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Giving Back

Three Ways to Give Back

American Bar Endowment (ABE) was created by the ABA in 1942 and in the last 70 years has made grants of more than $277 million to help support law-related public service, educational, and research projects of interest and importance to the public and the profession. When ABA members make contributions to ABE, they meet their professional obligation to improve the quality of justice in this country. Members may help ABE make a difference in three ways:

  • 1)Donation of Insurance Dividends

    All ABE-sponsored insurance plans are designed to generate dividends, although dividends are not guaranteed. Each year, ABA members may choose to donate those dividends to ABE or to request that their percent of any available dividends be returned to them. We ask that our insureds donate their share of any available dividends to ABE to help continue the good works of the legal profession. Those that choose to do so are eligible for a charitable tax deduction. Apply for the ABE-sponsored insurance you need while giving back to the good works of the legal profession. Learn more about the projects your donated dividends help support.
  • 2)ABE's Charitable Giving Fund (CGF)

    Created as another avenue for ABA members to give back to the profession and their communities, ABE's CGF is a donor-advised fund which allows you to support the charities you care about the most in your community and elsewhere while enjoying an immediate charitable tax deduction up to the current market value of the donation. Learn more about the unsurpassed tax advantages and start your own CGF account with a first-time donation of as little as $5,000.
  • 3)ABE's Legal Legacy Fund

    Maintained for the permanent support of ABE's grantees, the Legal Legacy Fund is ABE's unrestricted giving fund. There is no minimum donation required and all donations are eligible for a charitable tax deduction. Donations to the Legal Legacy Fund help fund the same law-related research, educational and public service projects supported by insurance dividend donations. Learn more about the projects your donation supports.

    Contributions to ABE are tax deductible under Section 170(c) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, in accordance with IRS regulations and the March 1987 ruling provided to ABE by the IRS.



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