Mecklenburg Bar Foundation Giving Funds


The Bar Foundation Fund (BFF) is the primary means of fundraising for the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation. The BFF is an umbrella campaign that includes both unrestricted and restricted giving and allows the Foundation to recognize all of its supporters, all year long. Giving funds that make up the Bar Foundation Fund include:

Lawyers' Impact Fund
The Lawyers' Impact Fund (LIF) is the Foundation's unrestricted giving fund. Gifts to this fund provide grants that support and enhance projects and organizations that have a legal nexus in the greater community as well as support the day-to-day operations of the Foundation. Because MCB membership dues do not support this separate, charitable organization, your tax-deductible donations to the Lawyers' Impact Fund are the lifeblood of the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation.

Hon. James B. McMillan Fellowship Fund
The James B. McMillan Fellowship Fund was established in 1995 to honor the memory and example of U.S District Court Judge James B. McMillan with the goal of promoting justice and innovation within the legal system in Mecklenburg County. Through this fund, the Foundation awards summer fellowships to law students pursuing legal careers in the nonprofit or government sector. 

James B. McMillan Fellowship Application

Law & Society
The Law & Society Lecture presents a speaker of interest to the public and those in the legal profession to advance public understanding and respect for the rule of law and the role of the legal profession in accordance with the Foundation's mission. Previous speakers include: Ralph Nader, Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr, Harvard law professor Arthur Miller, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Janet Reno, the first woman Attorney General of the United States, celebrated author Kathy Reichs, and "Master of Disaster" Ken Feinberg.

Bar Leadership Institute (BLI)
The Bar Leadership Institute is a six-month program designed to cultivate future leaders with an emphasis on giving back to the Bar and the community through involvement with the Mecklenburg County Bar and Mecklenburg Bar Foundation leadership projects.

If you would like additional information about any of the giving funds or have questions about how you can best support the Foundation, please contact MBF Interim Executive Director Leah Campbell at