Since its founding in 1967, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley has relied on the assistance of generous individuals, foundations and corporations to help support our mission of providing free legal representation in non-criminal matters to poor and low-income people throughout the lower an dmid-Hudson Valley.
Rising demand for our services and shrinking government support means that there are still many people who are not yet receiving our help.
- – Because we are all just one illness or tragedy away from a life-changing challenge.
- – Because the people we serve are our neighbors… our brothers and sisters… our friends… and they need help at scariest times of their lives.
- – Because your support will make a positive difference in the lives of tens of thousands of individuals who could otherwise lose a basic necessity of life.
- – Because the number of people in need of our assistance is growing at a time when government support is shrinking.
- – Because failure to help vulnerable populations will impose considerable costs on governments, communities and taxpayers in the future.
- – Investing in legal services is a powerful and immediate way to address the urgent needs of individuals in crisis right here in our own communities.
WAYS TO GIVE
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt not-for-profit organization and has been classified as a publicly supported charitable organization under Section 501(a)1 of the Internal Revenue Code. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Cash Contributions: Cash gifts can be made by check payable to: Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and sent to: Development Office, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley,90 Maple Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601.
Credit Card Contributions: We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards. Use our donations page.
Pledged Contributions: If you would like to divide your pledge over a period of time, we would be happy to facilitate that process for you. Pledges can be made monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually; we would be pleased to send you reminder notices.
Commercial Partnerships Your firm or business can make equal justice possible by making in-kind donations, such as legal, IT or other professional support or giving a percentage of your revenues.
Gifts of Stock: Gifts of appreciated securities can provide donors with excellent tax advantages, as there are no capital gains taxes on the appreciation.
Matching Gifts: Many corporations match their employee’s charitable contributions. This is an excellent way for current and retired employees and their spouses to double or triple their gift! Your human resources office will have the necessary forms to apply if you work for a company with a matching gift program.
Memorial/Tribute Contributions: If you would like to honor or memorialize someone through a contribution to Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, we would be delighted to help you. We will send an acknowledgement letter to the person or family you wish to honor, letting them know you have made a contribution. The amount of your gift is not mentioned unless you wish it to be.
Foundation and Corporate Giving: Many of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley’s programs are supported by generous contributions from foundations and corporations. Areas in need of funding include housing, elder law, benefits, children’s advocacy, domestic violence, protection and advocacy for people with disability.
Planned Giving: Planned giving is a technique that can allow you to make a meaningful charitable gift that benefits the long-term financial strength of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, while obtaining significant tax advantages for yourself (Please consult with your professional advisor when considering making a charitable planned gift). Some of the vehicles available include:
- – Bequests: A bequest is when you put Legal Services of the Hudson Valley in your will and designate a portion of your estate or a specific gift to it.
- – Life Insurance: You can designate Legal Services of the Hudson Valley the beneficiary or co-beneficiary of a life insurance policy, which can provide charitable deductions for your estate.
- – Life Income: There are several types of Life Income Instruments. Contributors benefit by receiving valuable income provided by the capital involved for the life of the trusts. Some of the instruments are remainder trusts, lead trusts, unitrusts and annuity trusts.
- – Property: Gifts of appreciated property can provide your estate with a deduction for the full market value and avoid costly capital gains taxes.
We truly appreciate donations at all levels.
Here are examples of what your donation will pay for:
- – $10,000 Bring 10 families to safety through the work of our Domestic Violence attorneys securing Orders of Protection and child custody.
- – $5,000 Help 5 severely disabled children secure the services they need to thrive and survive, in school and in life.
- – $2,500 Assist 2 Hudson Valley residents experiencing devastating illness to avoid homelessness.
- – $1,000 Protect a vulnerable senior from an abusive relative, dishonest landlord or scam artist.
- – $500 Support our Veterans Unit, securing rightful benefits for those who have served, saving them from homelessness and destitution.
- – $250 Help a family avoid foreclosure and keep the home they worked for all their lives.
- – $100 Ensure professional legal advice for those who have nowhere else to turn.
- “I am very grateful for you having been there for me and have no doubt you have done a lot to help others as well. As a token of my gratitude, and also as a way to contribute something to your good work, I have enclosed a check… as a donation.” – Client Donor
- “I know that my small donation does not come anything near the compensation that you and LSHV deserve but perhaps it will help you continue with assistance for others in need.” – Client Donor
- “I proudly support the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. Without Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, many low income individuals would have nowhere to go because they could not afford legal representation. Providing access to justice is an invaluable service to our community. Thank you for all that you do!” – Mellany Bagtas, CFP®, CRPC®, VP, Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch
- “Legal Services of the Hudson Valley does exceptional work for the community and the Marist College Paralegal Program values our relationship with this organization. Legal Services provides internship opportunities for our Paralegal Program students so they can assist those in need, gain experience and also have the opportunity to enhance peoples’ lives.” Donna Tompkins, Assistant Director, Paralegal Program, Marist College
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) is committed to maintaining the privacy of our website visitors and donors and maintaining the confidentiality of your personal information.
LSHV collects and uses personal information such as name, address, phone number, and email address when a donor voluntarily provides such information to our organization. In addition, LSHV keeps a record of each donor’s giving history to our organization. This information is used to process and acknowledge donations; register attendance at events or meetings; respond to any information requests you may have; prepare required IRS filings; and analyze overall giving patterns in order to make more accurate budget projections.
LSHV does not sell, trade, or share its donor list with any other organization, although it does publish a general list of contributors in its Annual Report and website each year as well as include information as required in its IRS filings. All personal information provided to us is stored in databases located on servers which are behind firewalls and all donations made online are encrypted using the latest in encryption technology.
LSHV strives to keep donors informed about how donations are used and their importance for continuing our programs. We send several mailings a year, as well as conduct bi-weekly email campaigns designed to achieve this purpose as well as invite financial support. Most of our supporters want to receive all of our mailings, newsletters and emails. You may opt out of any and all mailings and emails by contacting our Development Department at 914-949-1305 ext 175.
There are opportunities to invest in any of the programs mentioned above. If you have any questions about WAYS TO GIVE or wish to contribute, please contact Tom Gabriel, Chief Development Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (914) 949-1305, ext. 160, to make arrangements.
A copy of our 501(c)(3) charitable status may be obtained, upon request, from Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, or for our Annual Report, from the NY State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.