Charitable contributions to the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project have an immediate impact on our programs and services, including our Domestic Violence, Child Advocacy, and Immigration Practices as well as our Legal Clinics.

Annual gifts from DCVLP supporters make it possible to provide comprehensive legal services to more than 2,100 clients every year. We invite you to help vulnerable children and survivors escape domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, and other forms of gender-based violence by making a tax-deductible donation in one of the following ways.

Online

Make a donation to DCVLP through the security of your credit card or by direct debit from your bank account. Gifts of all sizes have a lasting impact on DCVLP’s programs and services. You can designate your gift to a programmatic area that you value most, including our Domestic Violence Program, Child Advocacy Program, Immigration/RELIEF Program, or our Legal Clinics. Click here to make your gift easily and securely online.

By Check

Please make checks payable to DC Volunteer Lawyers Project. A gift by check entitles the donor to an income tax deduction in the year in which the gift is made. Mail your gift by check to:

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
Attn: Development Office
5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 440
Washington DC 20015

Sustaining Gifts

Become A Recurring Donor

As a sustaining donor, you’ll make monthly payments through the security of your credit card or by direct debit from your bank account. A small, recurring amount every month can add up to a gift that really has an impact on DCVLP’s programs and services. You can designate your monthly gift to a programmatic area that you value most, including our Domestic Violence Program, Child Advocacy Program, Immigration/RELIEF Program, or our Legal Clinics. To sign up, simply complete the form linked here.

Stock

Thank you for considering a gift of stock to DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP). When you donate stock directly to a 501(c)(3) charitable organization like DCVLP, you are exempt from capital gains tax. In addition, you are still eligible to deduct the full fair-market value of the asset you donated from your income taxes, up to the overall amount allowed by the IRS. Please check with your own professional financial advisor before making a stock donation to DCVLP.

To facilitate the electronic transfer, receipt, and proper acknowledgement of your gift, please provide your broker these delivery instructions.

Delivery Instructions:
DTC Number: 0235
Account Number: 322-97472
Account Name: DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
DCVLP Tax ID: 26-1089584
Contact: Patty Davidson, RBC Wealth Management
1700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 700
Washington DC 20006
Telephone: 202-661-9508 or 877-567-2794
Email: patty.davidson@rbc.com

When you initiate a transfer of stock to DCVLP, please email information about your gift to Brian Yourish, DCVLP’s Director of Operations, at byourish@dcvlp.org. This will ensure that DCVLP is able to promptly receive and acknowledge your gift. If you have any questions about donating stock to DCVLP, please email Brian or call him on his direct line at 202-464-1614.

Donor Advised Fund

Planned Gifts

Brokerage (or other accounts)
Most people do not realize they can leave assets from their accounts to their favorite charitable organizations. You may name a charity as a full, partial or contingent beneficiary to a brokerage, savings or other accounts.  Simply fill-out a “change of beneficiary form” offered by your account representative.

Charitable Trusts
Hard-earned assets are worth protecting and various charitable strategies can safeguard family assets while providing security for loved ones and your favorite charities, like DCVLP. Consider having a conversation with your advisors about whether a charitable trust is right for you. Here are two examples:

  • Charitable Remainder Trust
    A charitable remainder trust allows you to provide income distributions for yourself or others while making a gift of the remaining assets to DCVLP when the trust ends. The income distributions may continue for the lifetimes of the beneficiaries, a fixed term of not more than 20 years, or a possible combination of the two.
  • Charitable Lead Trust
    Annual gifts of income are first made to DCVLP and when the charitable lead trust ends, the remaining assets are distributed to you or your beneficiaries.

Life Insurance
You can make a significant impact for survivors by donating a paid-up policy you may have outgrown, or by naming the DCVLP as a beneficiary of an insurance policy. Life insurance paid to a charity is not subject to Federal estate tax and you may be able to receive an income tax deduction for your premium payments.

Retirement Plans
Your IRA, 401k, 403b, or other retirement plan is a wonderful way to leave a lasting legacy that will benefit DV survivors and at-risk children in DC. You can name DCVLP as a full or partial beneficiary on a “change of beneficiary form.” Did you know that retirement plans left to individuals or family trusts are some of the most heavily taxed upon death — up to 70% of your plan’s value could be lost to taxes. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, DCVLP receives these same assets free of all taxes.

Securities
Gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds and other securities you own for at least one year are eligible for your charitable income tax deduction based on their fair market value on the gift date, and no capital gains tax is due on the appreciated value.

IRA Gifts

Retirement Plans
Your IRA, 401k, 403b, or other retirement plan is a wonderful way to leave a lasting legacy that will benefit DV survivors and at-risk children in DC. You can name DCVLP as a full or partial beneficiary on a “change of beneficiary form.” Did you know that retirement plans left to individuals or family trusts are some of the most heavily taxed upon death — up to 70% of your plan’s value could be lost to taxes. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, DCVLP receives these same assets free of all taxes.

Matching Gifts

Did you know you can significantly increase the impact of your gift through your employer? Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. If your company matches, the impact of your gift may be doubled or possibly tripled! When gifts are matched, donors often qualify for a higher Giving Circle category such as the Amplifying Voices Society.

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a way you can support DCVLP every time you shop with Amazon, at no additional cost. When shopping at smile.amazon.com, you will find the same Amazon you know and love, with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the eligible purchase price to DCVLP.

If you prefer to shop using a web browser:

  1. Visit smile.amazon.com
  2. Sign in with the same account you use for Amazon.com
  3. Select DC Volunteer Lawyers Project as your current charity
  4. Start shopping! Remember to checkout at smile.amazon.com to generate donations for DCVLP.
    Tip: Add a bookmark to make it easier to shop at smile.amazon.com.

If you shop using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app
  2. Navigate to the main menu (=)
  3. Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile”
  4. Select DC Volunteer Lawyers Project as your current charity and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app
  5. Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for DCVLP.

    Note: The tablet app is not yet supported. Please visit smile.amazon.com/onthego to learn more.