Foundation surpasses $500 million in lifetime grant funding

Foundation surpasses $500 million in lifetime grant funding

Foundation surpasses $500 million in lifetime grant funding 2000 1125 csr_lgles

The Florida Bar Foundation has surpassed $500 million in lifetime grant funding. With its board’s approval on Sept. 13 of $3.3 million to provide nine grants though its Engle Grant program, the Foundation has given more than half a billion dollars in grants since 1982.

Last year, the Foundation distributed $10.8 million in grants to more than 40 legal aid organizations in Florida, including Innocence Project of Florida, Florida Legal Services and IDignity. More than 80,000 legal aid cases were handled by Foundation grantees in 2018. A 2016 study found that civil legal assistance generates $7.19 of economic impact for every dollar spent on legal aid.

Through the Foundation’s funding, hundreds of thousands of low-income children and adults, veterans, disaster survivors and elderly and disabled Floridians have gained access to civil legal aid to assist them with issues ranging from bankruptcy and evictions to domestic violence injunctions and denial of health care benefits.

The Engle Grant program is an example of an innovative funding source for the Foundation, whose revenue from Florida’s IOTA Program has decreased dramatically since 2007. As a result of sanctions in a federal court case, a four-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida entrusted the Foundation with the money to increase representation in courts through grants to legal aid organizations.

Foundation President Hala A. Sandridge, a co-managing shareholder of the Tampa office of Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney, announced the milestone Sept. 13 at the Foundation’s quarterly board of directors meeting.

This article is the intellectual property of  The Florida Bar Foundation  ( and LegalEase is making it available on this site purely as part of our efforts to advance awareness about pro bono activities. LegalEase does not profit from sharing this content and is open to removing the content upon request by its copyright owners.