At the Cincinnati Bar Foundation, we believe that our community works better when people understand the law and have equal access to justice.  Every day, we empower non-profits to help our legally vulnerable citizens because our community is stronger when we have confidence in our legal system.

Established in 1961 to fund educational and charitable programs to serve the legal profession, the justice system, and the community, grants are made twice a year.

Led by a volunteer board, we also oversee specific funds, scholarships, events and name a recipient of the John L. Muething Lifetime Achievement in Law award each fall.


Promoting Justice & Changing Lives Through the Law 


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