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Who We Are

As the largest Bar Foundation in the United States, the OSBF gives grants and supports programs that address specific shortcomings in our legal system, honors the accomplishments of attorneys who give back to their communities, and brings together attorneys across the state who support the OSBF’s mission.


We believe attorneys are uniquely poised to assist Ohioans with unmet legal needs.


We believe our democracy works better when people understand the law.


We believe everyone deserves fair and equal access to justice.

Fast Facts

$15 Million

Granted Since 1992


Granted in 2022


Grants Given in 2022


OSBF Fellows


We are proud to support organizations that promote the pursuit of justice and public understanding of the rule of law.

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Grantee Spotlight

Learn more about the Center for Holocaust and Humanity in Cincinnati. The Center for Holocaust and Humanity was awarded $10,000 through the OSBF's Racial Justice Initiative for their Case Study for Law Enforcement: Building Community Through the Lessons of the Holocaust project. Using the history of the Holocaust and Nazification of law enforcement as a case study, law enforcement professionals came together to explore the topic of groupthink, analyze the role of law enforcement in history and its importance in modern-day community building and policing practices, and examine their own conscious and implicit biases.

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Putting Donations to Work

Grant Funding

As a charitable grantmaking organization, the OSBF awards grants to Ohio nonprofits addressing specific, unmet legal needs in our communities. Since 1992, the Foundation has awarded more than $15 million to law-related philanthropic organizations and projects across Ohio. Over time, grants have supported the creation of legal materials, new websites, campaigns, clinics, conferences, trainings, presentations, and more. Visit the Grantee Hub to learn more.

Grantee Hub


October 13, 2023

2023 All Rise Annual Awards Celebration: Art of Giving

Join us in recognizing the achievements of several worthy, dedicated members of the legal community working to create a better justice system and educate Ohioans on the rule of law at this year's All Rise Annual Awards taking place at the Columbus Museum of Art.

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October 13, 2023

2023 OSBF Annual Meeting of the Fellows

The 2023 Annual Meeting of the Fellows will take place directly before the All Rise Annual Awards Celebration. Fellows are encouraged to join us as we elect new Trustees and hear a report on the work of the Foundation.


September 21, 2023

Ohio State Bar Foundation Announces 2023 Statewide Award Winners

We are pleased to announce this year’s statewide honorees recognized for leadership in their communities through volunteer service! Members of the public are invited to join the celebration on 10/13. To register, visit

August 28, 2023

Intern Spotlight: Reid Luffler

Meet our 2023 Summer Intern Reid Luffler, a senior at St Charles Preparatory School.

July 18, 2023

2022 OSBF Gratitude Report Available Now

Learn more about how we serve our communities and make a positive impact on the lives of Ohioans in our 2022 OSBF Gratitude Report.

July 7, 2023

Ohio State Bar Foundation Awards Over $400,00 Through Its Spring Grant Cycle

The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) Board of Trustees recently approved $415,500 in grants to 10 Ohio nonprofit organizations through its Spring Grant Cycle.

July 7, 2023

Ohio State Bar Foundation's 2nd Annual Bid for Justice Live Now!

The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF)'s 2nd annual Bid for Justice online auction is live now.