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Kansas Bar Foundation Awards $382,500 to Eleven Organizations

Tuesday, December 3, 2019   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Anne Woods
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Kansas Bar Foundation awards $382,500 to Eleven Organizations

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
On this Giving Tuesday, the Kansas Bar Foundation (KBF) announces the recipients of 2020 grants. The KBF is pleased to provide funding to organizations that support access to justice and provide law related education to Kansans.

IOLTA Grants

Funding for IOLTA comes from the Interest on Lawyer Trusts Accounts program. The program is a partnership with Kansas bankers and lawyers that started in 1984 and provides interest from attorney trust accounts to be used to fund charitable purposes.

The Kansas IOLTA program has generated over $4 million for nonprofit organizations over the last 37 years. KBF IOLTA Committee members review proposals and submit funding recommendations to the KBF Board of Trustees. The Board approved the following organizations to receive funding next year:

  • Kansas Legal Services – $40,000
    To provide civil legal services through advice and representation to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and crime victims throughout the state.
  • Kansas CASA – $15,000
    To increase their ability to advocate for children by increasing the number of trained volunteers and increasing the supervision of volunteers in the state.
  • Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence – $13,000
    To adopt the SAFeR method (developed by the Battered Women’s Justice Project) to conform with Kansas laws and then distribute the new guidance to family law practitioners.
  • Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas – $10,000
    To advance the agency’s mission to empower eligible permanent residents to naturalize by covering Naturalization Workshops in rural communities like Russell, WaKeeney, and Norton. Workshops provide a place where permanent residents can learn about citizenship, test their knowledge of English and civics, and use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process to obtain their prior immigration documents.
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy – $10,000
    To provide a public services advocacy skills training program at no charge for public service attorneys in Kansas. The learning-by-doing program provides a setting for attorneys to develop trial advocacy skills.
  • El Centro – $5,000
    To serve low-income immigrants during a critical time. The funding will be used for the Immigrant Assistance Clinic that provides legal resources and services in the Topeka and surrounding areas.
  • KBA Law Related Education Committee – $3,500
    To provide Law Wise, a free, electronic resource for educators that provides lesson plans and information about civics, history, government and the law.
  • Wichita Family Crisis Center – $3,000
    To increase access to the Civil Legal Assistance Program for survivors of domestic violence in South Central Kansas.
  • Safehome – $3,000
    To assist in providing information and advocacy for victims of domestic violence in the Johnson County area.
  • Kansas Bar Association Young Lawyer Section Mock Trial Program – $2,500
    To host regional and state mock trial competitions for Kansas high school students.
  • Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution – $2,500
    In support of the KIPCOR Triage Program that provides dispute resolution services to divorcing/separating parents in Harvey and McPherson counties.

Community Redevelopment and Homeowners Assistance Grants

In 2015, the Kansas Bar Foundation received $3,273,938.50 from a national settlement to be used for the sole purpose of providing funding to legal aid organizations in the State of Kansas. The focus is to provide legal services for foreclosure prevention and legal services for community redevelopment. The Foundation awarded the following 2020 grants to Kansas Legal Services.

  • $200,000
    To fund direct legal assistance to the public for services involving legal assistance in foreclosure prevention and outreach/education for the public in housing stability issues that include foreclosure prevention, loan modification and working with lenders to implement reasonable payment plans. KLS will also provide assistance in the expungement process to persons facing barriers to stable housing and safe neighborhoods.
  • $75,000
    To partner with the Johnson County Bar Association and legal services organizations in Pratt, Saline, and Ottawa counties to provide direct legal assistance to residents facing serious and persistent legal barriers to employment and home ownership. This includes services such as expungement and sealing of criminal records, driver’s license issues, occupational licensing issues, identify theft, credit repair, child support arrearages, and wage theft.


Anne Woods 
Director of Public Services/IOLTA Director
Kansas Bar Association/Kansas Bar Foundation
Direct: (785) 861-8838
Main: (785) 234-5696

About the Kansas Bar Foundation
For over 60 years, the Kansas Bar Foundation has funded opportunities for the citizens of Kansas for charitable and educational projects that foster the welfare, honor and integrity of the legal system by improving its accessibility, equality and uniformity, and by enhancing the public opinion of the role of lawyers in our society. Since 1984, with funding from Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts, the Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in grants to provide legal services to those who cannot afford them and for law related educational programs.



Robert R. Hiller Jr says...
Posted Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Outstanding news here....keep up the great work, everyone involved !! PS: Merry Christmas Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to one and all !