Dear Oklahoma Bar Foundation Fellows, Community Fellows and Friends: The holiday season is a time of celebration, reflection and appreciation of our many gifts of family, friends, clients, colleagues and for our legal profession. As I reflect on my year as president of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation, one word comes to mind: gratitude. I am grateful for my year as … Read More
By OBF President Susan B. Shields On August 22nd, I had the pleasure of attending an all-day meeting of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation’s Grants and Awards Committee. At this meeting, the Committee, under the able leadership of Judge Millie Otey, interviewed applicants for 2013 OBF grants. This annual meeting always proves to be one of the most gratifying experiences as … Read More
The Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation recently approved grant awards to 13 district courts across Oklahoma totaling $89,375. The grants range in size from $13,530 to $2,755 for technology equipment that will help to improve access to Oklahoma’s judicial system. The Oklahoma Bar Foundation program is unique in that it provides funding for technology projects to the … Read More
President Susan Shields states an increasingly important funding mechanism to maintain the grant-making endowment of the OBF is through charitable planned giving. Charitable planned giving, during lifetime or at death, can take many forms and the “planning” involved typically involves a donor making a charitable gift that will occur at a future date as a way to help support the … Read More
We are well into 2013 and have all (hopefully) fully recovered from the end of 2012, including our holiday and year end festivities and the dangers of the fiscal cliff, with the looming debt crisis still to be addressed. Another “crisis” said to be facing our country is the enormous need for pro bono service from lawyers. It is estimated that more than 80% of the legal needs of persons in the U.S. with limited income are currently unmet. That is a crisis that the OBF, and each person who supports the OBF, directly helps to improve.
You are providing legal advice to a start-up non-profit organization or sitting on the board of such an organization. You believe strongly in the entity’s mission, and want to do all you can, as a lawyer and as a volunteer, to help it succeed. A perfect example to follow is right in front of you – the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. This non-profit charitable organization, which is the third oldest bar foundation in the U.S, has successfully raised and distributed over $10 million to provide legal services and law-related benefits and education to Oklahoma citizens, all in the name of Oklahoma lawyers. The OBF provides a valuable legal blueprint for any lawyer to follow in establishing, operating, or contributing to the success of a non-profit organization.
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Susan Shields takes the helm as president of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation at a time when the OBF is working hard to maintain grant funding for important law-related charitable programs that serve Oklahomans in need and school children throughout the State. 2012 proved to be a very different year for your Bar Foundation, with a dramatic decline in income of near fifty percent compared to 2011. Going forward, grants will need to be reduced further without additional financial support and help from the Oklahoma legal community.
To be a Fellow means that you are a player — not just a fan. Fellows are stakeholders in the mission and purpose of OBF. Mixed metaphors aside, I present you with my top ten reasons why you should be proud to be a Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation.
The OBF supports causes important to lawyers and law firms. In these challenging economic times when other sources of funding for OBF grantees have been drastically cut or have completely gone away, contributions from people like you will help the OBF be able to continue our mission of supporting law-related charities. Law-related charitable services are not an area other organizations or groups willingly support and it is important that we, as attorneys, help.