Ways to Support Legal Aid
The Indianapolis Legal Aid Society (“Legal Aid”) is the oldest and largest legal aid society in the State of Indiana, and one of the oldest in the country. Legal Aid has served hundreds of thousands of low income Hoosiers since it was founded in 1941.
Legal Aid is a privately funded, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, Federal ID #35-1045153, and contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. Legal Aid does not receive Legal Services Corporation government funding. Funding is provided by individuals, corporations, foundations, grants, and the United Way of Central Indiana.
We pride ourselves on being extremely efficient in providing legal services to our clients. Approximately 88% of our budget goes directly to the provision of legal services. Only 12% goes to overhead. Legal Aid is the only organization in central Indiana that provides low-income individuals immediate access to an experienced lawyer, usually within one to three business days.
Follow the link below to make a tax deductible donation online, or mail your gift to: Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, 615 N Alabama Street, Suite 122, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1497.
Ways to Support Legal Aid
There are many ways to support Legal Aid. Please consider donating online as one of the quickest and most effective ways of making a difference. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and helps so many Hoosiers. Whether outright or deferred, the tax advantages of charitable giving may be substantial. Individuals should consult with their attorneys or tax advisors to determine tax benefits when making gifts other than cash.
Provide essential support for Legal Aid services by setting up automatic donations through a credit card. You will be providing Legal Aid a stable and reliable source of funding that allows us to plan ahead. Making smaller monthly donations allows many donors to support Legal Aid at a much higher level. For example, $10 per month equals $120 a year! You can change or suspend your donation at any time.
A perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, honor someone special, or remember a loved one or friend is with a donation in their name. We’ll send a card notifying them or the family of your thoughtful remembrance. You can make your donation on-line and indicate the name of the person you are honoring at the bottom of the page. Your gift will pay tribute to someone special while supporting the important work of the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society.
Our major gift society, the Legal Aid Leadership Circle, is a powerful way for you to invest in Legal Aid’s vital services to our community. For more information on how you can become a member, along with the donor levels and benefits, please click here. And to learn more about Legal Aid’s programs and outcomes, read our brochure.
You can help an individual receive civil legal assistance by making a restricted donation to the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society. A restricted gift could also support a specific program area such as children’s guardianships or group of people such as our senior/disabled program, the Orville H. Copsey Safe Housing Initiative. Please call if you would like to discuss making a restricted gift, or make your donation on-line and indicate how you would like your donation used in the “Additional Information” text box.
the Legal Aid Legacy Fund is an important way for you to leave a lasting legacy in our community. Planned or Legacy giving is the process of making the decision – while a donor is alive – to give a charitable gift upon the donor’s passing. Proceeds from legacy gifts flow into the fund. Your annual support of Legal Aid is vital to our ongoing services and programs, and by establishing a planned gift to the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, you will help ensure we continue serving the poor well into the future. There are many types of planned gifts which offer favorable financial and/or tax benefits to the donor. Here are a few ways to make a planned gift: Remember Legal Aid in your Will; Donate Stocks; set up a Charitable Trust; donate through Life Insurance or your Retirement Plan. Legal Aid recommends that you consult an estate planning professional about these or other planned giving options.
If you wish to notify us of a Legacy or Planned Gift, please complete and submit this form online or print and mail it to Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, 615 N Alabama Street Suite 122, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. For more information on Planned Giving, click this link. And to read more about Legal Aid’s programs and outcomes, please read our brochure.
Are you required to take a distribution from your IRA? In December 2015, a permanent IRA Charitable Rollover provision became law. The legislation allows individuals age 70 1/2 or older to make tax-free gifts of up to $100,000 from a traditional IRA account directly to qualified charities. If your spouse has IRA accounts, you may each make gifts of up to $100,000 from these accounts. While you cannot claim a charitable deduction for IRA gifts, this distribution from your IRA counts towards your minimum required distribution for the account and does NOT trigger income tax for you. It is a tax-free transfer from the IRA account directly to the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society. With the recent increase in the standard deduction, giving from mandatory distributions is a tax-wise way to make charitable gifts.
In order to complete an IRA Charitable Rollover, please contact your IRA provider for exact instructions. Please allow plenty of time for the IRA administrator to provide you with the proper form and to process the charitable distribution to make sure it is completed in the calendar year you wish.
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