Greater Richmond Bar Foundation
P.O. Box 3954
Richmond VA 23235
Mission Statement Expanding public access to the justice system in Central Virginia by facilitating the delivery of pro bono legal services and service projects.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Alexandra S. Fannon
Board Chair Tyler P. Brown
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hunton & Williams
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 3954
Richmond, VA 23235
Telephone 804 780-2600
Fax 804 648-7118
E-mail contact@grbf.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1978
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $217,300.00
Projected Expenses $243,891.00
Statements
Mission Expanding public access to the justice system in Central Virginia by facilitating the delivery of pro bono legal services and service projects.
Impact

The Pro Bono Clearinghouse program matches nonprofit organizations with volunteer attorneys to help them with business, personnel, real estate and other legal needs.  Through the hard work of many volunteers, the Pro Bono Clearinghouse program successfully handled 71 matters during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Since the program’s 2001 inception, our volunteers have handled 977 cases from more than 570 different nonprofit organizations, for a combined estimate value of over $2.5 million in legal services for free. 

In 2015-2016, we continued to partner with the Virginia Bar Association to handle the case placement process for the VBA's Veterans Initiative, matching active duty service members,Veterans , and their families needing legal assistance with attorneys willing to assist for free.  In 2015, we also launched our own Veterans Task Force to further improve our capacity for providing assistance. 

Our collaboration with Capital One, Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Legal Aid Justice Center and Firms In Service - Richmond, resulted in the creation of JusticeServer, a secure on-line case management system built on the Salesforce platform.  JusticeServer upgrades legal aid’s technology in-house while allowing pro bono attorney volunteers the ability to access pro bono cases from any internet connection. Since the launch in 2012, seven offices of legal aid in central Virginia have used this system to increase case handling efficiency internally and expand capacity by creating a virtual law firm from willing private attorney volunteers. Over 1700 individuals, families, Veterans and nonprofits have received free legal assistance from this volunteer matching process.  This project was made possible by generous grants from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, The Community Foundation, the Virginia Law Foundation, Capital One, Dominion Resources, plus, generous donations from the following law firms: Hunton & Williams, LeClairRyan, McGuireWoods, Murphy McGonigle, Spotts Fain, Thompson McMullan, Troutman Sanders and Williams Mullen.

Our goals for 2015 include:

 

  1. Reach out to additional nonprofit organizations in the area to promote the Pro Bono Clearinghouse program and increase by 10% the number of matches made between nonprofit organizations and volunteer attorney.
  2. Expand JusticeServer participation in the private attorney sector by 100%.
  3. Build on the pilot success of JusticeServer to expand other parts of the Commonwealth.
  4. Continue to Identify additional legal needs in the community and develop programs and funding to meet those needs.

Needs Operating expenses of approximately $20,000 annually for the Pro Bono Clearinghouse program.Attorney volunteers for the Pro Bono Clearinghouse and other legal aid programs. Funding to support existing law-related programs and to develop new programs to meet identified needs in the community.
Background The Richmond Bar Foundation was founded in 1978 as a nonprofit, tax exempt charitable organization created and maintained to support law-related charitable projects and activities of the Richmond Bar Association.  In 2001, the Richmond Bar Foundation voted to change its name to the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation and include representatives from other area bar associations and expand its pro bono and other activities to the entire Richmond metropolitan area.
 
The signature program of the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation is the Pro Bono Clearinghouse program which was founded in 2001 and provides pro bono legal services to nonprofit corporations that cannot afford legal counsel.
 
The Foundation is also active in identifying other pro bono needs in the community and providing funding and assistance in developing programs to meet those needs.
CEO Statement There are in excess of 2,000 nonprofit organizations in the Richmond Metropolitan area who face many of the same complex issues as for-profit entities but may be unable to retain legal counsel. There are a number of local attorneys who are anxious to serve their community and are seeking pro bono opportunities. These attorneys practice in such areas as taxation, employment, real estate and corporate matters and are well suited to the needs of the nonprofits.

The Pro Bono Clearinghouse was established in 2001 to meet this unmet need and was the only program of its kind in the state. The program has been duplicated in northern Virginia and there are plans to identify other areas in the state in which to establish programs modeled on the Clearinghouse.

Over 800 matches of nonprofit organizations with volunteer attorneys have been facilitated since program inception at a value of over $2 million. Nonprofits using the services of the Pro Bono Clearinghouse program are able to redirect funds they might have spent on legal fees to fulfilling their mission.

Although the Clearinghouse is the signature program of the Foundation, our board is actively investigating unmet legal needs in the community and developing programs to meet those needs.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Metro Richmond
The Foundation serves the Richmond Virginia metropolitan area. We collaborate with a number of local bar associations to meet the legal needs in the surrounding counties.
Board Chair
Board Chair Tyler P. Brown
Company Affiliation Hunton & Williams
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Email tpbrown@hunton.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Tyler P. Brown Hunton & Williams
L. Lee Byrd Sands Anderson, P.C.
Cyril F. Coombs Dominion Resources
Annette Cousins The Community Foundation
Karl A. Doss Virginia State Bar
Melanie A. Friend Cowan Gates
Christopher Gatewood Threshold Counsel
Michael P. Goldman Hunton & Williams
M. Elizabeth Griffin Office of the Attorney General
Leslie A.T. Haley Virginia State Bar
Hon. Catherine C. Hammond Juridical Solutions
Brian K. Jackson Hirschler Fleischer
Neil S. Kessler Troutman Sanders LLP
Michael E. Klein Altria
Brian R. Marron Spotts Fain, P.C.
Scott C. Oostdyk McGuireWoods LLP
Stephen D. Otero Capital One
W. Benjamin Pace Williams Mullen
Heather G. Williams Protiviti
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Nominating
Program / Program Planning
Board Governance
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
David B. Beach Law Office of David B. Beach
Craig S. Cooley Law Office of Craig S. Cooley
Richard Cullen McGuireWoods
Robert J. Grey Hunton & Williams
Michael N. Herring Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney
George H. Hettrick Hunton & Williams
Gary D. LeClair LeClair Ryan
James W. Morris IIIMorris & Morris
Wendy Perdue University of Richmond School of Law
James C. Roberts Troutman Sanders
Alexander H. Slaughter McGuireWoods
Michael W. Smith Christian & Barton
Anne Marie Whittemore McGuireWoods
Charles F. Witthoefft Hirschler Fleischer
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Alexandra S. Fannon
Experience Ali Fannon joined the Foundation in July 2010 as Director, Programs & Development and was recently made Executive Director. She is an attorney with a public service background, including former Local Government Attorney Pro Bono Chair, past Board Chair of CARITAS and past President of the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association.

Ali graduated from Georgetown University and received her J.D. from William & Mary's Marshall Wythe School of Law in 1995.
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ms. Alison Roussy Director of Administration
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 350
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Mar 2011
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Award of MeritConference of Local Bar Associations2002
Programs
Description The Pro Bono Clearinghouse links nonprofit organizations needing legal assistance with volunteer attorneys. 
Population Served Other Named Groups
Budget $20,000.00
Long Term Success The Foundation has been more aggressively marketing the Pro Bono Clearinghouse program, which matches nonprofit organizations needing legal assistance with volunteer attorneys. We have had a 50% increase in the number of matches made during 2007. The Pro Bono Clearinghouse assisted nonprofits 84 times at a value of more than $200,000.
Description JusticeServer, a new online case management system that expedites pro bono service by leveraging the latest technology to enable attorneys to contribute pro bono files right from their own computer. JusticeServer maximizes the time volunteer attorneys spend counseling clients in need by reducing the transaction time of receiving cases and projects.
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Budget $120,000.00
Long Term Success
Pilot program began in January 2012 with limited participation and is expected to be fully operational in the Richmond metropolitan area in Summer 2012.  Program success will be evaluated at year-end.
Description An initiative that invites law firms and corporate workplaces to commit a certain percentage of professional time to pro bono service through a supportive workplace culture and policy changes.
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Description In 2014, GRBF launched a pilot partnership with the Virginia Bar Association to handle the case placement process for the Veterans Initiative Task Force. Through an on-line intake, the VITF screens requests for eligibility for pro bono service referral.
Budget $20,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments The Pro Bono Clearinghouse which was launched in 2001 has facilitated 850 matches since it's inception.  The program has approximately 350 attorneys who handle requests from local nonprofits.  Types of issues handled by the Clearinghouse are revision of corporate documents, real estate transctions, employment questions, applying for trademarks, and policy review. The current challenge for the Pro Bono Clearinghouse Program is to increase awareness in the nonprofit community of the availability of free legal services available to them.
 
At the Virginia Supreme Court Pro Bono Summit on April 27, 2010, Capital One committed to convene a task force to work on ways to use technology to improve the efficiency of Legal Aid case administration and the ease of placing Legal Aid cases with pro bono lawyers. Participants in the task force were drawn from Capital One, the Virginia Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee,the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation, Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc., Legal Aid Justice Center and Firms in Service – Richmond.

After a year of effort, the task force is deploying JusticeServer, a new online case management system that expedites pro bono service by leveraging the latest technology to enable attorneys to contribute pro bono files right from their own computer. JusticeServer maximizes the time volunteer attorneys spend counseling clients in need by reducing the transaction time of receiving cases and projects.  JusticeServer has been prototyped by a group of law firms beginning January 2012. These include Hunton & Williams, LeClairRyan, McGuireWoods, Sands Anderson, Spotts Fain, Thompson McMullan, Troutman Sanders, Williams Mullen, Hirschler Fleischer and Goodman Allen & Filetti.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $217,300.00
Projected Expenses $243,891.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$166,460$69,744$143,814
Administration Expense$1,559$9,705$12,633
Fundraising Expense$0$0$6,016
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.900.891.42
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%88%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$165,277$181,941$191,068
Current Assets$165,277$181,941$191,068
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$2,316$2,316$2,512
Total Net Assets$162,961$179,625$188,556
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities71.3678.5676.06
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose State wide rollout of Justice Server Program
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 07/16View
Solicitations Registration ExtensionView
Comments
Organization Comments Our current policy is to have financial records audited every two years. The last three audits have been performed by Gwendolyn Faush, CPA.
Foundation Comments
  • 2015 Financial report is for 6 months (January - June).  
  • Organization changed their fiscal year in 2015.