The Florida Bar Board of Governors brought The Florida Bar Foundation into existence in 1956 as a nonprofit corporation chartered to foster law-related public interest programs on behalf of Florida's legal profession. 

The Florida Bar Foundation is the only statewide organization linking 30 legal services programs in Florida to form a comprehensive, statewide legal services delivery system. Its funding promotes access to justice and improvements in addressing the civil legal needs of the poor. The Florida Bar Foundation is a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the lnternal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Foundation are deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. 

While principal support for the Foundation's charitable activities comes from the lnterest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Program implemented by the Florida Supreme Court in 1981, Foundation grants also are supported by gifts from Florida attorneys, law firms, corporations, foundations and other individuals