With the desire to serve the legal profession, the justice system and the Greater Cincinnati community, the Cincinnati Bar Foundation concentrates grant-making efforts in the following four areas:
- Encouraging knowledge and understanding of, and respect for, the law in the community, particularly with young people
- Improving the quality and administration of justice in all its facets
- Supporting the delivery of legal services at an affordable cost for the poor, elderly and otherwise disadvantaged
- Fostering professionalism and civility in the practice of law
Leadership is provided by a separate board, thanks to volunteers from the local legal community.
The Foundation also fulfills its mission by naming a recipient of the John L. Muething Lifetime Achievement in Law award each fall.