Named Funds

The legal system is complex. Ensuring important programs flourish is a passion for some of our donors. Creating a specific fund channels the resources to help continue these important initiatives. The Foundation has established the following named funds:

Access to Justice Fund (The Justice Fund)

  • Established by the OSBF Board of Trustees in September 2015 to address issues highlighted by to the Ohio Supreme Court Task Force on Access to Justice and the final report from the OSBA’s Access to Justice Summit.
  • The goal of the Justice Fund is to provide support and grant funding for projects and activities that further the charitable and educational purposes of the Foundation, including, but not limited to: research, educational programming, convening constituents, pilot programming and consultants for projects and programs that will enhance the pursuit of justice. 

Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program Fund

  • Ohio Lawyer Assistance Program, Inc. (OLAP) is dedicated to helping Ohio lawyers, judges and law students obtain treatment for substance abuse , chemical dependency (alcoholism/drug addiction), other addictions (gambling, food, etc.), and mental health issues. These are treatable illnesses, not willpower or moral issues.  The only stigma attached to these illnesses is an individual failure to seek help.

  •  OLAP established the fund in 2013 to provide financial assistance in support of special projects and services of the organization

William K. Weisenberg Fund for Civic Education

  • The William K. Weisenberg Fund for Civic Education was established in 2013 to honor Bill’s thirty-five year career of service to the legal community.

  • The goal of this fund is to provide financial assistance to promote civics education initiatives that prepare school-age children and young adults to better understand our constitutional democracy and to provide them with the knowledge and tools they need to be better, more informed citizens.

Denny L. Ramey Education Fund

  •  The Denny L. Ramey Education Fund was established in 2012 by the Foundation Board of Trustees to recognize 26 years of service to OSBF by Mr. Ramey as its Treasurer and his unwavering support of the Foundation.
  • The goal of this fund is to support educational projects in the Appalachian region of Ohio that further the educational purposes of the Foundation and public understanding of the law in the state of Ohio.

Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Legacy Fund  

  • The Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Legacy Fund was established in 2010 by the Foundation Board of Trustees to recognize the impact the late Chief Justice Moyer had on Ohio’s justice system.

  • The goal of this fund is to support efforts that were important to Chief Justice Moyer including the administration of justice and public understanding of the law in the state of Ohio.

  • It is supported by contributions by any individual or organization; often in honor of recipients of the OSBA’s Thomas J. Moyer Award for Judicial Excellence.

  • Link here to review the case of support.

Law & Leadership Fund

  • The Law & Leadership Fund was established in 2009 by the Foundation Board of Trustees to support the Law & Leadership Institute.

  • The goal of the Law & Leadership Institute is to establish and sustain a “pipeline” into the legal profession for disadvantaged students from underserved schools into the legal profession.

  • The Law & Leadership Institute was developed and promoted in partnership with the Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio's metropolitan bar associations, the law schools in Ohio, the Supreme Court of Ohio, the League of Women Voters, and others.

  • This fund encourages involvement by Fellows, private citizens, law firms, and businesses.

  • This restricted fund supports the Law & Leadership Institute, LLC.

Friends And Neighbors Endowment Fund

  • The FANE Fund was established in 2005 by the family of Linda Thompson Kohli in recognition of her 10 years as Executive Director of the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

  • Contributions by Fellow and Life Fellows are welcome.

  • This fund also encourages involvement by non-lawyers, law firms, businesses and others who are not eligible to become Foundation Fellows.

  • Proceeds from this restricted fund support Foundation programs.

Gifts of all sizes are welcome. If you would like to discuss a particular fund, please contact us at 614-487-4477 or email us at osbf@osbf.net.

Gifts should be made payable to “Ohio State Bar Foundation” and sent to, Ohio State Bar Foundation, P.O. Box 16562, Columbus, Ohio 43216-6562. The Ohio State Bar Foundation is a qualified charitable organization under section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.