Gift jumpstarts Indiana Bar Foundation’s 2017 campaign

May 18, 2017

The largest Keystone Society donation ever made will again enable the Indiana Bar Foundation to provide a partial match to donations as part of the 2017 Keystone Society campaign.

Foundation President Kenneth Allen has pledged to give a gift of $26,000 to the organization. These funds will be used to match unrestricted donations made to the bar foundation to help individual donors reach the $1,000 level and be recognized as a member of the Keystone Society.   

The foundation plans to use the Allen gift as part of a three-to-one match. For persons who contribute $750, the donation from Allen will kick in $250 and allow the donors to join the Keystone Society.

“I deeply value the Foundation’s educational and legal mission,” said Allen, principal of the Kenneth J. Allen Law Group LLC. “The Foundation is the largest source of non-governmental support for civil legal aid in our state. Supporting this critical mission is the right thing to do, especially now given imminent federal budget cuts.”

The bar foundation started the Keystone Society last year as a way to raise dollars that are not restricted to any specific initiative and instead can be used to support all facets of the legal aid and civic education programs.

“It has really worked well,” said Charles Dunlap, IBF executive director, said of the Keystone campaign. “Having unrestricted gifts are so much more powerful to support the mission.”

The Keystone Society launched with the help of a $25,000 gift from Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner Timothy Abeska. His gift was used to offer a one-to-one match and is credited with boosting the contribution total to $100,000.

This year, the bar foundation decided to decrease the match amount in order to get donors comfortable with eventually having to make the full $1,000 gift themselves to become a member of the Keystone Society.


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