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Columbus Bar Foundation

The Columbus Bar Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Columbus legal community. As legal professionals, we can do more for this community working together than we can individually.

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The Foundation is dedicated to promoting understanding of the law, the role of the legal profession, and access to justice for all. Through grants, the Columbus Bar Foundation provides seed money and support for a variety of programs.

The Columbus Bar Foundation can be your way of "giving back" to our community. We make sure that every gift, large or small, makes a difference in the lives of the people of this community. The Foundation is a great place to create a memorial for a loved one, pursue your own philanthropic goals or leave a lasting legacy to this community.

CBF News & Announcements

October 20, 2021

Foundation Approves Grant to Support Underserved Immigrant Community

The Columbus Bar Foundation recently approved grants of $79,000 per year for two years to the Legal Aid Society of Columbus to fund a new paralegal position at Catholic Social Services’ Our Lady of Guadalupe Center in West Columbus.

July 09, 2021

Columbus Bar Foundation Introduces New Judicial Legacy Fund

2020 was a year of hardship, worry and disappointment for so many due to the onset of a mass, global pandemic. With it came much loss, including some of Columbus’s finest jurists. To honor the legacy of both those who have passed away or stepped away from the bench, the Columbus Bar Foundation has announced the inception of its new Judicial Legacy Fund.

December 30, 2020

Franklin County Municipal Court Self-Help Resource Center Featured by Politico

Politico recently featured the Franklin County Municipal Court Self-Help Center as an innovation in serving individuals who have been incarcerated. While all of the Center's work was discussed, special attention was given to the new social work program.

January 02, 2020

CBF Contributes $75,000 to Ohio Legal Help

The CBF Columbus Law Library Fund recently made a grant of $75,000 to Ohio Legal Help to help build a robust statewide self-help website (