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The Boulder County Bar Foundation was organized as a 501(c)(3) organization to raise donations from members of the Boulder County Bar Association, invest the donations in an endowment fund that will grow in principal and distribute proceeds from the endowment fund to legally-related 501(c)(3) organizations in Boulder County, Colorado.


The Foundation supports a variety of legally-related organizations and projects in Boulder County through annual grants from its endowment fund. The Foundation made grants totaling $20,500 during 2019 to the following recipients:

Boulder County Legal Services

All Boulder County High School Teams Participating in Boulder High Mock Trial Program (Boulder, Erie, Fairview, Justice, Monarch, New Vista, Niwot, Peak to Peak)

Boulder IDC

Bridge to Justice

Children First of the Rockies

Immigrant Legal Center of Boulder County

J-SUP: Boulder Law Center for the Unhoused

Safe Shelter of St. Vrain

Safehouse Progressive Alliance For Non-Violence


If your organization is interested in being considering for a grant from the Foundation, please contact Laura Ruth. Applications from the Foundations are typically considered by the Board of Trustees in October of each year.

Please find the Foundation grant application form here.


The Boulder County Bar Foundation is supported by its Fellows. All Members of the Boulder County Bar Association are encouraged to become Fellows of the Foundation.

The Foundation is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees, who are elected by the Foundation's Fellows and serve a three-year term and an Executive Director, who is elected by the Board of Trustees. Laura Ruth is the current Executive Director of the Foundation. The Board of Trustees beginning July 1, 2019 are as follows:

  • Maureen Eldredge, President
  • Tucker Katz, Vice President/Secretary
  • Stephanie Brennan, Treasurer
  • Brad Hall
  • Jessica Catlin
  • Keith Olivia
  • Denean Hill
  • Keith Collins


Current members of the Boulder County Bar Association are encouraged to become Fellows of the Boulder County Bar Foundation by completing a Fellow application and pledging to make donations to the Foundation over a ten year period. Each new Fellow pledges to contribute a minimum of $150 annually for ten years. New Fellows are honored at the March annual dinner of the Foundation.

Fellows who have completed the ten-year commitment of $1,500 become Life Fellows of the Foundation. Life Fellows who continue to supply the Foundation beyond their initial commitment are recognized as Sustaining Life Fellows. Life Fellows donate $2,500 to $5,000 will become Life Benefactor Fellows and those who donate over $10,000 will become Life Leadership Fellows.

If you are interested in becoming a Fellow of the Foundation, please contact Laura Ruth or see the PDF below:

Boulder County Bar Foundation Fellowship Application


The Foundation believes that support of legal education and law related projects is one of the best ways to increase our profession's public image while providing public service to those in need in Boulder County. The Foundation aims to increase the number of grant awarded as well as the level of funding of individual grants so that the Foundation's contributions will significantly impact Boulder County communities in furtherance of the Foundation's mission, the Board of Trustees adopted the goal of substantially enhancing the Foundation's granting capabilities by encouraging all Members of the Boulder County Bar Association to contribute as Fellows of the Foundation.

Boulder County Bar Foundation
3269 28th Street
Boulder, CO 80301

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