Who We Are

The Story of the OSBF


The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) is a 501(c)(3) grantmaking organization. It’s the largest Bar Foundation in the United States and gives grants and supports programs that address specific legal needs, honors the accomplishments of the legal community, and has built an army of attorneys across the state who support and fight for the OSBF’s mission.

As the charitable arm of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), the OSBF works with the Association’s member attorneys, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and other Ohioans to advance the state’s laws to build a better justice system. The Foundation is the oldest of the Association’s affiliates, first organized to conduct legal research and then later utilized to raise funds to build the Ohio Legal Center building.

Now, the OSBF focuses exclusively on grantmaking, a Fellows Program, and an Awards Program. Each year, the OSBF awards more than $750,000 to Ohio nonprofits, who support our mission and work with the legal system and their communities. We are able to do this, in part, thanks to our Fellows, who are member attorneys of the Foundation. They represent an elite group of Ohio lawyers who give their time, talent, and treasure so that we can give more and do more. And we don’t let the good deeds of Ohio attorneys or organizations go unnoticed. Every year, we honor excellence through our well-known Awards Program, celebrating people and organizations who work tirelessly and show endless dedication to the law, to our communities, and to our entire state.