Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation?
A: The Foundation is the 501(c)(3) charitable organization of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers organized for the purpose of furthering the Academy’s charitable and educational purposes.
Q: What is the mission of the AAML Foundation?
A: Protection of families and children affected by the break-up of the family unit.
Q: What does the AAMLF Foundation do?
A: The Foundation provides financial assistance through grants to organizations that: (1) support children in custody and dependency cases; (2) support programs in schools, courts, and organizations that help children cope with the stresses of divorce; (3) teach effective co-parenting; (4) provide counseling to children experiencing domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse or mental illness; (5) support programs that promote relationship enrichment programs to help prevent the break-up of families; (6) provide education to judges, attorneys and allied professions and the public about the protection of children in the legal process; (7) promote research and education about family law issues; (8) provide education to judges and attorneys about appropriate professional responsibility standards for the practice of family law.
Q: Where is the AAML Foundation located?
A: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation
150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite #1420
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Q: How does the AAML Foundation get funding to make grants?
A: The Foundation obtains funding to make grants through the generous donations of Academy members (divorce lawyers), family, friends and through our affiliated forensic and valuation professional partners. The Foundation receives donations from members through its Billable Hour Campaign, Lifetime Membership donations, and a silent auction held every year at the Academy’s annual meeting in Chicago during the first week of November.
Q. How does the AAML Foundation choose grant recipients?
A. The Board of Directors of the Foundation through a Grants Committee reviews applications that meet the requirements of the Funding Policies and of applications who meet the Applicant Eligibility Requirements as posted on this website under the Grant Application tab.
Q. How long does the application process take?
A. Applications are due by July 15th of each year, are reviewed shortly thereafter and funds are disbursed in October of each year.
Q. What is not funded by the AAML Foundation?
A. For a full list, see the Grant Application. In general, grants will not be distributed to political or religious organizations, private law firms, endowment or scholarship funds, or organizations primarily funded by Legal Services Corporation. The Foundation gives priority to grants using funding within the 12 month period and requested funding does not exceed $5,000.
Q: How can I donate to the AAML Foundation?
A: Go to the Donate Now button on the Home Page.
Q. Can I become a member of the AAML Foundation?
A. Membership in the Foundation is limited to membership in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers or the Forensic and Valuation Division.
Q. Can I or my firm sponsor an AAML Foundation event?
A. Yes. Please contact Kimberley Scott, Foundation Administrator at (312) 263-6477. You will normally receive appropriate acknowledgement in programs and signage at the event.
Q: Where does the money go when a donation is received?
A: Donations are held in prudently invested accounts. The Foundation’s goal is to increase its income-producing assets in order to increase the number of grants the Foundation can make to worthy organizations.