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Donate: Your donation to Bay Area Legal Services supports our efforts to provide free civil legal services to thousands of low-income individuals and families in the Tampa Bay area. Donate now.

Contributions to Honor or Celebrate: Honor a loved one, pay tribute to a friend or colleague, or mark a special occasion with a donation to BALS. An acknowledgement of your gift can be sent to the person you designate. Donate now.

Employer Matching Gifts: You can increase your contribution to BALS through an employer matching gift. If you work for a company that matches gifts, notify your employer of your donation to BALS so that your contribution can be enhanced. To find out if your employer matches, check with your human resources representative, or contact BALS’ Development Office at 813.232.1222 ext. 131.

Legacy Giving: What is your legacy? You can provide access to justice for generations by including BALS in your estate planning. Click here for more information.

William Reece Smith, Jr./ BALS Endowment Fund: BALS established the William Reece Smith, Jr./BALS Endowment Fund through the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to maintain services to our clients in the event of a significant reduction or loss of funding. The fund enables us to continue providing quality legal assistance in our community even in challenging economic times. A contribution to our endowment fund demonstrates your belief in our mission and reflects your commitment to ensuring the continued availability of legal services to our clients. Click on the links for more information about the fund and to make a donation.

Veterans Legal Initiative Endowment Fund: To ensure more local veterans receive the legal help they need, BALS has established the Veterans Legal Initiative Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. A donation to the endowment will support our efforts to build and sustain our veterans' legal services. Click here for more information and to make a donation. 

Events and Sponsorships: Our Development Team organizes and coordinates events throughout the year to educate new supporters about BALS and raise funds for our work. Join us at one of our upcoming events to learn more about BALS, or to show your support for us. Consider being a sponsor for one of our events. 

The Collective: Join us at one of our bi-monthly networking events hosted by The Collective. Learn more about joining the group.

Donor Recognition: BALS success and growth would not be possible without the support of our dedicated donors:

Legacy for Justice Society: Join our Legacy for Justice Society and play a role in the future of legal aid in our community. Become a member of this planned giving society and support our legal assistance programs and initiatives by including a contribution to BALS in your will, trust, or estate plan.

Pearl Society: Support BALS by joining the Pearl Society, a collaborative network of philanthropic women who use their collective contributions to benefit and support women in need.

Sustaining Law Firm Campaign: Become a Sustaining Law Firm by committing to donate a minimum of $350 per year for each attorney in your firm.

Inkind Contributions: Help us stretch our limited financial resources by making a non-monetary gift to BALS. Your contribution of goods, equipment, or services will enable us to better serve our clients, support our staff, and enhance our fundraising events.

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