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In 1999, the Evansville Bar Foundation was formed by a generous donation by Evelyn Sanders, the widow of John L. Sanders, a well‑respected Evansville attorney. John Sanders' love of the law, exemplified by his 75 years in the practice, serves as a strong guideline for the Foundation's Statement of Purpose:

"Promoting Justice and
Improving Lives Through the Law."

The Evansville Bar Foundation has four fields of primary interest:
  • Encouraging and supporting programs designed to promote a public understanding and awareness of the law.
  • Supporting an improved delivery of legal services to the community as a whole, as well as the indigent and our most vulnerable citizens.
  • Promoting activities to enhance the performance of the practicing lawyers' professional qualifications and ethical responsibilities.
  • Advancing and promoting the administration of justice.


The Evansville Bar Foundation announced that grants have been made to the following organizations and programs:

  • CASA — $1500.00
  • EBA Diversity Recruitment — $3000.00
  • EBA Diversity Outreach — $1400.00
  • Guardianship Services of SW IN, Inc. -- $2000.00
  • VLP Talk to a Lawyer — $2080.00
  • VLP - Access to Justice — $500.00
  • Youth Resources - Teen Court --- $3000.00
  • Trivia Night — $500.00
  • WEOA - African Amercian History --- $499.00
  • Evans School - $50.00

Since the Foundation began operation in 2001, the EBF has provided funds for many community activities:
  • VLP-Talk to a Lawyer Program — is a program managed by the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana, and provides a monthly opportunity for the general public to talk directly to an Attorney. Approximately 800 callers are served by volunteer attorneys annually. Thank You
  • EBA Diversity Committee — provides stipends to employers to help defray employment costs for minority summer law clerks and/or interns and promotes outreach to minority students interested in a career in the law. Thank You
  • Legal Secretaries of Southwestern Indiana Scholarship Matching Money — Given to promote the development and education of legal support staff. Thank You
  • We the People Program of the EVSC — is a program for elementary and secondary schools in the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation where students are asked to demonstrate their knowledge of constitutional principles.
  • Evansville African American Museum — to underwrite a traveling exhibit on Brown vs. Board of Education called “In Pursuit of Freedom and Equality.”
  • Legal Aid Society of Evansville, Inc. — EBF funds help to provide home studies in adoptions and guardian ad litem reports in guardianships, investigative services, deaf and foreign language interpreters, and publication notices in the Evansville Courier and Press for divorces and adoptions. Thank You, More about this grant.
  • Randall T. Shepard Academy is a program of the EVSC. The mission is to prepare students for further studies in the areas of law, social justice, and American policy. Thank You
  • Vanderburgh County CASA, INC. --- EBF funds helped to purchase a data entry system to help staff and volunteers advocating for the abused and neglected children in our community.

If you are interested in further information on applying for funding from the Evansville Bar Foundation, you may download the Grant Policy and Cover Page. Grants should be submitted in September for the following year. Emergency requests not to exceed $2500 may be submitted at any time.