EIN 52-1109547

District of Columbia Bar Foundation (DCBF)

IRS 501(c) type
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The Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was established in 1977 to provide a vehicle for lawyers and law firms to contribute to legal services organizations in the District of Columbia.
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Program areas at DCBF

Access to justice grants -in 2007, The dc Bar Foundation (DCBF) began awarding grants under The access to justice (atj) when The dc council designated DCBF as The administrator. Atj supports legal assistance in three areas: (a) underserved areas, (b) housing-related matters, and (c) a shared legal services interpreter bank. Since 2007, The Foundation has administered $96.9 million in atj funding to provide critical legal assistance to underserved dc residents with low incomes. In 2020, The dc Bar Foundation launched an effort to establish a user-centered coordinated intake and referral system that will make it easier for dc residents to get free civil legal aid assistance. When fully launched, a District resident will be able to call a dedicated line or submit a form via a website to get help on legal matters related to housing, employment, public benefits, family law, and other critical areas.in 2021, DCBF launched The dc social justice transformations network with The goal of building an anti-racist and anti-poverty civil legal aid system that is centered around The needs of District residents and focused on their well-being. The network convenes quarterly, with a diverse membership that spans well beyond legal aid and includes stakeholders from health and social services organizations, government, philanthropy, media, The arts, academia, and The business community.
The dc Bar Foundation's private grants program began in 1978 when The dc Bar Foundation was founded and provided critical operating support to dc legal aid providers. These private grants provide unrestricted funds to help cover projects and overhead costs, not always covered by other grants these organizations receive. These grants are funded by private contributions, gifts from other foundations and organizations, and revenue received through The interest on lawyers trust accounts (iolta) program, a program created by The District of Columbia court of appeals in 1985. DCBF provides loan repayment assistance to qualified attorneys working for eligible employers in civil legal aid under its private lrap.
Civil legal counsel projects program grants -The council of The District of Columbia established The civil legal counsel projects program (clcpp) through The expanding access to justice amendment act of 2017, which designates The dc Bar Foundation as administrator. Clcpp supports legal aid organizations providing representation in eviction defense proceedings for District residents with low income. The dc Bar Foundation has administered $46.5 million in clcpp funding since The program's inception.

Grants made by DCBF

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Legal Aid Society of the District of ColumbiaFy23 Atj Grants$2,425,446
DC Law Students in Court The organization changed its name to Rising for Justice during FY19Fy23 CLCPP Grants$2,273,671
Legal Aid Society of the District of ColumbiaFy23 CLCPP Grants$2,254,803
...and 62 more grants made totalling $26,230,523

Who funds District of Columbia Bar Foundation (DCBF)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Greater Washington Community FoundationGeneral Support$20,000
Venable FoundationGeneral Operating Support$15,000
Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund (GSPF)Community & Human Services$10,000
...and 3 more grants received

Personnel at DCBF

Kirra JarrattChief Executive Director$224,328
Jesse Daryl BylerDirector of Development$110,474
Kelly Veney DarnellPresident$0
Benjamin F WilsonSecretary$0
John P RelmanVice President$0
...and 5 more key personnel

Financials for DCBF

RevenuesFYE 09/2023
Total grants, contributions, etc.$37,009,746
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$5,165
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$37,014,911

Form 990s for DCBF

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-092023-06-28990View PDF
2021-092022-08-15990View PDF
2020-092021-08-04990View PDF
2019-092021-01-21990View PDF
2018-092019-09-14990View PDF
...and 8 more Form 990s
Data update history
April 20, 2024
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
January 3, 2024
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $15,000 from Venable Foundation
August 23, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
August 19, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 4 new personnel
August 19, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
Nonprofit Types
Grantmaking organizationsCrime and legal aid organizationsLegal service nonprofitsCharities
Human servicesCrime and lawLegal services
Provides grantsFundraising eventsState / local levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringTax deductible donations
General information
200 Massachusetts Ave NW 700
Washington, DC 20001
Metro area
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
District of Columbia, DC
Website URL
(202) 467-3750
Facebook page
Twitter profile
IRS details
Fiscal year end
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
I80: Legal Services
NAICS code, primary
813211: Grantmaking Foundations
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