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Established in 1997, the DuPage 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 Association and their dependents who are ill, incapacitated or superannuated.

The DBF fulfills this purpose by supporting our community with direct and monetary support through the following programs:

Grants to Local Non-Profit Organizations

DBF 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 law.

A pdf of the grant application is available here.

Law School Scholarships

The DBF promotes the study of law via the Ambassador  and William J. Bauer Scholarships. The DBF Board awards this scholarship annually to one or more law students who have completed one full semester (12 hours) of law school and reside in, or have an established connection to DuPage County. The DBF 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.


Hosted Scholarship

DBF can assist you in the administration of a scholarship for your firm or loved one.  Contact Cindy Allston for more information 630-653-7779 or


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 Director.

May I Lend a Hand?

The DBF invites all DCBA members, family and friends to lend a hand. We seek tax-deductible financial support, either through direct contributions, pledges or via DBA dues check-offs. All funds are used toward grants, scholarships and Members in Need, and not toward salaries. DBF funds will not be used for the financial gain of members or to influence legislation. 

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.

For Information:

Cindy Allston, Associate Executive Director
DuPage County Bar Foundation
126 S. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 653-7779

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