Ways to Give

Last Modified: 04/04/2022

Your contribution makes a difference in the lives of people in Central Florida.

Consider for a moment . . .

  • Your child had developmental disabilities but her school refused to provide her with an appropriate education.
  • You are in your 80s, suffered an stroke, and became the victim of identity theft by a member of your own family.
  • Your spouse became violent and you were afraid for your child’s safety.
  • You adopted three special needs children and the IRS refused allow a $28,000 tax deduction.
  • A bank wrongly foreclosed on your home and you couldn’t afford an attorney.
  • You just returned from Afghanistan and your PTSD is so bad that you can’t work, but the Veterans Administration won’t respond to your requests for help.These are stories of real people living in Central Florida who thought that they had nowhere to turn. But with financial gifts from our generous supporters, CLSMF is here to help.Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida was the safety net for the child, the senior, the parent, the veteran, and all of the real people behind these stories. Our dedicated attorneys and advocates provided them with the free legal aid that they needed to get an education, find safety, save their home, and, most importantly, find peace of mind.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 20,000 people in Central Florida each year. There are many ways to give and we are here to make the process as easy as possible.


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Individual Gifts

Most contributions to CLSMF are gifts of cash. Cash gifts can be made on-line using a credit card by clicking one of the donate buttons on this page or by check made payable to Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida mailed to the following address:

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida
122 East Colonial Drive, #200
Orlando, FL 32801
Attention: Development

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 to a charitable cause for every dollar you spend.

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Transferring stock is an excellent way for you to make a donation because neither you nor CLSMF will have to pay 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.

To transfer stock to CLSMF, please contact us.

Your employer may offer a matching gift program that can leverage your contribution to CLSMF. Please check with your human resources office to determine if your employer participates in this valuable program.

Planned and Future Giving

A charitable gift annuity is a contract between a donor and a charity with the following terms: As a donor, you make a sizable gift to charity using cash, securities or other assets. In return, you become eligible to take a partial tax deduction for your donation. Plus you receive a fixed stream of income from the charity for the rest of your life.

Individuals or couples can set up a charitable gift annuity. (You are the “annuitants,” which is the specific name for beneficiaries of annuities and many insurance policies.) Depending on the charity, your annuity can be funded with cash donations, but potentially also securities and gifts of personal property. Minimum gifts for establishing a charitable gift annuity may be as low as $5,000 but are often much larger.

In addition to the income stream, annuitants may also be eligible to take a tax deduction at the time of the original gift, based on the estimated amount that will eventually go to the charity after all the annuity payments have been made. A portion of the payments you receive may also be tax-free for a period of time based on your statistical life expectancy.

For more information, visit the Fidelity Charitable webpage. (CLSMF does not endorse this company or its services. This is for reference purposes only.)

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., 122 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, Florida 32801 (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 accounts. 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).

Law Firm and Corporate Giving

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:

  1. Annually providing at least 20 hours of pro bono legal service to the poor. Click here to get started as a pro bono volunteer with CLSMF!
  2. Making an annual contribution of at least $350 to a legal aid organization such as CLSMF.

You can fulfill your annual pro bono service goals (Florida Bar Rule 4.6-1) and become a partner in equal justice in your community by making a contribution of $350 or more to Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida. If every attorney in your law firm donates, you become a Sustaining Law Firm. By making a contribution, you are joining a valued group of supporters who are affirming that equal justice should be a reality for everyone in Central Florida, regardless of their income.


Fulfill Your Pro Bono Requirement

Your firm will be able to report 100% compliance with The Florida Bar’s pro bono service goals (Florida Bar Rule 4.6-1).

Learn more about our Sustaining Law Firm project here!

Cy Pres & Court Settlements

Cy Pres (French for “as close as possible”) awards allow unclaimed settlement funds from class-action suits to be distributed to organizations that are most likely to benefit or pursue the interests of the class. Sometimes the funds are described as “residual funds.”

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is an ideal recipient for Cy Pres and court settlement awards. If you are an attorney involved in a class action lawsuit or other litigation matter that could result in a Cy Pres or court settlement award, contact us now to learn about how you can designate these funds to CLSMF and help make a difference in the lives of the thousands of residents of Central Florida that CLSMF helps each year.

Court settlement awards come about when parties in a case agree that as part of the settlement one party will make a specified dollar contribution to a specific charity and the court approves the settlement.

Because of the breadth of public interest legal work we are involved in, CLSMF is an ideal recipient of both Cy Pres and court settlement funds. Our programs provide legal aid to thousands of people on a wide range of issues throughout Central Florida. We also have a history of receiving cy pres awards.

We are flexible and adaptable. Because of our geographical scope and wide range of issues that we address, CLSMF is able to create projects that meet the objectives of a Cy Pres award. To this end, an award can be used to augment our ongoing work to advance ongoing public interest work or it can fund a specific project that addresses the issues related to the underlying litigation of that case. Call us at (407) 480-5340 or email us now to get started!