Florida Bar Foundation Fact Sheet

Florida Bar Foundation Fact Sheet (PDF)

Mission: To provide greater access to justice 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.

 


Mission: To provide greater access to justice through grant programs and initiatives that:

  • Expand and improve representation and advocacy for low-income persons in civil legal matters
  • Improve the fair and effective administration of justice; and
  • Promote service to the public by members of the legal profession by making public service an
    integral component of the law school experience.

IOTA: Authorized by the Florida Supreme Court to administer the Interest on Trust Accounts Program; 2015-16 IOTA revenue was $5.8 million.

Established: 1956 to foster law-related public interest programs; a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Total Charitable Activities in FY 2015-16: $12.1 million ($10.9 million in grants and $1.2 million in program-related expenses)

Total Investments Since 1982: $477.8 million ($468.8 million in grants and $9.4 million in program-related expenses).

Management & General and Fundraising expenditures as a percentage of total expenses for FY 2016-17: 17.1 percent.

2016-17 total budget (includes operating budget and program activities): $4.6 Million. 17 FTE staff

Grants for Legal Aid in Florida for calendar year 2015: Provided 8.2 percent of legal services funding in Florida. This includes general support for 28 organizations serving all 67 Florida counties.

Legal Aid cases handled by general support grantees in calendar year 2015: 83,355

Children’s Legal Services grants awarded in FY 2015-16: 926,405 for 13 projects. 100% of donations to Children’s Legal Services (CLS) on The Florida Bar Fee statement go to CLS grants.

Economic Impact: Florida TaxWatch found that civil legal assistance generated $4.78 of economic impact for every $1 spent on legal aid by federal, state and local governments, The Florida Bar Foundation, grants from community foundations and charitable donations. It also created more than 2,000 jobs outside of legal aid. State funding under the Florida Access to Civil Legal Assistance Act (FACLA) generated $13.86 of economic impact for every $1 spent in 2007-2008. The Florida Legislature’s FACLA appropriation was vetoed every year from 2011 to 2014 and has not been requested since then.

Improving Florida’s Justice System: The Foundation’s Improvements in the Administration of Justice (AOJ) Grant Program has historically provided funding in four areas:

  • Improvement in the operation and management of the court system
  • Improvement and reform of the criminal, civil and juvenile justice systems
  • Public education and understanding about the law, including law-related education
  • Promotion and support for public interest legal representation
  • Funding is currently limited to the Florida Justice Technology Center, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice through the innovative use of technology, the Innocence Project of Florida, which has exonerated 15 wrongly convicted people using DNA evidence, and the Florida Law-Related Education Association, which teaches students about civics and the law.

Fundraising: In 2015-16, more than 4,000 individuals, organizations and corporations contributed to The Florida Bar Foundation. Our core supporters are our Fellows, those who pledge $1,000 to become lifetime members of the Foundation ($200/year, or $100/year for young lawyers, judges, government and nonprofit employees). The Foundation also offers planned giving options and receives cy pres awards from state and federal cases.

Last updated 9/14/16

Florida Bar Foundation Fact Sheet (PDF)