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Focused on your community.
Committed to access to justice for all.

Your charitable giving goes further through the HCBF.

Since 1968, the Hennepin County Bar Foundation has made a positive impact on the community by funding legal projects and agencies that support those in need throughout Hennepin County.

The mission of the foundation is:

"Promoting equal access to justice for the people of Hennepin County."

Serving as the charitable arm of the Hennepin County Bar Association, the Foundation was established with the express purpose of providing financial assistance to individuals, organizations, and projects related to the law and the legal system. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation that derives virtually all of its funding from direct contributions from individual HCBA lawyers, area law firms, and other organizations in the legal arena.

The HCBF provides more than $100,000 in grants each year to local nonprofits through our Annual Grant process. Cy pres awards donated to the HCBF are also distributed to local nonprofits through a separate process. Additionally, the HCBF has periodically provided seed money or acted as a catalyst for new endeavors that are consistent with the mission of the foundation.

The HCBF has recently been engaged in strategic discussions related to growing the impact of our grantmaking. As a result, the HCBF is focused on:

  • Giving larger grant awards;
  • Conducting a rigorous, multi-stage selection process;
  • Staying connected to the local nonprofit community, to keep updated on the ever-changing needs of the people served by our grantees; and
  • Growing the dollars raised in order to say "yes" to a higher number of deserving grant applicants.

When you designate part of your firm’s or your personal budget for charitable giving, we urge you to make the HCBF a priority. Your donation has double impact: it results in a stronger local community and furthers the ideals of the legal profession.

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Learn more about the HCBF Annual Grant process and grantees >>

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View the most recent HCBF Annual Impact Report >>

View HCBF Bylaws >>   View Articles of Incorporation >>

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