Legal Services

The Boston Bar Foundation has a strong history of supporting programs that advance access to legal services, improve fair administration of justice and help expand public understanding of the law. Boston Bar Foundation grant-making revenue comes from three sources: the Massachusetts IOLTA Program, the annual John & Abigail Adams Benefit, and the Boston Bar Foundation's own funds.

The Boston Bar Foundation Grants Committee reviews grant applications during the annual grant cycle and makes funding recommendations to the Board of Trustees for approval.

Committee members are appointed by the Boston Bar Foundation president and come from all sectors of the legal community (private bar, corporate counsel, legal services, academia). In addition, they have:

  • Substantial involvement in community service and/or pro bono activities
  • Significant knowledge of and commitment to the Greater Boston legal services community

The collective knowledge and individual backgrounds of its members helps the Grants Committee to strategically direct resources and funding to areas and organizations that effectively address the greatest needs. The committee's focus spans not only unmet current need, but also emerging issues facing low-income individuals in Greater Boston.

For questions on the grants process, please contact Cara Forcellati at or 617-778-1958.