News Tag: CBF Supporters

December 6, 2018

Leading By Example

Law firms and corporations play an integral role in the CBF and the larger cause of equal access to justice in many ways. Before 2008, however, our community lacked the means to recognize those firms and companies who embody best practices in their leadership and comprehensive support for the cause.

Then, as now, firms and companies […]

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November 28, 2018

A Legacy of Justice

2014 Equal Justice Works Fellow Lee Robbins. EJW Fellowships are just one initiative the Brode Fund has made possible through the CBF.

As a public foundation, the good work of the CBF is only possible through the voluntary support of thousands of individuals and dedicated partners who contribute in so many different ways. And everyone […]

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November 21, 2018

A Partnership to Benefit All

More than 200 law firms, corporate law departments and other law-related businesses of all sizes in the Chicago area are vital partners with the CBF in the larger cause of ensuring the justice system is fair and accessible for everyone in our community.

These dedicated firms and companies provide core funding for the CBF’s work as […]

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November 20, 2018

A Society for Access to Justice

A quick Google search of the meaning of the word society yields the following phrases: the community of people living in a particular country or region and having shared customs, laws and organizations, and an organization or club formed for a particular purpose or activity.

Those two definitions together exemplify the purpose of the CBF Justice […]

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November 19, 2018

Life Fellows Laid Foundation for the CBF

As we continue to celebrate the CBF’s 70th Anniversary this year, we take pride in the fact that the CBF has long been a powerful force for good thanks to the strong support of Chicago’s legal community. That never would have happened, however, without the leadership and generous support of a number of dedicated individuals […]

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November 2, 2018

Alone We Can Do So Little, Together We Can Do So Much

If we had to identify one thing that has made the CBF a powerful force for good over our first 70 years, that famous quote in the title from Helen Keller sums it up well.

The concept of partnerships is part of the CBF’s DNA. The CBF’s very existence owes to our legal community coming together […]

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August 24, 2018

A Gift Becomes a Legacy

2018 CBF Moses Scholarship recipient Angela Kilgore

Throughout our 70-year history, the CBF has been fortunate to receive a number of planned gifts from generous members of the legal community. A good example was a gift Eleanor Moses made to the CBF in 1975 in memory of her husband and in honor of her son, […]

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December 21, 2017

Maximize Your Year-End Charitable Giving

As 2017 comes to a close, many of us are taking out our checkbooks and making our end-of-year gifts to the charities we support. However, if you are considering a larger gift, a better strategy may be to put away your checkbook and pick up the phone to your financial advisor instead. With the stock market at an all-time high right now, a look at your entire financial picture may reveal that it’s more beneficial to your bottom line to give a gift of appreciated assets than to give cash.

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December 14, 2017

Support the CBF with a Year-End Gift

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

That of course is the opening line of the Dickens classic, A Tale of Two Cities. It could also be a metaphor for the state of access to justice in 2017. We are getting dangerously close to a tale of two justice systems, one for those who can afford legal help and another for the growing numbers of people in our community who cannot.

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November 17, 2016

What Makes a Good Charity?

The eminent Peter Drucker famously said, There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all. Mistaking efficiency for effectiveness is a danger for any organization, and particularly so for nonprofits. Yet that is exactly what most of the entities that give advice about what makes a good charity tend to do, often compounding their error by utilizing misleading standards for determining efficiency. There is a better way.

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