empower communities to have their day in court
Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being. ~ Khalil Gibran
Why do we hunger and thirst for justice? Since all issues of injustice are connected, fighting one injustice puts us squarely in the struggle against every injustice. As Martin Luther King Jr. said over and over again, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” That’s why we stand in solidarity with the victims of systemic injustice, side with them, listen to their stories, then join with them to end injustice, and commit ourselves to the struggle.
The Impact Fund, founded twenty-five years ago, could have been created for exactly the moment we find ourselves in today. We’ve had landmark successes, a few of which you can read about here, but now is the time to scale up and amplify our impact for justice still further.
That’s why I hope that you will step up and support marginalized communities this year by making a donation of whatever amount is meaningful to you at this time - by completing clicking on one of the options below:
Thank you for your consideration. Your support is greatly appreciated and instrumental to our ongoing work, made all the more vital as we not only champion social justice, but defend the civil justice system from attack.
Make a tax-deductible donation to advance economic, environmental and social justice.
While you are most likely familiar with some of the Impact Fund’s high profile cases, what you may not know is that our programs empower advocates all over the country to bring important social justices cases in their own communities. Help us to be there for them! Please consider making a donation to the Impact Fund now. Click on the button below to make a one-time gift or, why not make an affordable monthly contribution, helping sustain the fight for justice and join our Social Justice League!
You may also send a check
Make checks payable to the Impact Fund and send to:
The Impact Fund
125 University Avenue, Ste. 102
Berkeley, CA 94710-1616
Make a tribute gift
The Impact Fund provides the opportunity to make a donation in honor/memory of a loved one or friend. Your tribute will be printed in our Annual Report. If your gift is for our Annual Event and meets specific amount and time deadlines, we will print the tribute in our invitation, event program, and/or on the event sponsor board. This gift can be made using your Visa or Mastercard, or with a check.
Pledge a gift
Make a commitment to give a certain dollar amount within a certain time frame or by a specific date. You can customize the distribution of your pledge to match your preferences. Contact Teddy Basham-Witherington at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-845-3473 x302 to arrange your contribution.
Arrange a matching gift with your employer
Increase the size of your gift to the Impact Fund by asking your employer to match your donation. Many employers will match or even surpass your gift with a donation of their own – please check with your company for more information on mating gift programs. Employer matching gifts may also be available to you if you are the spouse of an employee, a retired employee or the widow/widower of a retired employee.
Make a gift of stock
Donating stock is a wonderful way to help the Impact Fund continue its mission to enhance the ability of lawyers to bring public interest impact litigation in the areas of civil rights, poverty, and environmental justice. Please consult your broker for assistance when making a gift of stocks to the Impact Fund.
Arrange a planned gift (bequests, insurance policy, trusts)
Your planned or future gift integrates your generosity with your overall financial, tax, and estate planning goals to maximize benefits to both you and the Impact Fund. Planned gifts typically come from a donor’s assets rather than income – some types of gifts include:
- Wills or Bequests;
- Life Insurance; and
- Mutual Funds.
A trusted legal or financial advisor can help you develop a plan for making charitable planned gifts that compliment your current investment and estate plans. Please consult your own tax or legal advisor prior to making a planned gift to the Impact Fund.
Nominate the Impact Fund for a cy près award
The Impact Fund is an appropriate recipient of cy près awards because we are an established nonprofit foundation with a track record of administering funds, making grants (approved by a Board of Advisors composed of highly respected and diverse public interest attorneys), and preparing yearly reports of our activities. Because of our broad priorities (civil rights, poverty, and environmental justice), we can administer funds targeted to support a wide range of activities. Finally, with our low overhead, we can ensure an efficient and cost effective administration of the funds.
If you have further questions about the cy près doctrine or naming the Impact Fund as a cy près beneficiary, please contact Jocelyn D. Larkin, Executive Director of the Impact Fund.
Please note: The Impact Fund is tax-exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the the law. Individual donations are gratefully accepted and acknowledged in our annual reports.