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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

April 04, 2023

CBF Annual Civics Event Recap

The Columbus Bar Foundation Annual Civics Event Proved to be an Enjoyable and Educational Evening.

January 19, 2023

Columbus Bar Foundation to Host 2nd Annual Civics Education Event at Greater Columbus Convention Center

On March 30, 2023, the Columbus Bar Foundation will host "Democracy Matters" an event for local high school government and history teachers and their students. The event will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist, Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post and MSNBC and remarks from NBC4 anchor and attorney, Colleen Marshall.



January 18, 2023

Columbus Bar Foundation is hiring a Development Director

The Columbus Bar Foundation is a 501(c)3 dedicated to promoting an understanding of the law, the role of the legal profession, and access to justice for all. The Foundation is currently seeking a Development Director to direct its fundraising efforts. 

August 29, 2022

W. Breck Weigel Receives 2022 John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award

Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio (PBPO) is pleased to share that founding Board member and former Board President, W. Breck Weigel, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs, has been named recipient of the 2022 John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award.

August 01, 2022

Columbus Bar Foundation 2022 Annual Meeting Recap

On July 21, 2022, the Columbus Bar Foundation celebrated another successful year at our joint Annual Meeting and 50 Year Luncheon. Held at Mitchell Hall on Columbus State Community College’s campus, we had nearly 100 people out to enjoy a good lunch, celebrate the Foundation, swear in our new president and trustees, and honor attorneys who recently celebrated 50 years in the practice of law.

January 05, 2022

Columbus Bar Foundation to Host Civics Education Event for Local High School Teachers and Students

On March 10, 2022, the Columbus Bar Foundation will host "Preserving Our Democracy," an event for local high school government and history teachers and their students. The event will feature Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham and special remarks by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and U.S. District Court Chief Judge Algenon L. Marbley.

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 (

High School Teachers

As part of our civics education event, "Democracy Matters" the Columbus Bar Foundation prepared a Resources for High School Civics Education handout, with links to a number of local and national resources. 

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Columbus Bar Association
230 West Street, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43215

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Phone: (614) 221-4112
Fax: (614) 221-4850

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