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Barber Law Firm Century Fund Overview
For over a century, the Barber Law Firm has prided itself on being a forward-thinking organization – a leader in our profession.  To honor our 100th year in practice, we committed to giving back for the next century with the formation of the Barber Law Firm Century Fund.

With annual contributions from the firm for the next century, each year the Barber Law Firm Century Fund will distribute a portion of its annual earnings to a designated nonprofit partner.  Designed to generate approximately $8 million in charitable contributions over the next century, the fund will produce greater impact each year with total annual distributions of approximately $250,000 by 2110.

2010 Barber Law Firm Century Fund nonprofit partner: Diabetes Research Working Group at Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases among children and claims 215,000 lives annually in the United States. A little more than 100 years ago, researchers identified insulin, the current leading treatment for diabetes. The firm’s inaugural Century Fund contribution was made to the Diabetes Research Working Group at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in the hope that, before the close of our next century, researchers will have identified a cure for this chronic disease. We have no doubt that the diabetes research team at Arkansas Children’s Hospital will continue to lead the way in support of that goal.

Barber Law Firm Century Fund Selects Centers for Youth & Families as Nonprofit Partner for 2011
Centers For Youth & Families, the oldest continuously operating not-for-profit in Arkansas, provides specialized prevention, intervention, and treatment services to children and families to promote their emotional and social wellness. In addition to a financial contribution, the Barber Law Firm staff volunteered time and other resources to help create awareness for Centers For Youth & Families and its programs. The firm also provided primary support for a new training program, Mental Health First Aid, garnering attention nationwide. Centers For Youth & Families offered the program to school personnel and community members to help them better understand mental illness and how to react in a mental health crisis situation.

Barber Law Firm Selects the Arkansas Repertory Theatre as the 2012 Century Fund Nonprofit Partner
The Arkansas Repertory Theatre provides the experience of live, professional theatre to more than 6,000 students across Arkansas each season. The Rep’s Student Matinee Program also includes cross-curricular study guides, public classes and actor classroom visits, including access to Student Matinee productions for students and teachers.  For its 2012 partnership with the Rep, the firm made a financial contribution to support the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Young Artist program and Student Matinee, and the firm provided volunteer and promotional services throughout the 2012-2013 year to help build awareness of the Rep.

2013 Barber Law Firm Century Fund nonprofit partner: Economics Arkansas
An educational nonprofit organization promoting economic literacy in Arkansas schools is the 2013 recipient of a grant from the Barber Law Firm Century Fund. Economics Arkansas received the 2013 Century Fund grant of $5,000, which will support the annual Teacher Grant program, which makes grants available of up to $750 each to incorporate economic or personal finance concepts into the classroom curriculum. Popular projects funded by these grants are “classroom stores” to illustrate supply and demand, costs, budgeting, choices, scarcity and more.

2014 Barber Law Firm Century Fund nonprofit partner: Junior League of Little Rock
The Junior League of Little Rock improves our community by assessing community needs, developing solutions and training civic leaders. These efforts, concentrated within the following areas of impact, give direction to the organization: school preparedness, literacy and nutrition and wellness. The Junior League of Little Rock received the 2014 Century Fund grant of $5,000, which will support the GROW (Girls Realizing Opportunities Within) initiative of the organization. Among other projects, the 2014 Century Fund grant received by the Junior League of Little Rock was used to support the Downtown Dash, which is one of the signature annual fundraisers of the Junior League of Little Rock that funds the GROW initiative.

Nominations will be accepted for the Barber Law Firm Century Fund's nonprofit partner for 2015 between June 15, 2015 and August 15, 2015.