The Women’s Bar Foundation was established in 1966 for the purpose of providing “scholarships, awards or other financial aid for the study of law in accredited law schools in the State of Illinois to deserving and qualified women.” The Foundation was incorporated in 1968 as an Illinois not-for-profit corporation and has been granted exemption from Federal income taxes under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The funds for Foundation scholarships are raised through individual donations, endowments, bequests, and Foundation events. Through the years, scholarships have been provided by donations from former scholarship winners and by donations from other supporters. The foundation honors distinguished members and donors by awarding scholarships in their names. To ensure the viability of the Foundation, supporters are encouraged to consider including the Women’s Bar Foundation in their estate plans.