The National Association of Bench and Bar Spouses (NABBS) Foundation was founded on November 17th, 1994 following the 43rd NABBS, Inc. Annual Convention hosted in Chicago, IL. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the NABBS, Inc. and is a tax-exempt, charitable corporation organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
This Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable purposes: education, civic, scientific and intercultural purposes in order to collect and distribute money to exempt organizations, to various community organizations, and to highly-qualified and underrepresented law students.
I humbly accept my current position as President of this auspicious organization. I am grateful for your support. I have been an active member of NABBS, Incorporated for over 40 years and was a chartering member of NABBS Foundation in 1995.
I assume this position while reflecting fondly on those who preceded me – Madelyn Elston (IL), Cleota P. Wilbekin (OH), Harriet Pitcher (LA), Maris Cannon (SC), and Yamona Pierce (Wash., D.C.). As our charter President, Madelyn Elston, established the criteria which has guided our responsibilities as the philanthropic arm of NABBS, Incorporated. Dr. Cleota P. Wilbekin Esquire was determined to expand our ability to offer legal scholarships while diligently adhering to all IRS regulations. Harriet Pitcher provided book grants, scholarships and innovative fundraising events during her term of office. Maris Cannon continued distributing legal education scholarships, presenting health initiative forums and increased our tax - exempt donations. Yamona Pierce propelled the Foundation into a digital presence using social media platforms, evolved our health education programs and awareness, established new business development, and collaborated with cutting edge organizations. I am excited and inspired to embrace the awesome pathways designed by my predecessors.
My vision is to utilize the digital platform to its fullest extent, to empower our members to be advocates for the voiceless, to embrace the oppressed, to protect the fearful and to support the underserved in our midst. With the assistance of my dedicated officers, enthusiastic members and generous donors, I am confident that my goals will be achieved. I will build upon the Bonnie P. and Grace Laws Wheatley Breast Cancer Forums and the Dr. Annie Lawrence Brown Health Initiatives, as I plan to introduce a Healthcare Advocates Committee that will offer support to those challenged by Breast Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease. I also plan to connect with past Dorothy Atkinson Legal Education Scholarship recipients to enlist their legal acumen, mentoring skills and donor support. Lastly, I plan to assist those members who are poised to make a positive difference in their communities. I embrace the platform “Together We Can” set forth by the immediate past President Yamona Pierce. I ask for your prayers of support as I raise the level of involvement in N.A.B.B.S., Inc. “Advocating for Justice” as we give voice to the voiceless, stand beside the fearful and provide care for the underserved in our midst.
JOIN US! THERE IS MUCH TO BE DONE! BE THE VOICE!
Nancy C. Butler
President, NABBS Foundation
Since 1969, our organization has awarded the Dorothy Atkinson Legal Education Scholarship to underrepresented and high-achieving law students.
Angela Mackie-Rutledge – George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
Caroline Guillot Parrino – Southern University Law Center
Sarah Elizabeth Norise – Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Marchion Wynne II – South Texas College of Law
Melissa Jimenez – Southern University Law Center
Sammy Vela – Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University
Your contribution will be used for charitable purposes to support NABBS Foundation Programs.