There are many ways for firms and foundations to sponsor the Indiana Bar Foundation's programs. If you are interested in the 2020 National High School Mock Trial Championship, see sponsorship levels here or visit indianamocktrial.com. For local sponsorships available annually, click here. Contact Theresa Browning, CFRE, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 269-7864 for more information.
Donate today to help students succeed.
Civic education depends on each of us contributing not just time but private donations to ensure teachers and students have the resources they need. You can ensure that students learn about the U.S. Constitution and the American judicial process.
You can help Hoosiers who cannot afford a private attorney find fairness and representation through a local legal aid nonprofit.
“This class has changed the way I view not only the American political atmosphere, but also my life. The time required to research and practice I feel has positively impacted me in all of my classes and will go on to aid me in college and my future career. The most rewarding part of the class is starting from nothing and within several months being able to sit across from judges, lawyers, etc. at the state competition and hold your own/push back against their follow up questions. That moment exemplified the teamwork, dedication, and commitment I have experienced in We the People.”
-- Dominic Restivo, Plainfield High School Senior, former We the People team member
Do you want to ensure more Hoosiers get the help they need?
Join the Keystone Society. A monthly donation of just $84 (for 12 months from October 2017 through September 2018) will ensure more Hoosiers receive free legal advice or assistance through nonprofits providing civil legal aid.
What will my donation do?
- Help students participate in regional, state and national civics competitions for We the People: the Citizen & the Constitution and the Indiana High School Mock Trial programs to learn critical thinking, teamwork and public speaking skills
- Educate teachers on constitutional history and teaching tools through professional development
- Grow the We the People program in underrepresented regions
- Expand Indiana’s High School Mock Trial program to more regions
- Increase access to civil legal aid
Your monthly donation will create a ripple effect throughout the state. It will ensure more students may compete in the Indiana High School Mock Trial Competition. Regional and state competitions require hundreds of volunteers. Your monthly donation ensures almost 4,000 students have a life-changing experience.
Your donations add up!
Want to do more? Your donations accumulate to show how much you value you placed on the civic education and civil legal aid mission.
Partner - $1,000
Counselor - $2,500
Advocate - $5,000
Barrister - $10,000
New to the Legal Profession?
A $500 annual contribution, unrestricted, will qualify anyone who has practiced five or fewer years.
“As a lawyer the job is to know what one is talking about. Lawyers must also be able to maintain their composure throughout frustrating objections and crosses from the opposing counsel. As a witness the job is to make the testimony more believable than the other team’s. It would be impossible to do so if, as a witness, someone sounded like they had no idea what they were talking about or if they seemed juvenile. No matter what, no matter how frustrating it can be, no matter how well or how poorly it is going, professionalism must be maintained.”
-- Indiana High School Mock Trial Competitor
Thank you for helping Hoosiers succeed.
Succeed in civic education.
Succeed in legal matters regardless of their ability to pay.
Succeed because the legal community made it possible for them to succeed.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Keystone Society?
The Keystone Society is a form of recognition for annual giving. Membership shows you are someone who recognizes the importance of civic education and civil justice. Your donations are unrestricted so they can be applied to the areas of greatest need annually. Just achieve one of the accumulated donation totals between October 1 and September 30 of the subsequent year.
Is an annual donation required?
Whatever you decide to donate is a welcome addition to the services provided for students, teachers, and those who benefit from civil legal aid services.
What is the minimum donation?
Donors who give $84 a month from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018 will achieve Partner status in the Keystone Society. For that you will receive certain recognition and Hoosiers will find more opportunities for civic education and civil legal aid. You may make your donation through your bank or on our safe, secure donate page.
1 in 3 Need Your Help
JLAP Treatment Fund
As many as one in three attorneys struggles with depression.
The JLAP Treatment Fund provides financial assistance to those who couldn’t otherwise afford treatment, medication, or other services. All donations go directly to treatment costs – there are no administration fees deducted.
JLAP provides confidential services to judges, attorneys, law students, and bar applicants experiencing any issue which may impact quality of life or ability to practice in a competent and professional manner. JLAP helps with issues ranging from life stressors such as grief or workplace stress to mental health or substance use issues.
Help begins with a free and confidential consultation with JLAP staff, and services offered include assistance connecting to mental health providers, individual and group peer support, and assistance with reaching out to a peer who is struggling.
Here’s one example of how your donations helped a JLAP participant:
“Sally” had been unemployed for several months when she was referred to JLAP by a volunteer. In their first completely confidential meeting, the JLAP staff member realized that Sally was severely depressed. In addition to being unemployed, Sally had been caring for multiple ill family members, and it had taken a toll. Sally had no income, no savings, and no way to pay for treatment.
The JLAP Treatment Fund paid for a limited number of appointments with a psychiatrist and medications. A JLAP volunteer drove Sally to the pharmacy to ensure there was no delay in getting Sally on the road to recovery. Another JLAP volunteer worked with Sally on her job search and networking. As her depression improved, Sally became more confident in her interviewing skills.
Sally was employed within three months of her first appointment with JLAP. The total cost to JLAP’s treatment fund was only $675.00.
Visit JLAP’s website at http://www.courts.in.gov/ijlap/.
Deferred Giving through the Cornerstone Society
When you use your charitable gift to establish an endowment, the gift is invested with two goals: to make the principal grow faster than inflation and to provide income for the designated program. The principal is never touched, and any earnings over a certain amount—usually five percent—are channeled back into the fund to grow it. Well-managed endowments can generate income indefinitely and therefore allow donors to establish a legacy.
Donors have established several endowed funds that are restricted to mission-centered purposes. These restricted endowed funds include law-related education, access to justice, and initiatives to improve the legal system. Find a list of the various Cornerstone Society funds here.
The Foundation also encourages donors to consider sponsoring named fund initiatives. These funds may be created by individuals, firms or others interested in promoting the advancement of justice. Named funds direct assets to the Foundation in the form of cash or securities, bequests, gifts of real property, life insurance, or by life income arrangements. All of these named funds will be publicly designated and grants may be awarded when the fund reaches a minimum of $10,000. Annually, the distinguished roster of named funds will be published in the Annual Report of the Foundation. All donors to the Foundation by bequest or life income arrangement will be honored as Legacy members of the Cornerstone Society.
For information on alternative ways to give, including gifts by will, life insurance, stock, and securities, click here. For more information, please read our gift acceptance policy. Contact Theresa Browning at email@example.com or (317) 269-7864.