Established in 1997, the DuPage County Bar Foundation is the charitable
[501(c)(3)] arm of the DuPage County Bar Association governed by a Board of Directors consisting of nineteen distinguished DCBA members.
The purpose of this educational and charitable corporation is:
- To foster and maintain the honor and integrity of the profession of law;
- To improve and facilitate the administration of justice;
- To promote the study of the law;
- To acquire, preserve and exhibit rare books and documents, subjects of art
and items of historical interest having legal significance; and
- To assist deserving members of the DuPage County Bar and their dependents
who are ill, incapacitated or superannuated.
The DCBF fulfills this purpose by supporting our community with direct and
monetary support through the following programs:
Lawyers Lending a Hand
Bored? Stressed? Lost Your Perspective? Come Do Yourself Some Good...By
This public service project was founded by Honorable Paul Marchese, formerly
of the State's Attorney Office and former DCBA Executive Director Eddie
Wollenberg. DCBA members and friends meet monthly to serve and relieve the
stresses of practicing law by assisting various agencies and services in DuPage
County. A few examples of projects include painting walls and sorting canned
goods for a food pantry, organizing coat drives, playing basketball with at-risk
youth, clearing debris from forest preserve streams, and visiting the elderly.
Projects are typically held on the third Thursday of each month. Check the DCBA calendar for the next project. Feel free to call Eddie Wollenberg at (630) 668-2415 or
Paul Marchese at (630) 407-8933 if you have questions or suggestions for
Grants to Local Non-Profit Organizations
DCBF facilitates the administration of justice by inviting grant
submissions once a year - from August 24 - September 30. Over the past years, we have awarded
grants to various organizations, including:
CASA of DuPage County, which serves as the child's advocate to the 18th
Judicial Circuit in Abuse and Neglect cases.
Special Ed Advocacy Center to provide free legal representation to parents
and caregivers of special needs children, who might not otherwise receive legal
representation, on the substantive and procedural aspects of special education
A pdf of the grant application is available here.
Law School Scholarships
The DCBF promotes the study of law via the Ambassador Scholarship. The DCBF
Board awards this scholarship annually to one or more incoming second-year law
students from DuPage County. The DCBF announces scholarship availability to all
Illinois law school financial aid offices, and posts the scholarship application to our web
site. A screening committee will personally interview most applicants. The
scholarship is awarded at the Installation dinner in early June. Winner(s) or
their representative must be able to personally attend this dinner.
Lending a Hand to Our Members in Need
Since its inception, the DCBF has assisted several DCBA members in need by
contributing financially to help defray major medical expenses. Such application
may be made via confidential correspondence to the DCBF President or Executive
May I Lend a Hand?
The DCBF invites all DCBA members, family and friends to lend a hand. We seek
tax-deductible financial support, either through direct contributions, pledges
or via DCBA dues check-offs. All funds are used toward grants, scholarships and
Lawyers Lending a Hand, and not toward salaries. DCBF funds will not be used for
the financial gain of members or to influence legislation. The Foundation also
encourages you to become involved with our Lawyers Lending a Hand program.
Making a Donation
If you would like to make a monetary donation to the Foundation, please click here or contact the office for more information.
Leslie Monahan, Executive Director
DuPage County Bar
126 S. County Farm
Wheaton, IL 60187