“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

~ Dr. Seuss, “The Lorax”

This work cannot be done without you. We receive no government funding and depend on the support of individual donors like you. We need your partnership to make justice a reality for those who have struggled with the injustice of homelessness.

guidestarThe Legal Clinic (Tax ID 52-1545522) is a 501(c)3 organization; donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Catalogue for Philanthropy

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Over 120 experts in the local philanthropic field reviewed nearly 200 applicants for “distinction, merit, and impact.” The Legal Clinic is proud to be one of only 76 organizations to be selected as “one of the best” community-based nonprofits in our region, during the 15th anniversary year of the Catalogue for Philanthropy:Greater Washington.

DM24 Keep us in mind when you do more to support service and advocacy in the DC area! Each year, thousands of your neighbors join together to make our community a better place by donating to their favorite local charity through the United Way’s Do More 24 campaign.  Please help us to do more to help make justice a reality for all.

How To Give

Click here to donate on line with your credit card or by Paypal.

To donate by mail, send your check made out to the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless to:

Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

1200 U Street, NW

Third Floor

Washington, DC 20009


With a tribute gift to the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, you can honor the important people in your life by assuring that residents of the nation’s capital who are homeless have access to counsel. Your gift will provide legal representation to individuals through our six community sites; advocacy on policy and budget issues to assure that public programs meet our clients’ needs; homelessness prevention through affordable housing preservation; support for low- and no-income community members to become engaged in the public decision-making processes that impact their lives; and so much more.

The Gift of Justice is perfect for Christmas, Hanukah, weddings, graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays or any other special occasion. Click here to make a tribute gift.

Raising the Bar

The DC Access to Justice Commission is dedicated in part to expanding the resources available for civil legal services in the District of Columbia. The goal of the Commission’s Raising the Bar in DC Campaign is to substantially increase financial support to the District’s legal services community by establishing benchmarks for law firm giving and annually recognizing and celebrating those firms that have donated at benchmark levels. The following Legal Clinic donors were participants in the 2012 Campaign:


  • BuckleySandler LLP
  • Gilbert LLP
  • Jones Day
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Klein Horng LLP
  • Mayer Brown LLP
  • McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster Foundation
  • Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
  • Zuckerman Spaeder LLP


  • Arnold & Porter, LLP
  • Bryan Cave LLP
  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • Crowell & Moring LLP
  • DLA Piper LLP
  • WilmerHale LLP


  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • Jenner & Block LLP
  • McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Miller & Chevalier Chartered
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Lawyers Pitch In (LPI)

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Since 2000, hundreds of lawyers and legal assistants from dozens of DC law firms have taken to the diamond for a charity softball tournament, showing that lawyers can “pitch in” to bring an end to homelessness. In total, LPI has raised more than $300,000 to support the Legal Clinic’s important work.

Home Court

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Since 1988, Senators and Representatives have tipped-off against the faculty and administration of the Georgetown University Law Center (GULC) in a fiercely competitive charity basketball game, organized by the GULC Law Students, to benefit the Legal Clinic.  Featuring the bi-partisan, bi-cameral Hill’s Angels and GULC’s Hoya Lawyas, Home Court has become the Legal Clinic’s primary source of financial support, with law firms and individual donors generously sponsoring the event. The 30th annual Home Court game took place in 2017, as the Legal Clinic marked 30 years of service. Since its inception, Home Court has raised over $7.8 million. No matter the final score, the Legal Clinic’s clients are the ultimate victors!

More information can be found at the Law Student’s Facebook page, or by contacting the Legal Clinic at 202-328-5500.You can support Home Court 30 by clicking here and noting “HC30” on the dedication line.



You don’t have to be a world leader or a billionaire to give back. #GivingTuesday is about ordinary people coming together doing extraordinary things.

Click here to donate on line with your credit card or by Paypal.

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To donate by mail, send your check made out to the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless to: 1200 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Many companies conduct their own charitable workplace giving campaigns. If your company has a campaign, please consider designating the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.   The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless is currently a recipient in the following workplace campaigns:

Proud Member JPG -4color_SmallGive through the United Way, by designating Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless as your recipient. Our United Way number 8472 CFC_ApprovedCharity_CMYK-(2)

Give through the Combined Federal Campaign, by designating the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless as your recipient. Our CFC number 82572


The World Bank Community Connections Campaign:

Please designate the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless workplace giving

Matching Gifts

Many companies will support the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless by matching your gift. Ask if your company has a matching gifts program.

Because the Legal Clinic assists low- and no-income clients on such a broad range of issues, there are many instances in which we would be an appropriate recipient of cy pres funds. While the judge ultimately will decide whether a cy pres award is fair and reasonable and who the appropriate recipients of that award will be, we urge counsel to consider recommending the Legal Clinic as a beneficiary. For more information, contact the Legal Clinic’s director, Patty Mullahy Fugere.
Please consider giving Stock to support the work of the Legal Clinic. Your financial advisor can discuss with you the favorable tax benefits of gifting stock to a charitable organization. Please ask your broker or agent to contact our Administrator at 202-328-5511 for DTC information.

While we hold tight to our hope that one day, no one will have to endure homelessness, we know that day is far off. Planned gifts are a special way to ensure that the Legal Clinic can remain present to our clients well into the future, until everyone has a place to call home. Bequests, insurance policies, charitable trusts and other estate planning charitable gifts can provide substantial estate-tax benefits to the donor while helping us to continue our vital work.

If you wish to learn more about planned gifts or details regarding how to make a legacy donation to the Legal Clinic, please contact your financial advisor.

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