State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia

The Georgia Bar Foundation was created for charitable, religious and educational purposes in 1967. It is a 501(c)(3) organization named by the Supreme Court of Georgia in 1983 to receive IOLTA funds to support legal services for the poor, to improve the administration of justice, to promote professionalism in law practice in order best to serve the public, to aid children involved in the justice system, and to advance the legal system through historical study. The Foundation has a 19-member Board of Trustees, 16 of whom are appointed directly by the Supreme Court of Georgia and three of whom are members by virtue of being officers of the State Bar of Georgia.

Bar Foundation Staff

Rachel Barnhard
Executive Director

Lisa Smith
Operations Director (IOLTA Coordinator)

Carrie Raynor
Finance Director

Grant Application

The application for the 2024-2025 Georgia Bar Foundation Grant cycle is NOW OPEN. Carefully read the information below:

  • Completed applications and all associated documents must be received by the Georgia Bar Foundation by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.
    • Save a copy of the application to your computer and open with Adobe Acrobat Reader or Acrobat Pro. Other PDF reader applications will not work properly with this form.
  • Application GUIDE
    • Please use this guide when completing your application.
  • More information about Georgia Bar Foundation Grants can be found here.

Notice Regarding Amendments to Georgia Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15

The Supreme Court of Georgia, having considered a Motion to Amend the Rules and Regulations for the Organization and Government of the State Bar of Georgia, has ordered that Rule 1.15 (I). Safekeeping Property-General; Rule 1.15 (II). Safekeeping Property-Trust Account and IOLTA; and Rule 1.15 (III). Record Keeping; Trust Account Overdraft Notification; Examination of Records, be amended and that new Part XV regarding the Georgia Bar Foundation be approved. These amendments are effective Jan. 1, 2016. Click here to access a copy of the Supreme Court's order. In accordance with Rule 15-103 (b), the benchmark interest rate or index for consideration of financial institutions offering IOLTA accounts is 65 percent of the Federal Funds target rate.

All questions regarding this matter should be directed to:
Rachel Barnhard, Executive Director
Georgia Bar Foundation

The Fellows Program of the Georgia Bar Foundation

Well before the Great Recession, before the Bar Center building, before the Interest On Lawyer Trust Accounts program, a group of dedicated Bar leaders came together to create the Fellows Program. Its purpose was twofold: first, to recognize lawyers who have given back significantly to the legal profession and to their communities, and, second, to assist charitable, law-related organizations throughout the state. For a list of current Georgia Bar Foundation Fellows sorted in the first list by name and in the second list by city, click here.

Additional Information

Georgia Bar Foundation Notice to Financial Institution Form - PDF Version