Donor Stories

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Rhonda Stroman, JD, LLM, CCEP

“It’s very clear to me that sometimes, by making bequests of this nature, you can have an impact in death that maybe you would not have had in life.”

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John Yanchunis, Esquire

“I always, in both generating a cy pres and distributing it to an organization, recommend The Florida Bar Foundation.”

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Carl J. Domino, Esq.

Domino, who works on eight to ten pro bono cases at a time, knew a gift to The Florida Bar Foundation could benefit even more families struggling with legal issues.

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William Sklar, Esquire

“I think The Florida Bar Foundation does an amazing job in identifying needs and, where it can, committing to support programs fulfilling those needs.”

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Edward H. Zebersky, Esq.

“The lawyers felt it was important that the money go to an organization that benefits all Floridians.”

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Burton Young

“It should be every lawyer’s dream to help the administration of justice.”

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Deborah Goodall

“As someone who practices in the area of estate planning, I know well how impactful planned gifts can be.”

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Maria Henderson

“I think the people who work at the Foundation are some of the most incredibly dedicated people I have ever met. They believe in the mission; they live and breathe it.”

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David Prather

David Prather’s generous gift will provide seed funding for a campaign to restore the Foundation’s Summer Fellows program.

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Nora Patterson

“There is no substitute other than private philanthropy. Everybody needs to give what they can."


John Patterson

"The Florida Bar Foundation is part of the legacy that Nora and I have been delighted to establish. We believe that a core value of our society, and one that has served us well, is that all should have access to justice. It's part of being an American, and in my case part of being a lawyer. We welcome others who share this important belief to join with us in the Legacy for Justice."

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Melissa Moss, J.D.

“By giving to the Foundation, I am supporting all those in Florida who are involved in something I care deeply about.”


 John Woolslair Sheppard

"For someone at retirement or even close to retirement, the charitable gift annuity can be a very attractive use of your funds set aside for retirement. If you think in terms of keeping much cash in a bank CD or even government bonds, or in other 'liquid assets,' the gift annuity is attractive. Then add to that the substantial tax benefits!"


A. Hamilton Cooke

"Naming The Florida Bar Foundation in your estate plan is one of the best charitable gifts that can be made. Its 50-year commitment to providing access to justice for the poor in Florida is the reason I am a proud member of The Legacy for Justice."


John Yanchunis

"I've known about The Florida Bar Foundation ever since I've been a member of the Bar, and it seemed like the perfect fit to direct this cy pres to the Bar Foundation."

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Rod Petrey

"By setting up a charitable gift annuity, I've established a steady income stream for myself, but just as important to me, I've created a legacy to support something I truly believe in—equal access to justice."

The discussion herein is general in nature and may not apply to all individuals. Prospective donors are urged to consult their personal tax and financial advisors concerning the specific consequences of making gifts to The Florida Bar Foundation. We would be pleased to discuss, in confidence, ways in which you may support The Florida Bar Foundation. These measures may also have an impact on your estate planning.


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