Oak Park nonprofit receives grant from Illinois Bar Foundation

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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.

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Stoja Zjalic from Elmwood Park  

Posted: August 4th, 2014 10:59 AM

Thank you IBF for recognizing PBN's unique mission and mandate through this grant! PBN's innovative model allows its volunteers to "do more with less", something that so many nonprofits adhere to yet a very few succeed in! A small time commitment on my end yields a great benefit to those at the receiving end because I work in a team with a like-minded professional, one who has compassion I'm her hear and cares about our client as much as I do.

Sheila Winkelman Pont from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 3rd, 2014 11:42 AM

We are so excited to have Illinois Bar Foundation supporting PBN. It has been so incredible and affirming to see the huge number of attorneys reaching out to work with PBN and their unbelievable level of commitment. Thank you to IBF for seeing our vision and helping PBN help those so desperately in need.

Pierangela Murphy from River Forest  

Posted: August 3rd, 2014 8:51 AM

I joined PBN early on looking for a way to volunteer my services. PBN gives attorneys a great volunteer opportunity in a variety of different areas depending on interests and time. This is a unique organization which provides a vital need in our society.

Jamie Sloan from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2014 1:29 PM

This is wonderful! It's great to see PBN gaining recognition for the badly needed and greatly appreciated work they are doing. Bravo!

Charlie Sloan from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2014 1:24 PM

I recently joined the Board of PBN, and I have been so very impressed with its staff's commitment, volunteers, and attorneys. The IBF's grant is a fitting external validation of what I have witnessed within the oranization.

Donna Peel from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 1st, 2014 12:17 PM

IBF is modest here. Since PBN's concept of how to recruit talented stay-at-home attorneys is new, this grant says a lot about IBF's support of innovative ideas to solve our legal-aid crisis. We are proud to have this organization's recognition and backing. This grant will help not only those in need of representation, but get hundreds of attorneys into pro bono work. Hopefully for good! www.pro-nono-network.org

Andrea Ott from Oak Park  

Posted: July 31st, 2014 3:36 PM

Congratulations, PBN! Well deserved. Keep up the good work!

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