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

  • Access to Justice Trivia Night to Benefit VLP and LAS - $500.00
  • EBA Diversity Committee - $1,000.00.00
  • Evansville African American Museum - $5,000.00
  • Holly's House - $3,000.00
  • Indiana Legal Services - $3,000.00
  • Vanderburgh County CASA - $1,000.00
  • VLP Talk to a Lawyer — $3,446.92
  • Voices, Inc. - $700.00
  • William Miller Law Library - $2,500.00
  • Youth Resources Teen Court — $5,500.00

Programs Supported By the Evansville Bar Foundation

Since the Foundation began operation in 2001, the EBF has provided funds for many community activities

  • VLP—Talk to a Lawyer Program - is a program managed by the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana, and provides a monthly opportunity for the general public to talk directly to an Attorney. Approximately 800 callers are served by volunteer attorneys annually. Thank You
  • EBA Diversity Committee - provides stipends to employers to help defray employment costs for minority summer law clerks and/or interns and promotes outreach to minority students interested in a career in the law. Thank You
  • We the People Program of the EVSC - is a program for elementary and secondary schools in the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation where students are asked to demonstrate their knowledge of constitutional principles.
  • Evansville African American Museum - to underwrite a traveling exhibit on Brown vs. Board of Education called “In Pursuit of Freedom and Equality.”
  • Legal Aid Society of Evansville, Inc. - EBF funds help to provide home studies in adoptions and guardian ad litem reports in guardianships, investigative services, deaf and foreign language interpreters, and publication notices in the Evansville Courier and Press for divorces and adoptions.Thank YouMore about this grant.
  • Randall T. Shepard Academy - is a program of the EVSC. The mission is to prepare students for further studies in the areas of law, social justice, and American policy. Thank You
  • Vanderburgh County CASA, INC. - EBF funds helped to purchase a data entry system to help staff and volunteers advocating for the abused and neglected children in our community.
  • Holly's House, Inc. - Given for use in Forensic Interviewing Service for Victims of Child Abuse and Intimate Crimes. Holly's House exists to empower victims of intimate crimes by providing support, promoting justice, and preventing violence.
  • Indiana Legal Services, Inc. - EBF Funds support the partnership with Southwestern Behavioral Health and ECHO Community Health Care to address the health harming legal issues faced by mutal patient clients by direct legal representation and advice
  • Parenting Time Center- provides funding for Cooperative Parenting - Shielding Children from Conflict program. This program teaches separating parents how to cope with their issues while minimizing the negative impact on their children.
  • SWIRCA & More Boomer Camp - assists the establishment of the Boomer Boot Camp program. This is a series of bi-annual public seminars on: financial planning, health insurance education, legal queries and end of life planning
  • Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana, Inc. - This youth based organization dedicated to service in the community received funds for the Vanderburgh County Teen Court which Youth Resources operates.

Grant Applications

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.