Bar Foundation History
The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation (KCMBF) was founded in 1979 and is the charitable arm of KCMBA. KCMBF is a 501(c)(3) organization for law-related education and public service projects.
KCMBF is supported solely by contributions. We welcome all levels of donation, whether it’s a one-time gift, a monthly donation or a commemorative gift. To make a donation, click here. For further help, call 816-474-4322 or email Mindy Eichelman at email@example.com.
To find out how to get involved in the Bar Foundation, click here.
A NEW DIRECTION FOR THE FOUNDATION
In 2012, the KCMBF formed its first-ever Strategic Planning Committee, chaired by Jack Campbell, to evaluate the structure and history of the Foundation and recommend a path to success for our future. Jack formed a committee of lawyers and jurists who embraced the mission of the committee passionately and recommended a Strategic Plan Framework. The Framework provides a structure to clarify and implement seven key strategic initiatives to strengthen our Foundation, create and consummate programs we will all be proud to support. The Framework, when fully developed, may re-define and restructure the organization, but will do so in a way that makes the Foundation a self-supporting, charitable organization, ready and able to carry out its mission for years to come. The persons who served on the Strategic Planning Committee are: James Bartimus, Scott S. Bethune, Koriambanya “Kori” S. Carew, Jack Campbell (Chair), Benjamin F. Mann, Hon. Cynthia L. Martin, Leah M. Mason, Hon. Ann Mesle, Allison Murdock, Nathan A. Orr, John W. Simpson, Patrick J. Stueve, Robert C. Welsh and James R. Wyrsch.
COMMITTEES OF THE FUTURE
The implementation committees (Committees of the Future) are fully formed and operating to meet the objectives of the Framework in a timely manner. For more information about the Committees of the Future and their work, click here.
From 2010 to 2013, KCMBF provided grants to support the local legal community. Recipient programs advanced KCMBF’s mission to create, support and fund public service programs that promote education and the ideals of justice in the Kansas City metropolitan community.
In 2013, the Foundation Grant process was suspended, pending recommendation of the Programs Committee for the future programming of KCMBF.
For further information about KCMBF, contact Vickie Schatz at 816-474-4322.