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:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Evansville, Inc. - $2,000.00
  • EBA Access to Justice Trivia Night to Benefit VLP and LAS - $1,000.00
  • Holly's House - $650.00
  • Vanderburgh County CASA - $2,000.00
  • Vanderburgh Law Library Foundation - William Miller Law Library - $3,500.00
  • Voices - $650.00
  • VLP - Talk to a Laywer - $3,400.00
  • YMCA of Southwestern IN, Inc. - $3,500.00
  • Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana, Inc. - Teen Court - $5,500.00


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 July for the following year. Emergency requests not to exceed $2500 may be submitted at any time. You can download the Special Funding Request here.