Mission & Background

Mission Statement

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is dedicated to promoting access to justice for all people in the community, particularly those struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination. The Bar Foundation is the embodiment of the Philadelphia legal community’s commitment to this fundamental principle. We accomplish this mission by providing grants and technical assistance in support of quality legal services, addressing unmet legal needs and providing education on matters in the public interest. 

Click here for the Bar Foundation's 2013-2017 Strategic Plan

Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Diversity & Inclusion Statement

Why We Exist

The Bar Foundation is the legal community's philanthropy in Philadelphia. Our work supports a highly skilled network of public interest non-profits that provide legal services to our area's most vulnerable populations. A core activity of the Bar Foundation is attracting donors and funding partners who share our belief that access to justice is fundamental to the American experience.

What Makes Us Unique

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is the only foundation in Philadelphia that is solely dedicated to supporting our city's legal services community. The Bar Foundation strives to provide dependable funding each year to local public interest work. We are committed to fully engaging the legal community and to strengthening the image of the legal profession and providing rewarding opportunities for individual lawyers to participate.

Our Strength

Our outreach is city-wide, through which thousands of individual attorneys, law firms and corporations in Philadelphia join together so that everyone, especially the most vulnerable members of our community, has access to justice.

How You Benefit

  • For the donor community, the Bar Foundation’s grantmaking process ensures that funds are addressing a clear set of legal services priorities and that each grantee meets the highest standards of governance.
  • For the public interest community, we are a grantor and an advocate, providing support and raising awareness about the importance of legal services and positive impact on people's lives.
  • For the Philadelphia community, the Bar Foundation is providing a strong network of legal services that are often critical to the health, safety and independence of disadvantaged Philadelphians.

Our Goal

Our goal is to grow in our ability to provide significant and dependable support, training, technical assistance and capacity building to our network of public interest non-profits. These organizations provide no-cost or low-cost legal services to the poor, the elderly, the disabled, and children who are victims of abuse and neglect.