Ways to Give
Thank you for considering CLSMF as part of your charitable giving. By making a contribution now, you will join a team of individuals, law firms and businesses who make a difference in the lives of more than 17,500 people in Central Florida each year. There are many ways to give and we are here to make the process as easy as possible. Please email us with questions, or make a donation now!
Find a Giving Plan that is Right for You!
With CLSMF’s new connected giving platform through Harness, you are now just pennies away from supporting access to justice.
It’s easy to become a changemaker. Visit the clsmf.harnessapp.com to register and begin rounding up your purchases to the nearest dollar, donating the difference directly to CLSMF. Once you sign up with Harness, spare change from your everyday purchases will go directly to helping people in Central Florida find security and peace of mind for them and their families.
Shop Amazon Smile
An easy way to support CLSMF is to shop on Amazon Smile. If you already make purchases on Amazon.com, then check out the version of the site that gives for every dollar you spend. Now that’s shopping smart! Visit the website today and get started.
Get started now by making your tax-deductible contribution. We take most major credit cards and you will receive a receipt for your contribution by email today.
Consider making your contribution a recurring donation. By making a monthly contribution on your credit card, you help us reduce overhead costs and allow us to spend more of your dollars on delivering services to those who need it most. You can stop or modify your contributions at any time. Sign up for a recurring donation online or contact us to find out more about how you can make your dollars work harder.
Florida Bar Rule 4-6.1 provides that every member of The Florida Bar should render pro bono legal services to the poor. The professional responsibility to provide pro bono legal services to the poor may be discharged in one of two ways:
- annually providing at least 20 hours of pro bono legal service to the poor. Click here to get started!
making an annual contribution of at least $350 to a legal aid organization such as CLSMF.
Become a Sustaining Law Firm
Fulfill your annual pro bono service requirement and be recognized for your commitment to equal justice by making a contribution of $350 or more to Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida. If every attorney in your law firm donates, you can become a Sustaining Law Firm. Learn more now!
To transfer stock to CLSMF, please contact us. Transferring stock is an excellent way for you to make a donation because neither you nor CLSMF pays a capital gains tax on the appreciated value. We sell the stock immediately and you receive notification of the sale price so that you may record the full market value as a charitable deduction.
You may want to donate a fully-paid life insurance policy if you have grown children or other loved ones who no longer need this financial security. You may donate the policy to CLSMF and claim a current charitable tax deduction.
Make Plans Now for Future Gifts to CLSMF
The simplest type of planned gift is a bequest in your will. Bequests may reduce estate taxes and allow you to make a larger gift than you are able to make during your lifetime. Bequests may be:
• A percentage of your total estate;
• A specific amount of cash, stock, or real estate;
• A percentage of the remainder of your estate after other distributions are made; or
• A percentage or amount contingent on other conditions being met, such as having a loved one predecease you.
If you already have a will, your lawyer may simply add a codicil rather than re-writing your will. Suggested language is: I give and bequeath to Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc., 128 Orange Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114 (Federal Tax ID # 59-1156260).
Retirement funds are taxed as income to your heirs and may be subject to estate tax as well. If you have made other estate plans for loved ones, you may want to name CLSMF as the beneficiary of some or all of your 401(k), Keogh, or other IRA. That way these funds would pass to CLSMF tax-free and avoid an estate tax for your heirs. As with a bequest, you may designate:
• All or a percentage of your retirement account;
• A specific amount of your retirement account; or
• An amount contingent on other conditions being met, such as having a loved one predecease you.
Your attorney or your employer’s human resources department can provide you the form for designating CLSMF as a beneficiary. (Federal Tax ID #59-1156260).
You may want to make CLSMF the beneficiary of some or all of your life insurance policy if you have grown children and other loved ones who are provided for in other ways in your estate plan. Contact your attorney or your life insurance agent to obtain the necessary forms to make CLSMF, Inc., a beneficiary (Federal Tax ID # 59-1156260).
You can also make your contribution through workplace giving if your company has a United Way program.
Don’t see a way to give that fits for you? CLSMF has a tailored giving program where our development staff will work with you to find the giving program that works for you. Find out more about how CLSMF can make your dollars work for you.