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Life Fellow Giving Societies

A Fellow becomes a Life Fellow after completing his/her initial pledge. After achieving Life Fellow status, continued support is optional; however the American Bar Foundation depends upon charitable giving in order to continue and expand its important work.

Giving Societies are opportunities for Life Fellows to continue contributing to the Foundation once they have completed their initial pledge. Giving societies are as follows:

  • A Life Fellow who contributes a lifetime aggregate of $50,000 will be named a Philanthropist Fellow
  • A Life Fellow who contributes a lifetime aggregate of $25,000 will be named a Visionary Fellow
  • A Life Fellow who contributes a lifetime aggregate of $17,500 will be named a Leadership Fellow
  • A Life Fellow who contributes a lifetime aggregate of $10,000 will be named a Benefactor Fellow
  • A Life Fellow who contributes a lifetime aggregate of $5,000 will be named a Patron Fellow
  • A Life Fellow who contributes a minimum of $250 annually will be named a Sustaining Life Fellow

Contributions can be pledged over a period of 10 years. Life Fellows who give at the Sustaining level and higher will be recognized in the ABF Annual Report, the Fellows website, and on signage at ABA Annual and Midyear meetings. All Life Fellows are acknowledged in the Fellows Roster. 

View and download a full listing of current Giving Society members here.

To make a donation, visit the Life Fellows giving page. For more information about how to join one of the above giving societies or to make a pledge, please contact Tim Watson at (312) 988-6560 or .

The American Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Contributions to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation are fully tax deductible and are not refundable. No goods or services are promised or provided in exchange for a contribution. If an error is made in the amount contributed, please notify the American Bar Foundation within 21 days. A new receipt will be issued if an adjustment is required.

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