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Thank you for your interest in helping Community Legal Services ensure that low-income Arizonans have equal access to our justice system.

When you make a gift to Community Legal Services, you join others who support our efforts to provide the highest quality legal services to the low-income residents of our Arizona service areas (See Service Areas). Your generous contributions of time, expertise and financial support are of significant importance to us, and helps make our work possible.

We appreciate your interest and encourage you to contact us to learn more. There are many ways in which you can help. Please consider the following:

Working Poor Tax Credit for Community Legal Services’ Donations!

Community Legal Services is listed as a 2011 Qualified Charitable Organization by the Arizona Department of Revenue. Donations to CLS may be eligible for a tax credit! For more information, visit the Arizona Department of Revenue and click on Tax Credits/Working Poor Tax Credit or contact your financial advisor or tax preparer.

Community Legal Services will be closed December 30th and 31st . so please remember to make CREDIT CARD year–end donations (which will allow tax credits for 2011) no later than Thursday, December 29, 2011. You can mail in checks dated no later than the 31st.

If you have any questions about donations to Community Legal Services, please contact Nancy S. Guadagno at nguadagno@clsaz.org or 602-258-3434, x 2150.

Make a Credit Card Donation via PayPal

CLS accepts credit card donations made with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Card via PayPal. Click HERE to make a donation. Questions? Contact CLS’ Resource Development Office at (602) 258-3434, x2150.

 

Make a Donation via Check by Mail

Please send your donation to:

Community Legal Services, Inc.
Attention: Resource Development Office
305 S. 2nd Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85003

Questions? Contact CLS’ Resource Development Office at (602) 258-3434, x2150.

The tax identification number of Community Legal Services Inc. is 86-0166618. Community Legal Services, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

Support the Arizona Equal Justice Campaign – Arizona Equal Justice Foundation

Community Legal Services’ offers law firms and individual attorneys a tangible way to partner with the Arizona Equal Justice Foundation to provide civil legal services to low-income Arizonans. This statewide Foundation / Campaign has singularly been financially responsible for ensuing that more than 20 full time legal aid staff attorney positions throughout the state are funded by grants from this Foundation. Over 45 firms and hundreds of individual attorneys give annually, providing nearly approximately $500,000 annually to help Arizona’s low-income families. Those giving at the highest, Leadership Level, give the financial equivalent of two billable hours per attorney.

Give to the Arizona Equal Justice Campaign/Foundation

Please contact Arizona Equal Justice Campaign Director, Nancy Guadagno, at 602-258-3434 x 2150 or nguadagno@clsaz.org with any questions or to make a tax deductible contribution. The tax identification number of the Arizona Equal Justice Foundation is 86-0819036. Arizona Equal Justice Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

Direct Your Cy Pres Funds (Class Action Residuals) to CLS

The cy pres doctrine is a method of distributing a damage fund when the original purpose cannot be achieved. In class action lawsuits, if a payment of damages is to be made to class members, a fund is created. After class members’ claims are paid, a residual amount may remain, and under the doctrine of cy pres, judges and class counsel can recommend that residual funds be distributed to the “next best” use. In addition, when the amount of damages to each individual class member is too small to warrant distribution, the cy pres remedy can be used for the entirety of a statutory damage award. The concept of a cy pres award is that money will go to support a charitable purpose that is closely related to the underlying purpose of the litigation that created the award. Because it benefits those most likely to be unrepresented or underrepresented in the justice system, Community Legal Services is an appropriate recipient of cy pres funds. In addition, the work of Community Legal Services benefits the broader society by ensuring that the justice system itself remains fair and equitable. For more information on cy pres awards, please contact the Resource Development Office at (602) 258-3434.

Support CLS through Planned Giving

Equal access to justice for all, regardless of income, is one of our most deeply held values, and part of the very fabric of our society. When you support Community Legal Services through your will or with another kind of planned gift, you re-enforce your commitment to equal access to justice, while making a statement about your belief in the importance of community. In addition, you ensure that these values endure into the future. You also save on taxes, increase your income, and pass on more resources to your heirs, depending on the type of gift. A planned gift is particularly appropriate if you wish to make a significant contribution to CLS but cannot do so at the present time. Speak to your financial advisor about one of many planned giving opportunities.