Your Donation, Your Choice

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Donate Online

Giving online offers the most immediate way to give.


Donate by Phone

Call 614.487.4444 and a Foundation staff member will process your credit card gift and answer any questions you may have.

Donate by Mail

Send your check or credit card donation to:

Ohio State Bar Foundation
PO Box 16562
1700 Lake Shore Drive
Columbus, OH 43216-6562.

Please include the individual’s name and address for honorary gifts, or the family's name and address for memorial donations.

Types of Gifts

We know donating is a personal decision, which is why gift-giving must make sense for you. We realize that gifts come in all shapes and sizes. For your convenience, we accept the following types of gifts:

  • Planned Giving
    To start a conversation about a gift in your will or trust, contact Lori Keating at 614.487.4443 or [email protected]
  • Cash (includes: checks, credit cards and Certificate of Deposits)
  • Certain retirement assets
  • Closely held stock (non-publicly traded securities)
  • IRA Charitable Rollover
  • Life Insurance policies
  • Marketable securities (includes: stocks, bonds, U.S. government securities)
  • Memorial and Tribute gifts
  • Real estate
  • Sponsorships

If you are donating a security, please contact Lori Keating at 614.487.4443 or [email protected] to request the stock transfer donation form used for electronic delivery through the Depository Trust Company (DTC) system.

IRA Charitable Rollover Information

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed the PATH Act 318 - 109 making the IRA Charitable Rollover a permanent incentive for charitable giving in the federal tax code. Previously, the provision was up for re-authorization every two years as part of the Pension Protection Act of 2006. 

The IRA charitable rollover legislation allows you to transfer lifetime gifts up to $100,000 from your individual retirement account (IRA) without undesirable tax effects.

You may contribute funds from your IRA if:

  • You are age 72 or older at the time of the gift.
  • You transfer funds directly from your IRA. This opportunity applies to IRAs and not other types of retirement plans.
  • You transfer funds outright to OSBF or other qualified charities. The legislation does not permit transfers to charitable trusts, donor advised funds or charitable gift annuities.


Shop for a Cause

Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to Ohio State Bar Foundation

A simple way to support the Ohio State Bar Foundation every time you shop at no cost to you.

  • Shop for the same Amazon products you normally purchase, but use the AmazonSmile website.
  • .5% of your total purchase will be donated to the Ohio State Bar Foundation from the Amazon Foundation – at no cost to you.
  • This works very much like a matching gift – you buy something, Amazon Foundation donates to the Ohio State Bar Foundation. It sounds simple, because it is simple. Thank you for shopping for a cause.  


We believe in donor-centric fundraising – you have the choice of where you wish to designate your donation. We know the more you understand about our grantmaking, the easier it will be for you to connect with our work.

Unrestricted Fund

Our most popular fund, here’s where you can do the most good – our general grantmaking fund – by collecting resources into one general fund, together, we can make transformational grant awards to allow organizations to do the kind of law-related philanthropy we can all be proud of. What’s amazing about this fund…100% of donations made to this fund will be awarded to grant-seeking organizations.

Named Funds

Read more about our named funds – designed to address specific initiatives or programs with a narrower focus than the Unrestricted Fund.

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. 

Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Legacy Fund

Established in 2010 by the Foundation Board of Trustees to honor the late Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer through two statewide initiatives:

  • The Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Fellowship Program. Awarded annually to a law student enrolled in one of Ohio's nine law schools this rotating fellowship award supports statewide legal education initiatives and programs for exceptional law students to instill in them the concepts of ethics, integrity and civility that Chief Justice Moyer personified. 
  • Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Professorship for the Administration of Justice and Rule of Law.  This endowed professorship at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law honors and purports Chief Justice Moyer’s legacy of integrity and professionalism, deepening the impact of these qualities on the lives of countless students and on the law itself.

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 the further the educational purposes of the Foundation and public understanding of the law in the state of Ohio.

Friends and Neighbors Endowment (FANE) 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.  

  • Proceeds from this restricted fund support Foundation programs.

Law & Leadership Fund

Established in 2009 by the Foundation Board of Trustees to support the Law & Leadership Institute (LLI).

  • This restricted fund supports LLI’s commitment to strengthening the academic and leadership skills of Ohio high school students from under-served schools to improve college graduation rates and ultimately, establish a “pipeline” of students with the ability and the desire to diversify the legal profession.
  • LLI leverages the expertise, resources and collaborative efforts of Ohio attorneys, law schools, and law firms, bar associations, public school districts and private corporations to the benefit of more than 300 high school students in Ohio each year.

Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program Fund

The Ohio Lawyer’s Assistance Program Fund was approved in 2013 by the Ohio State Bar Foundation Trustees.

  • The Lawyer’s Assistance Program (OLAP) is dedicated to helping Ohio lawyers, judges, and law students obtain treatment for substance abuse, chemical dependency, other addictions and mental health issues.
  • The fund provides financial assistance to OLAP clients who lack the resources to pay for necessary treatment.

William K. Weisenberg Fund for Civics Education

The William K. Weisenberg Fund for Civics Education was established in 2013 by the Foundation Board of Trustees to recognize 35 years of service at OSBA by Mr. Weisenberg.

  • This Fund will provide financial assistance to promote civics education initiative that prepare school age children and young adults to better understand our constitutional democracy and provide them with the knowledge and tools they need to be better, more informed citizens.