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Ways to Give

Donate Monthly

Recurring gifts from people like you help us plan ahead. Our monthly donors are our Champions for Justice because of this sustaining impact.

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Sponsor An Event

Help us raise programmatic dollars and engage volunteers by becoming a corporate sponsor. We tailor your recognition based on the event you support.

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Workplace and Matching Gifts

Use 52-1225979 for the Maryland Charity Campaign or 2420 for United Way. Or check to see if your employer can match your direct donation!

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Honorary and Memorial Gifts

Make a special gift to MVLS to honor someone in your life. Simply select 'this donation is in honor or in memory of someone' and let us know if you'd like to notify them or their family.

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Planned Gifts

You can support MVLS for generations to come while achieving your financial and tax goals.

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Community Investment Tax Credits

When available, Community Investment Tax Credits allow donors to claim a state tax credit worth 50% of the value of their gift of $500 or more.

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More Ways to Give

You can support MVLS through your donor advised fund, IRA, gift of appreciated stock, private grant, a Cy Pres award, or another way that aligns with your philanthropic goals.

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Donate By Check

Please make checks payable to “Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service” and mail to: MVLS Attention: Development | 201 North Charles Street, Suite 1400 | Baltimore, MD 21201-4118

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Cara Schaefer, Development Manager

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Why Donate

We believe in justice for all

Your generosity can be the difference between someone having a legal advocate by their side or facing a courtroom alone. With your help, MVLS provides free and full civil legal representation for our clients. Your gift helps us conduct thorough intake, recruit and train volunteers, engage community partners, advocate for more equitable laws, and ultimately help our clients move forward with their lives.

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Tell us what issues matter to you, and we’ll tell you how your support of civil legal aid can make an impact.

Civil legal aid like the kind we provide has a proven impact on people’s housing, financial and family stability in both the short and the long term.

  • Family law can keep families together and help protect those among us who are most vulnerable, including children.
  • Criminal record relief removes barriers to employment so that Marylanders can pursue stable and sustainable jobs.
  • Consumer and income tax work helps people resolve ballooning debt, fight back against bad actors, and protect their limited assets to afford necessities.
  • Housing and estate planning efforts are keeping people housed, encouraging wealth-building in historically disinvested Black neighborhoods, and addressing social determinants of health.

  • 71%
    low income Americans facing civil legal problems
  • 3x
    more likely to succeed with representation vs. without
  • $6
    return on investment for every $1 invested in civil legal aid in Maryland

“To me, receiving free legal help meant that there is always hope.”

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Champions For Justice

It’s easy to become a Champion for Justice by making a convenient recurring gift that fits your budget and sustains MVLS all year long. Your contribution can be set up online with a credit card or Electronic Funds Transfer and is processed automatically with the frequency you choose. If you’d like to increase your recurring gift, or make other changes to your donation, call the development office at 443-451-4090.

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Workplace and Matching Gifts

Give Through Your Workplace

It’s easy to support MVLS through your workplace campaign. Use 52-1225979 for the Maryland Charity Campaign or 2420 for United Way of Central Maryland. To maximize your donation’s impact, check with your (or your spouse’s) employer to see if they offer a matching gifts program. Submit your matching gift request per your employer’s instructions – and please let us know about your intent to give.

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Community Investment Tax Credits

Individuals and businesses who donate $500 or more to MVLS can earn tax credits equal to 50% of the value of their money, goods or real property contribution. These tax credits are in addition to the deductions on both Federal and State taxes that result from a charitable contribution. Donors are required to call or email a member of our team to confirm availability of credits, obtain a Donor Acknowledgement Form, and complete and submit it to MVLS before making a gift.

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Other Charitable Giving

More Ways to Give

You can support MVLS through your donor advised fund, IRA, gift of appreciated stock, private grant, in-kind gift, cy pres award, Chapter 11 bankruptcy unclaimed funds distribution, or another way that aligns with your philanthropic goals. To learn more about legacy or planned giving click here.

To make a gift of stock, please share the following instructions with your broker and contact us via email or phone (443-451-4090) to share the date of transfer, stock name, number of shares, and brokerage account from which the gift is being made. Providing notice prior to donating stock to MVLS makes it possible for us to credit and acknowledge your generosity:

MVLS Federal Tax ID: 52-1225979
Broker: Morgan Stanley
Account: Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Svc Inc, 550-012023-098
DTC Account: 0015

MVLS is a 501c3 charitable organization, donations to which are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. If you have any questions about ways to give, please contact Susan Francis, Executive Director or Cara Schaefer, Development Manager.

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Gift Acceptance Policy

Our gift acceptance policy is grounded in MVLS’ core values, including a promise to our donors. MVLS generally accepts financial support from individuals, businesses, foundations, and government organizations to support our mission. Unrestricted gifts are the most powerful way that donors can support our work. Before accepting gifts, the Executive Director, in consultation with other relevant parties, may assess alignment with our core values, mission, and capacity. The organization reserves the right to reject gifts that compromise its mission or create undue burdens. Recognizing funders is not the mission of MVLS, and we take seriously the responsibility to maximize gifts to remove barriers to justice. Supporters are generally listed on our website, though donors can opt out of this recognition by requesting to give anonymously. Other recognition remains at the discretion of MVLS. To learn more about our practices for acknowledging gifts, communicating with donors, donor privacy, and our commitment to transparency, and types of gifts we accept, you can read the full gift acceptance policy using the link above. 

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