Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation
The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (CMBF) is the charitable fundraising arm of the CMBA. It raises critical
dollars for the association’s nationally recognized "Lawyers Giving Back" public outreach and pro bono legal service programs. Each year, nearly 1,000 attorneys support these programs with volunteer service. The programs supported by the Bar Foundation change individual lives in a way that positively impacts the community. The CMBF is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
The Bar Foundation funds outreach programs that are organized primarily under the Justice For All and Diversity & Inclusion umbrellas of the CMBA.
These wide-ranging and innovative programs currently include: The 3Rs – Rights, Responsibilities, Realities; Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program; Cleveland Mock Trial and Ohio Mock Trial Competitions; Pro Se Divorce Clinics; Reach Out Pro Bono for Nonprofits; Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts; Law Day; Louis Stokes Scholars Program; and Stephanie Tubbs Jones Summer Legal Academy.
The CMBF raises funds through a variety of programs including annual special events - Rock the Foundation, Halloween Run for Justice and Franklin A. Polk Public Servant Merit Awards Luncheon; annual dues check-off and other donations; the Fellows Program; Legacy Fellows (planned giving); and United Way designations.