You can make a real difference in making the justice system and our larger community a fairer and better place with a contribution to the CBF by making a gift now, or you can learn more by reviewing the options below. By coming together through the CBF, you can make a far greater impact than any of us could on our own.

Justice Society

Planned Giving

Law Firm & Corporate Support

Make a Powerful Impact and Start Building your Legacy Today

The CBF’s Justice Society is a special group of donors who commit to support the CBF for three or more years. Through their long-term support, Justice Society members ensure that our legal community can continue to come together through the CBF to address systemic issues affecting access to justice, which can take years to tackle and resolve. The CBF’s Legacy of Justice Society members take their support further by making a planned gift to the CBF, placing their trust in the CBF to steward their legacy for many years to come

Make a Gift Today

Your gift bolsters the CBF’s ongoing efforts to improve equal access to justice. With your support, you will make an immediate impact in addressing the challenges we face in creating a legal system that is more fair, accessible, and efficient for everyone in our community. Thank you for your support!

One-Time Gift

Monthly Giving

Tribute or Memorial Gift

Investing in Justice Campaign

The annual Investing in Justice Campaign rallies Chicago’s entire legal community around our common cause of ensuring that everyone has access to necessary legal help, not just people who can afford it. Thousands of individual lawyers and legal professionals at more than 130 Chicago-area law firms, corporate legal departments, companies, and other law-related organizations participate in the Campaign.

Other Ways To Give

There are many ways to make a difference in supporting the CBF. Every gift to the CBF makes a difference in building a fairer and better justice system, and there are several ways you can make an even bigger and long-lasting impact. Whatever way you choose to give, the common thread is it all makes a difference.

Donor-Advised Funds

A donor advised fund (DAF) provides immediate tax deductions and allows you to make gifts over time. Contact CBF Director of Development Sang Yup Lee for more information.

Gifts of Stock or Securities

donation of appreciated stock gives you a dual tax benefit. You can avoid paying taxes on the capital gains and you can write off the full value as a donation when you itemize your taxes so long as you have owned the asset for over a year. When considering a gift of stock, it’s best to start the process at least a week before December 31. Most investment firms require a letter of instruction or authorization to transfer shares to charity, and a mutual fund donation may require you to take additional steps. Contact CBF Director of Development Sang Yup Lee for more information.

IRA Charitable rollover
Donations from your IRA account are another great way to support if you have reached the age of 70 ½. You are able to transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA tax-free to the CBF once you have reached that age, and if you are at least 73 years old, it can count as your required minimum distribution for the year without being taxable income. Contact CBF Director of Development Sang Yup Lee for more information
Employer Matching Gifts
Many companies match donations that an employer makes to a charitable contribution. Ask if your employer will match your gift to the CBF.

Our Supporters

None of this would be possible without the generosity, commitment and leadership of our supporters. We are grateful for you and everyone who has joined with us in the fight to ensure equal access to justice. Thank you again for making a real difference in our community.

The CBF’s annual Investing in Justice Campaign supports the work of more than 30 pro bono and legal aid organizations and related initiatives in the Chicago area. More than 4,000 individual donors support the Campaign each year. The CBF directs 100% of those donations toward grants to these organizations.

Justice Society Members

Members of the CBF Justice Society make a distinct and long-term impact in creating a justice system that is more fair, accessible and efficient for everyone in our community. The CBF is deeply grateful for the leadership and generosity of its Justice Society members.

Annual Fund Members

The Chicago Bar Foundation is thankful for donors to our Annual Fund, which drives the CBF’s systemic efforts beyond the good work made possible by the Investing in Justice Campaign. These generous donors are improving access to justice through community leadership, legislative and policy advocacy, and court system advocacy.

Law Firm Supporters

More than 100 law firms provide generous financial support for the CBF’s efforts in the community, and a list of our current law firm supporters follows below. In addition, a number of other firms provide critical support by directing cy pres awards to the CBF and through participation in the annual CBF Investing in Justice Campaign.

Corporate Supporters

There are more than 50 corporations and business partners in the greater Chicago area providing generous financial support for the CBF’s efforts in the community, and a list of our current supporters follows below. In addition, a number of other corporations and business partners support the CBF with in-kind contributions throughout the year.