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The Bar Foundation awards $385,000 in charitable, educational grants

June 5, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

ALBANY - Sixty-six organizations across New York State have received grants totaling $385,000 from The New York Bar Foundation.

"We are pleased to provide financial support that will benefit children and adults throughout our communities in New York State," Bar Foundation President Cristine Cioffi said. "The generosity of the Foundation's donors helps local organizations provide legal representation to the underserved, and supports legal education. Lawyers do care and do share."

Several grants will support programs that provide access to justice to domestic violence victims, to low-income immigrants, and older individuals who are neglected or abused. Portions of grant funding also will help those seeking legal assistance with bankruptcy, foreclosures, debt collection, consumer debt and legal guardianships for disabled children.

Funding for the projects comes from contributions to The Foundation by lawyers, law firms, corporations and others. Lucia B. Whisenand, who chairs the Foundation's Grants Committee, noted that during the past three years, The Foundation awarded $3 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations. One-hundred percent of the funds contributed are awarded to beneficiary organizations.

In the Eighth Judicial District, which includes Chautauqua County, grantees include: Genesee County CASA For Children; Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo; Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York; National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York; Partnership for Ontario County; Police Athletic League of Niagara Falls; and Wyoming County Youth Bureau.

The New York Bar Foundation is dedicated to aiding charitable and educational projects to meet the law-related needs of the public and the legal profession. To learn more about The New York Bar Foundation and how you can support its charitable programs, go to, phone 518/487-5651 or email



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