The Iowa State Bar Foundation was established in 1944 to support the efforts of The Iowa State Bar Association to advance jurisprudence and the administration of justice through education and research.
The Iowa State Bar Association has always been a voluntary organization. That system has worked well, and has fostered a genuine spirit of volunteerism within the profession. The Bar Foundation provides another opportunity to support worthwhile law-related projects that enhance the profession and the practice of law in the state and serve the public through education of the legal system.
The Iowa State Bar Foundation is a separate legal entity from The Iowa State Bar Association. It is governed by a nine-person Board of Directors made up of attorneys from across the state. Because the Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.
In all of its initiatives, the Foundation strives to be a catalyst, convener and collaborator for change that furthers its mission for the benefit of Iowans.
The Foundation strives to accomplish this mission:
- through grant-making to government agencies and not-for-profit organizations for projects furthering its mission;
- through publications that further public understanding of the law;
- through ongoing efforts to bring courts and communities together to improve the access and experience of the public with local courts and to address the role of courts as a community's institution of last resort.
Foundation Grant Application
2013-2014 Foundation Annual Report