About the American Bar Endowment

Insurance that makes a difference.

Lawyers across the country trust the American Bar Endowment (ABE) to help protect their families and firms. We sponsor quality, affordable group insurance products, exclusively to ABA lawyer members. ABE-sponsored insurance plans are designed to generate dividends,1 which ABA members can choose to donate to ABE. These contributions help fund research, educational, and public service projects of importance to the public and the profession.

ABE offers experience-rated group insurance plans from New York Life.2  The breadth of ABE-sponsored insurance products includes Term Life, Disability, Professional Overhead Expense and more, to protect ABA members through every stage of their personal and professional life.

The unique charitable giving feature of each ABE-sponsored insurance plan gives ABA members the opportunity to donate their dividends3 and, by doing so, claim a charitable contribution deduction on their personal tax returns. In this way, ABE helps lawyer members meet their professional obligation to improve the quality of justice in the United States, while providing important insurance protection for themselves and their families.

ABA members purchase insurance through ABE.


Members donate any available plan dividends back to ABE.


ABE grants fund law-related research, public service and educational projects.


1,3 Dividends are not guaranteed.
2 Underwritten by New York Life Insurance Company, NY, NY. Policy form GMR.


Each year ABE grants support a wide variety of law-related public service, research and educational programs within the legal profession, through the activities of the American Bar Foundation (ABF), the ABA Fund for Justice and Education (FJE), and through ABE Opportunity Grants.

Nearly 85% our ABE members choose to donate their portion of any available insurance dividends. Thanks to the generosity of these members, ABE has awarded nearly $300 million in grants to date.

Nearly $300 million in grants awarded to date.

ABE’s unique role is to support law-related projects and programs that advance the administration of justice. In addition to annual grants to the American Bar Foundation and the Fund for Justice and Education, ABE Opportunity Grants fund programs and projects that address urgent legal needs in local communities.

Lawyers make this support possible. When you participate in an ABE-sponsored insurance plan and donate your dividends, you become the ABE’s partner in continuing our long and proud tradition of charitable giving.



Meet the ABE Board of Directors.