In the Community
Barack Ferrazzano is strongly committed to community service through its BFKN Foundation.
The BFKN Foundation was created in 2005 to facilitate the Firm's goal to become more active in the community and dedicate time and resources to those most in need of our support. Through the BFKN Foundation, the Firm is involved in community programs that provide our professionals and staff with opportunities to positively impact the lives of the less fortunate.
KIPP Ascend Primary
Since 2012, the Firm has partnered with KIPP Ascend Primary, an open enrollment public charter school serving almost 600 underprivileged students in grades K-4 in Chicago’s North Lawndale community. KIPP is a national network of college-preparatory public charter schools serving 96,000 students in grades pre-K-12 in underserved communities across the country. KIPP’s motto CLIMB (Create, Love, Inquire, Make it happen and Be the change) encourages students to overcome challenges, accomplish their goals and sets the foundation for students to be held at a higher standard. Our continued partnership with KIPP is centered around our annual coat drive providing winter essentials to children who would otherwise go without. We are exploring other partnership opportunities with KIPP.
Click here to view some happy KIPPsters in their new coats from our 7th annual coat drive.
Restorative Justice Program
The Firm also provides volunteers and financial support through the BFKN Foundation to the Restorative Justice Program in Chicago’s public high schools. The Restorative Justice Program, which is administered by the non-profit organization Alternatives, Inc., assists high schools with establishing peer jury programs as an alternative to traditional, more punitive discipline. Students trained by the Restorative Justice Program present and defend cases to a jury of their peers, which determines an appropriate resolution. Throughout the year, Firm professionals and staff volunteer to meet with and advise students who have taken on leadership roles in the program.
Sharon Krista McAuliffe School
From 2005-2011, the Firm partnered with Sharon Krista McAuliffe School, a Chicago inner-city school offering grades pre-K–6; where roughly half the student population lives below the poverty line. Our partnership with the school was organized around four annual events:
- A back-to-school event where each student received a backpack filled with school supplies;
- A winter coat drive where each student received warm winter clothing;
- Tutoring sessions to help students prepare for standardized testing; and
- A career day for students to visit the Firm and learn about careers in the legal industry.