Financial Institution Pro Bono Day (FIPBD) is an event that brings together volunteer attorneys and legal staff from financial institutions across the country and around the globe to provide pro bono legal assistance to address critical legal needs of underserved communities. Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), a project of Pro Bono Institute (PBI), organizes FIPBD in partnership with the legal departments of financial institutions.
The goals of FIPBD are to promote in-house pro bono engagement and collaboration, magnify their impact, and meet the diverse needs of underserved communities. Participating financial institutions, often working with legal services organization and law firm partners, organize and participate in pro bono events of their choice. Many events are open to volunteers from other financial institutions.
For the inaugural FIPBD on May 2, 2019, 14 financial institutions in 20 cities across the U.S. organized more than 47 pro bono events in which more than 700 volunteers from 21 financial institutions participated. The second annual FIPBD was planned for April 30, 2020 and then due to the pandemic, was rescheduled for January 14, 2021, four days before the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The third annual FIPBD was held on April 28, 2022, at which more than 1050 in-house volunteers served more than 950 clients at 65 events in the U.S. and internationally.
Next year’s Financial Institution Pro Bono Day will be held on April 27, 2023.