Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation
Lawyers Giving Back

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (CMBF) is the charitable fundraising arm of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA).  It raises critical dollars for the association’s nationally recognized public outreach programs that focus on improving the lives of our youth, as well as other vulnerable members of our community. Each year, nearly 1,000 attorneys support these programs with volunteer service.  The work of the Bar Foundation changes individual lives in a way that positively impacts the entire community.

The CMBF is a leading law-related charity in Northeast Ohio and is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization with origins dating back more than 50 years. Today, the Bar Foundation, through the support of its donors and volunteers, is more vibrant than ever before, and poised to build on its success in the coming years.

Serving as the charitable arm of the CMBA, the Bar Foundation represents the commitment of CMBA members to the Justice For All programs and the Greater Cleveland community. The Bar Foundation is a fundraising vehicle for CMBA members to collectively provide outstanding programs and initiatives that serve the Cleveland metropolitan community and promote pro bono legal assistance and public law-related education.

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; The 3Rs+; Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program; High School 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 .

In partnership with The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, the Bar Foundation also provides support for the Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project, which assists individuals going through a personal bankruptcy, and the Bankruptcy By-Pass Program, which offers pro bono legal support for individuals for which filing bankruptcy is not an option. 


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Overview Brochure
2012-2014 Annual Report [1 MB]
2011-2012 Annual Report [1 MB]
2010-2011 Annual Report  [1.4 MB]

Funded Programs

The Bar Foundation funds the innovative and wide-ranging Justice For All programs. Additionally, it assists in funding for the Association’s diversity and inclusion programs.


Year-round contributions of time and finances help achieve both short and long term goals. Learn more.

Fellows Program

Provides ongoing philanthropy and helps secure the future of the programs funded by the Bar Foundation.

Legacy Fellows Program

Supports the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation through a gift in an estate plan.

Upcoming Events 

Rock the Foundation - February 13, 2016 

Recent Events

Public Servants - August 28, 2015 
Halloween Run - October 31, 2015