession.

The Florida Bar Foundation is the only statewide organization linking 30 legal services programs in Florida to form a comprehensive, statewide legal services delivery system. Its funding promotes access to justice and improvements in addressing the civil legal needs of the poor. The Florida Bar Foundation is a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Foundation are deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

While principal support for the Foundation’s charitable activities comes from the Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Program implemented by the Florida Supreme Court in 1981, Foundation grants also are supported by gifts from Florida attorneys, law firms, corporations, foundations and other individuals.

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The mission of The Florida Bar Foundation, a charitable organization established in 1956 by The Florida Bar Board of Governors and the Florida Supreme Court, is to provide greater access to justice in Florida.


Mission: The Foundation accomplishes its mission through grant programs and initiatives that:




Expand and improve representation and advocacy on behalf of low-income persons in civil legal matters.

Improve the fair and effective administration of justice.

Promote public service among lawyers by making it an integral component of the law school experience.




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Membership and Governance


Membership is open to all persons interested in supporting the charitable purposes of the Foundation. Members are eligible to hold office and serve as directors of the Foundation. Participants in Florida ‘s Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) program, administered by the Foundation, automatically are entitled to membership. Membership also is available through annual Foundation dues, including reduced-rate dues for law students, and through the Foundation’s Fellows program.


The Florida Bar Foundation is a not-for-profit Florida corporation established in 1956 by the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar to foster law-related public interest programs on behalf of Florida’s legal profession.

The Foundation is governed by a 33-member board of directors, which meets quarterly. The board conducts its work through standing and ad hoc committees. The board comprises the officers of the Foundation, six directors by designation (two judicial officers appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, the president, president-elect, and immediate past president of The Florida Bar, and the president of Florida Legal Services which provides coordination, training and other support services to legal aid programs across the state), at least two but not more than four public members and 18 at-large directors. At-large directors serve a maximum of two, three-year terms, with one-third selected by the board of governors of The Florida Bar, one-third by the board of directors of the Foundation, and one-third by the Florida Supreme Court. Committees are appointed annually by the board of directors at the request of the president, and include Foundation directors, members of the bar generally, and the lay public. An executive committee appointed annually by the board meets between meetings of the board.


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