Civic Education FundRaising the Bar for Civic Engagement
Created as a means for lawyers to give back to their community, this fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations whose civic and law-related education programs promote civic education and engagement. The fund was established in commemoration of the MBA 2006 "Century of Service" to the legal profession and community.
Gifts may be made to the Civic Education Fund to increase civic education and participation across a broad spectrum of citizens through grants and special projects or "where most needed" to support the day-to-day operations of the foundation. Gifts may be made In Memoriam or In Honor of a special person or occasion. Contributions of $100 and up will receive mention in the Multnomah Lawyer and on the MBA website. To make a charitable donation, please donate here or contact Pamela Hubbs.
Gifts to the MBF are fully tax-deductible. Tax ID 20-2738888.
Civic Education Video Series
The MBF, in partnership with MetroEast Community Media, has produced a video series on democracy issues. This project focuses on the themes of voter registration and the importance of being an informed voter, civic engagement, responsible civil discourse, what goes on in the courthouse, impartial courts, rule of law, the balance of powers and the various kinds of courts and how they fit into public safety. The Bus Project, City Club of Portland, League of Women Voters of Portland and mediator Jim Park assisted in the development of some of the video content and the Classroom Law Project created discussion guides for classroom use. Please scroll down to view the videos or watch them on YouTube.
Awards. The Courthouse and The Court System videos took top honors at the 2012 National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Government Programming Awards. The Court System was awarded first place in the "Public Education" category and The Courthouse was awarded second place in the "Community Awareness" category. Voting 101, a combination short video and PSA, was awarded first place in the "Democracy in Action" category at the 2013 Hometown Media Awards, a national competition that recognizes the best in community media programming
Distribution. The series will be shared statewide with middle and high school teachers and is currently reaching a wide, general audience via cable access TV, YouTube and various educational, news media and civic groups' websites.
Contact Pamela Hubbs for more information.
Civil Discourse 101 and Civic Engagement 101.
The theme of Voting 101 is "register, engage, vote." It focuses on how to register to vote and the importance of voting. Voting 101 won 1st Place in the "Democracy in Action" category at the 2013 Hometown Media Awards
The Court System (below in two parts) won 1st Place in Public Education at the 2012 National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Government Programming Awards.
The Courthouse received the 2nd Place Community Awareness award at the 2012 NATOA awards.
Click here to navigate to the Grants page.