The GABWA Foundation
In May of 1983, GABWA founded The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Foundation, Inc. (“the GABWA Foundation”), a 501(c) (3) organization, to facilitate GABWA’s charitable and educational activities. Like GABWA, the GABWA Foundation’s mission is to provide services to the community that further the interests of women and children throughout Georgia and that increase the representation of black women in the legal profession. Each year, proceeds from GABWA’s signature fundraiser, the Glitter Gala and Auction, help support the GABWA Foundation’s long-standing, award-winning programs.
Since 2002, the GABWA Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to deserving African-American women law students attending law school in the state of Georgia. In addition, the Foundation has served other segments of the community through programs including its Sister2Sister® Mentoring Program, the Civil Pro Bono Wills Project and the Community Health Fair, in partnership with the Center for Black Women’s Wellness.
In addition to the above-referenced programs, the GABWA Foundation also provides assistance to various other noteworthy programs throughout Georgia. For example, the GABWA Foundation provided significant contributions to help create the Isabel Gates Webster Nursery at the Andrew & Walter Young Southwest YMCA. The nursery is named in honor of Isabel Gates Webster, one of the first African American women attorneys in Atlanta. The GABWA Foundation was also a supporter of the Color of Justice Program of the Georgia Supreme Court’s Committee on Access and Fairness in the Courts. And, the GABWA Foundation has been a long-term supporter of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Summer Law Internship Program (SLIP), which offers summer opportunities to Atlanta area high school students who are interested in learning more about the legal profession.