College Columns May 2022 - Page 6

Foundation Officers Jan M . Hayden Chair Vincent E . Lazar Vice Chair Lisa M . Schweitzer Secretary Rebecca A . Roof Treasurer
Foundation Directors Isabel C . Balboa Steven N . Berger E . Frank Childress , Jr . Jeanne P . Darcey Cecily A . Dumas Kenneth H . Eckstein Jay M . Goffman Peggy Hunt Marjorie Kaufman Corali Lopez-Castro Hon . Margaret M . Mann Julio ( Rick ) Mendoza Patrick J . Nash Judy A . O ’ Neill Mark Shinderman Prof . Elizabeth Tashjian Lynn Lewis Tavenner J . Scott Victor William L . Wallander David A . Warfield Richard L . Wasserman
Senior Director Robert J . Rosenberg
Ex Officio Charles A . Beckham , Jr .
Executive Director Shari A . Bedker

From the Foundation

Jan Hayden , Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz , PC Chair , American College of Bankruptcy Foundation
Greetings from New Orleans ! I have the pleasure of serving as the Chair of the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation for the next two years . When asked to take on this project , two thoughts crossed my mind . The first was how in the world am I going to be able to follow in the steps of Paul Harner ? After all , under Paul ’ s leadership the 2021 campaign raised a total of $ 412,555 , an all-time Foundation record and outperforming the Foundation ’ s budget by 65 %. The result also exceeded our 2020 total of $ 388,045 ( the previous record ) by $ 24,510 , or 6 %. During Paul ’ s four years of leadership , the Foundation fundraising efforts exceeded $ 300,000 each year , finally topping that magic $ 400,000 in total giving . In fact , as Norm Pernick , as our incoming Chair of the Pro Bono Committee ably reports here , we were able to give 46 programs grants totaling $ 456,000 . If that wasn ’ t daunting enough , I pulled up the mission statement which reads :
“ The American College of Bankruptcy Foundation was established to promote the ends of justice through educational and charitable activities . Its missions , focused in the areas of bankruptcy and insolvency , are sponsorship and encouragement of legal research , publications , and forums ; establishment of scholarships ; providing for the collection and maintenance of data and documents for scholarly research ; and fostering the institution and maintenance of legal aid facilities for the indigent . The Foundation provides support to pro bono legal service programs providing assistance to an increasingly diverse and evolving number of communities across the entire United States .”
Now not only was I supposed to step into Paul ’ s shoes but during this two year term , what could I do to help lead the Foundation to attaining those lofty goals ? Fortunately for me , our meeting in Denver helped me begin to find the answers to both questions . continued on page 25
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