CBF Report January 2014
The Chicago Bar Foundation in 2013
By Meredith Mazzuca | CBF Manager of Marketing & Communications
Last year, we set some ambitious goals at the CBF. Big projects, more grant funding, new solutions. We set our sights high because it’s all about reaching reaching beyond past successes, reaching to solve problems in a new way, reaching more people that need help. That wouldn’t get us very far though without a strong base of leadership and support behind our efforts. It’s because of your support of the CBF and the larger cause of equal access to justice that we’ve been able to achieve these ambitious goals over the last year.
In 2013, the CBF awarded a new record of more than $4.6 million in grants to over 40 pro bono and legal aid organizations, and played a lead role in a number of important access to justice projects. Tens of thousands of low-income and disadvantaged Chicagoans were able to get critical legal advice and assistance, our community’s pro bono and legal aid system is stronger, and we’re making longer-term systemic improvements through a variety of innovative programs. All of this was made possible thanks to the generous support of thousands of CBA members and other legal professionals, more than 200 law firms and corporations, and many other dedicated partners. These photos show just a few of the highlights of this past year. For more about the work you make possible, visit chicagobarfoundation.org.
As we begin 2014, we look forward to reaching even farther as we continue working to make the justice system and our community fairer and better for all of us.