Civic Education Fund

Commemorating a century of service by the Multnomah Bar Association (formerly the MBA 100th Anniversary Community Gift Fund)

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 or engagement. The fund was established in commemoration of the MBA's "Century of Service" to the legal profession and community. View our 2010-2012 supporters.

To make a charitable donation, please donate here or contact Pamela Hubbs at 503.222.3275. 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.

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 new 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. Please scroll down to view the videos.

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 short video and PSA in one, was awarded first place in the "Democracy in Action" category at the Hometown Media Awards, a national competition that recognizes the best in community media programming.

Generously funded by MBA members through the MBF Civic Education Fund, 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. The MBF and MetroEast reached out to The Bus Project, City Club of Portland, League of Women Voters of Portland and mediator Jim Park to assist in the development of some of the video content and to the Classroom Law Project to create a discussion guide for teachers to use with The Courthouse and Court System videos.

Contact Pamela Hubbs for more information.

Civil Discourse 101 and Civic Engagement 101 are newly released and may be viewed here.

The theme of Voting 101 is "register, engage, vote." It combines both a short video and a PSA and was created to help students, young voters and new citizens learn how to register to vote and the importance of voting.

The Court System (below in two parts) received the first place Public Education award at the 2012 National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Government Programming Awards.

The Courthouse received the second place Community Awareness award at the 2012 NATOA awards.


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