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There are numerous ways, as listed below, to help the CBF help our community.  You need not be an attorney or Bar Fellow to make contributions and donations To the Foundation.


The Colorado Bar Fellows was established in 1977 and is patterned after the successful American Bar Fellows program.  Colorado Bar Fellows are selected from nominees recommended by their colleagues based on factors such as their prominence, reputation and good standing in the legal community, outstanding contributions in their communities and contributions to advancing justice and then invited to join the CBF as a Fellow.  They are honored at the CBF annual dinner meeting.  Currently, new Fellows pledge $2,000 payable over 10 years.  After fulfilling this financial contributions, Fellows achieve Fellows Emeritus status.  Fellows Emeriti are encouraged, and most do, continue to contribute to the Foundation.  The primary source of endowment funding is derived from Fellows. Contact Melissa Nicoletti for more information at



  • Don’t forget the CBF can be a primary or contingent beneficiary in your probate planning.  Here is some sample bequest language:

A General or Specific Bequest

"I give (the residue of my estate), or ( % of the residue of my estate), or (the sum of Dollars), or (shares of) to the Colorado Bar Foundation, Denver, CO."

A Bequest of Real Estate

"I hereby instruct my personal representative to sell my real estate located at (address/city/state), and to give the net sales proceeds to the Colorado Bar Foundation, Denver, CO."

A Bequest to the Endowment Fund

"I give the sum of (amount, which must be a minimum of $25,000) Dollars to the Colorado Bar Foundation, Denver, CO for its Endowment Fund."

If these are not suitable to your needs, contact the CBF and we will work with you to achieve your wishes. Contact the CBF if you would like to learn more about donating a vehicle, gifting stock or other assets, to honoring members of the legal community thru large personal or firm gifts.