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NCBA Foundation Announces Grants

NCBA Foundation Announces Grants

The North Carolina Bar Association Foundation announces its most recent endowment grants approved on January 26, 2017, at the NCBA Foundation Board of Directors meeting in Cary. A total of 25 grants for January-June 2017 were approved in the amount of $202,384 including 13 statewide and 12 local/regional grants. 

All of the organizations and their projects are listed below with dollar amounts for each grant in parenthesis.

UNC-TV: This Courthouse documentary produced by public television chronicles the rebuilding of the Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro after a devastating fire. ($2,000)

NCBA Foundation Law-Related Education (LRE) : These educational outreach efforts expand civics education in our schools across the state. They include Authors on America, Lawyers 4 Literacy and Camp Confidence. ($6,000)

NCBA Young Lawyers Division: NCBA YLD Bar Exam Laptop Fund. To provide financial assistance for the laptop fee for up to 42 students taking the NC Bar Exam in July 2017. ($6,526)

NCBA YLD Bar Exam Committee: Bar Exam Study/Review Workshop aid individuals who will be taking the upcoming bar exams. ($1,000)

NCBA YLD Scholarship Committee: Scholarships for Children of Slain/Disabled Law Enforcement Officers. Helps with expenses associated with college and/or higher education for children of N.C. law enforcement officers who were killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. ($25,000)

NCBA 4ALL Service Day: N.C. attorneys volunteer their time to field questions and provide legal info to N.C. citizens free of charge at seven call centers in Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Greenville and Wilmington. More than 10,000 citizens will be served in a single day. ($2,800)

Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. (LANC) : 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internships. Provide summer internships for 30 law students to work in Legal Aid of N.C. field programs and/or statewide projects during the summer. ($30,000)

Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. (LANC): 2017 Eviction Diversion Pilot Project. Work to prevent homelessness and reduce the deleterious effects that unstable housing conditions have on children. ($20,000)

LANC Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program: Funds will be used solely for the Legal Aid of North Carolina Student Loan Repayment Assistance Project for law school alumni from Duke University, the University of North Carolina, Wake Forest University and others on staff at LANC to sustain attorney retention. ($13,970)

NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Legal Representation Project. Helps survivors of domestic violence achieve safety and justice through direct legal representation and the provision of legal advice and assistance. ($5,000)

NC Center for Actual Innocence: Innocence Claim Review. Advances credible innocence claims asserted by convicted felons in NC. ($4,000)

NCBA YLD Division: Superhero Scramble. 5K Race to raise money for NCBA Foundation NC LEAP program which assists low wealth entrepreneurs with their basic start-up legal needs. ($3,500)

Racial Justice Committee on the Juvenile Justice and Children's Rights Section: Racial Equity Institute Training - Phase I. Provide historical analysis of race to assist in identifying & advocating for inclusive structures within child welfare and juvenile justice. ($2,840)

Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. (LANC): The Disaster Legal Services (DLS) program was activated by FEMA and the ABA in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in more than 40 eastern North Carolina counties. LANC sponsored the CLE program to train DLS attorney volunteers who will help disaster victims with their legal issues caused by the hurricane. ($3,843)

Project Outreach, Inc.: Resolving Conflicts in Schools focuses on teaching youth in grades 6-8 in Sampson County public schools how the legal system works by teaching them courtroom procedures. Students with leadership ability are chosen to be trained as court officials to oversee nonviolent conflicts and come up with, along with school administrators, positive ways to resolve these conflicts. ($1,000)

A Safe Place: Trafficking in Persons Deferred Prosecution Program. Supports young women and girls in New Hanover County identified as victims of human trafficking. ($5,000)

NCBA YLD Wills for Heroes Committee: Attorneys, paralegals, and law students volunteer and prepare essential estate planning documents at events across the state. ($1,500)

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont: Medicaid Advocacy for North Carolina. Offers legal representation for Medicaid recipients across the southern Piedmont area. This project helps the poorest of the poor. ($30,000)

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont: North Carolina's Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Program. Protecting unaccompanied children in North Carolina from the dangers of their home-country and exploitation in the US. ($5,000)

Justice Matters Inc.: Pro Bono Legal Advice & Referrals Center for Pro Se Litigants at Durham County Courthouse. It will provide assistance in navigating the Durham County court system for low income families. ($5,000)

Safe Alliance: Legal Presentation Program. Assist domestic violence victims with the completion and filing of complaints for domestic violence orders of protection throughout Mecklenburg County. ($2,000)

Campbell Law School: Campbell Community Law Clinic provides rapid solutions to legal services to clients being served by StepUp Ministry, Raleigh Rescue Mission and Urban Ministries in Wake County. ($10,000)

Children's Law Center of Central North Carolina: Advocates for Children in Domestic Violence. Implementation of work in partnership with the Guildford County Family Justice Center. ($8,405)

Pisgah Legal Services: Summer Law Clerk Program introduces law students to public interest law in western North Carolina. ($5,000)

Council for Children's Rights: Right to Legal Representation Program pursues social justice for children through legal representation. ($3,000)

Each grant helps fulfill one of the purposes of the NCBA Foundation Endowment which are:

  • To build respect for and understanding of the law;
  • To support the delivery of legal services to eligible indigent communities; 
  • To support legally related community service projects;
  • To study, improve and facilitate the administration of justice; and
  • To enhance the professional competence of lawyers

Semi-annual grants make possible dozens of statewide bar projects and the legally related service/educational projects of many bar-affiliated, non-profit organizations. The Endowment is the philanthropic heart of the NCBA Foundation and the NCBA.

For more information about the NCBA Foundation Endowment, please contact Tom Hull, director of development, at 919-657-1567 or via email at thull@ncbar.org.