Brooklyn A is grateful for your support!
Our Community and Economic Development, Consumer and Economic Advocacy, and Preserving Affordable Housing programs have directly impacted thousands of Brooklyn residents. For more information about Brooklyn A’s finances and community impact, please view our most recent Annual Report. If you have any questions about the donation process, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Development Team at 718-487-2300.
Make a Contribution Online
Support Brooklyn A with a fast, secure online contribution via Network for Good.
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Make a Contribution by Mail
To donate by mail, simply download the form here, print it, and mail the completed donor form with your check to this address:
Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
Attn: Development and Communications Department
260 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Support Brooklyn A through Recurring Giving
Simple and convenient, the Monthly Giving Program saves time and money. Visit our Donate Now page to start supporting Brooklyn A today.
What is the Monthly Giving Program?
Brooklyn A’s Monthly Giving Program is a simple and convenient way for donors to easily make their gift to the organization in regular monthly contributions from a debit or credit card. Your gift is spread out over the course of the year, supporting Brooklyn A all year long.
How does the program help you?
Enrolling in the program means you won’t have to worry about writing and sending a check. Monthly Giving also allows you to make your contribution at a leadership level because your gift is divided into manageable monthly increments.
How does this program help Brooklyn A?
Monthly contributions provide Brooklyn A with an on-going, reliable source of funding.
Employer Matching Gifts
A Way to Double or Triple the Impact of Your Gift
You may be able to double or even triple the impact of your gift to Brooklyn A by making a matching gift. Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. In addition, some companies will match gifts made by retired employees and/or employee spouses.
To find out if your company has a matching gift program visit your company’s human resources office. Your firm’s human resources office will also be able to provide you with a matching gift form.
If your employer requires an Employer Identification Number (EIN) (i.e. Federal Tax Identification Number), please use 13-2605599. You may mail your completed matching gift form to:
Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
Attn: Development and Communciations Department
260 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Planned Giving/Legacy Gifts
Make Justice Your Legacy with a Bequest in Your Estate Plan
When you support Brooklyn A through your will or with another kind of planned gift, you reinforce your commitment to equal access, while making a statement about your belief in the importance of community. In addition, you ensure that these values endure into the future. Practically speaking, you also save on taxes, increase your income, and pass on more resources to your heirs, depending on the type of gift. A planned gift is particularly appropriate if you wish to make a significant contribution to Brooklyn A but cannot do so at the present time.
Please include Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A in your will or through another planned giving vehicle. It’s easy to do, and doesn’t require great wealth. Some ways to make a planned gift are listed below. For more information, please contact the Development Department at 718-487-2328.
Here is more information you might want to include:
- Our legal name is “Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A”
- Our address is 260 Broadway, Suite 2, Brooklyn, New York 11211
- Our Employer Identification Number (EIN) (i.e. Federal Tax Identification Number) is 13-2605599
- We were incorporated in November, 1968
Have you included Brooklyn Legal Services in your will? If so, thank you! Please let us know. If not, please consider doing so. The easiest way of making a testamentary gift to Brooklyn A is through an outright bequest, which is a gift by will of a specific sum of money or of a specific piece of property (such as securities or real estate).
Here is sample bequest language you can use in your will:
“I hereby bequeath to Brooklyn Legal Service Corporation A, a non-profit organization located at 260 Broadway, Suite 2, Brooklyn, New York 11211, the sum of _______ dollars (or _______ percent of my residuary estate) for the unrestricted purposes of the organization.”
If you intend to include Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A in your will, but are not sure of the amount that will be available because you want to make sure that specific bequests or estate expenses are paid first, you may be interested in a residuary bequest. A residuary bequest pays specific bequests, debts, taxes, and estate expenses first. After those are paid, Brooklyn A will then receives the remainder of your estate, or a percentage of the remainder.
To include Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A in your residuary bequest, use the following language:
“I hereby bequeath the sum of _____ dollars (or _____percent) of my residuary estate Brooklyn Legal Service Corporation A, a non-profit organization located at 260 Broadway, Suite 2, Brooklyn, New York 11211.”
You can make a gift to Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, and transfer assets to your heirs, all while reducing your gift and estate taxes, by creating a Charitable Trust.
Although Retirement Plan assets are exempt from income and estate taxes if you leave them to your spouse, they are subject to steep income and estate taxes if you leave them to other non-charitable heirs. You can do much more with these assets by designating them to Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A.
Make A Gift From Your IRA: The Charitable IRA Rollover!
If you are age 70½ or older, new legislation allows you to make a gift of up to $100,000 a year from your traditional or Roth IRA to Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A without incurring income tax on the withdrawal. If you want to make a charitable gift during your lifetime from your retirement assets, but have been discouraged from doing so because of the income tax penalty, this is great news. The provision is effective immediately, through December 31, 2013.
If you would like to make a gift to Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A using this option, please consult with your tax advisor first, and then call Brooklyn A at 718-487-2328. We will be able to provide you with a letter that will help communicate your intentions to your IRA custodian and/or tax advisor.
Designate Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A as the owner and beneficiary of your insurance policy. You will receive a charitable income tax deduction now, and ensure your support for equal access to justice for low-income Brooklynites at your death.
Make Brooklyn A the Recipient of a Cy Pres or Court Settlement Award
Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A (Brooklyn A) welcomes Cy Pres, as well as court settlement awards.
The cy pres doctrine is a method of distributing a damage fund when the original purpose cannot be achieved. In class action lawsuits, if a payment of damages is to be made to class members, a fund is created. After class members’ claims are paid, a residual amount may remain, and under the doctrine of cy pres, judges and class counsel can recommend that residual funds be distributed to the “next best” use. In addition, when the amount of damages to each individual class member is too small to warrant distribution, the cy pres remedy can be used for the entirety of a statutory damage award. 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.
Brooklyn A is an appropriate recipient of both Cy Pres and court approved settlement funds. Cy Pres and Court Settlement awards will support the free legal assistance Brooklyn A provides for low-income individuals and families to help them secure or preserve the most basic necessities of life – shelter, food, protection against violence, and subsistence income; in addition, the work of Brooklyn A benefits the broader society by ensuring that the justice system itself remains fair and equitable.
Awards can be unrestricted, for general support or be designated to fund legal assistance for a particular population or a specific area of Brooklyn A’s work.
- People living in poverty
- Victims of domestic violence
- Victims of consumer fraud
- Families facing destitution
- Homeless families
- Individuals with disabilities
- Low-wage workers
- Access to and preservation of affordable housing
- Access to emergency shelter
- Access to illegally denied nutritional, medical or income benefits
- Consumer fraud
- Elder rights
- Illegally denied wages
- Protection from abuse
Support Brooklyn A by Using AmazonSmile!
What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.
How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.
Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
How do I select Brooklyn A to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon Smile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.
How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, Amazon may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.
Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?
Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.