COURTESY OF ILLINOIS BAR FOUNDATION
CHICAGO, IL, July 28, 2014 – The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), has given a grant of $7,500 to Pro Bono Network, a nonprofit organization in Oak Park.
The grant is one of 30 grants totaling $242,500, which the foundation has distributed this year to nonprofit legal aid organizations statewide, including Cook County and northern, central and southern Illinois.
The funding to Pro Bono Network will help accelerate the organization's plans to build the infrastructure necessary for the expansion. Specifically, the funds will enable the network to hire two part-time staff in 2014, with a goal of increasing their salaried time worked over three years.
The mission of the Illinois Bar Foundation is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. This year, the Foundation will distribute more than $400,000 in grants to legal aid organizations across the state of Illinois, and in Lawyers Care Fund support to attorneys and their families in need. The Illinois Bar Foundation is located at 20 S. Clark St., Suite 910, Chicago, IL 60603, and the phone number is (312) 726-6072.