The El Paso County Bar Foundation was established in March 2002 as a charitable arm of the El Paso County Bar Association. The purposes of the Foundation are to:
- Promote the education, knowledge and awareness of the law.
- Improve the administration of justice and the delivery of legal services.
- Assist in providing legal services to those who are unable to afford them.
- Provide scholarships and grants consistent with these purposes.
- Serve similar charitable and community needs in El Paso and Teller Counties.
The Foundation, in partnership with the Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation, the Coulter Foundation and the El Pomar Foundation, has established a law student scholarship program to support students who have expressed a desire to practice law in El Paso County after graduation. The Ruth Rouss Scholarship program provides scholarships for women and the Ben Wendelken Scholarship program for men at both the University of Denver and University of Colorado law schools. The Foundation has been accomplishing its mission through the award of grants to non-profit organizations. The Foundation has awarded grants to: Teen Court, Mock Trial Competition, Theatreworks for the production of To Kill a Mockingbird, Legal Aid Foundation, the Diversity Committee of the Bar Association, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Leadership Pikes Peak, Pikes Peak Pro Bono Project, Cynergetics Institute for a community restorative justice program, Court Care, and more. The Foundation will continue to partner with other organizations to support worthy charitable causes.