Akron Bar Foundation

Founded in 1985, the Akron Bar Foundation (Foundation) is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as the fundraising and charitable arm of the Akron Bar Association.  A 16-member Board of Governors leads the organization, and they strive to broaden its role in the community by supporting philanthropic activities and 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations in Summit County, Ohio.

Mission Statement

As the charitable arm of the Akron Bar Association, the Akron Bar Foundation strives to improve the quality of justice and the image of lawyers through the support of law-related and public service programs primarily directed to the Akron metropolitan area.



Annual Gala

Annual the Foundation hosts an Annual Gala with a silent auction to raise funds to support their mission. For more information, please click here...



The Foundation Fellows are Akron Bar Association members, judiciary or attorneys, who have distinguished themselves professionally, made a significant monetary donation, and who have given generously of their time to serve the communities where they live and work. For more information on becoming a Foundation Fellow, please click here...



For the 2021 press release, please click here... 

The Akron Bar Foundation accepts grant request to provide funding for programs or projects that meet one or more of the following objectives:

Will improve the justice system;
Will improve equal access to justice;
Or will improve the quality of justice through public service and/or law-related education.

For more information on the Grant Request process, please click here...



The Foundation provides scholarships to law students based on numerous criteria. In 2019, the Foundation provided $45,000 in scholarships to law school students. For more information on the Application process and guidelines, please click here...


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