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VIP offers multiple ways for donors to contribute. We depend on the generosity of both individuals and organizational donors.
If you do not see an option below that works well for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly to explore a customized approach.
VIP uses Give Lively for secure processing of online donations via either credit card or bank account withdrawal. Our online giving portal has a range of functions, including setting up a recurring donation, making a donation in honor of a friend or loved one, and creating a peer-to-peer fundraising page. Please visit our donation page to make a gift today.
To make a donation by check, please make the check payable to “Philadelphia VIP” and mail it to:
Attention: Executive Director
1500 JFK Blvd, Suite 1850
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Many employers will match – in full or in part – the charitable donations made by their employees, employee’s spouses, and retired employees. When you make a gift to VIP, please take a minute to find out if your employer will match it.
Please contact us if there is any information – such as VIP’s tax identification number (it’s 23-2210390) and documentation of our 501(c)(3) status – we may provide to help complete a match.
VIP is most grateful to receive donations of stock. Please follow this two-step process to complete a stock transfer electronically or by mail:
Step 1: Complete VIP’s Stock Transfer Form and return it as specified. This will notify us that you intend to donate stock.
Step 2: Initiate the stock transfer electronically or by mail with your brokerage firm. VIP’s brokerage information is noted on the Stock Transfer Form.
VIP is a designated recipient for contributions made through the United Way. To donate to VIP through a United Way campaign, please use VIP’s United Way Donor Option #7763.
When making a grant recommendation through your DAF account, search for Philadelphia VIP either by name or by VIP’s tax identification number 23-2210390. If you want to designate your gift to a specific purpose, such as Homeownership or Small Business, enter that designation by the method your account supports. The DAF administrator will distribute funds to Philadelphia VIP with a cover letter that includes your designation.
Create a Facebook fundraising campaign to celebrate your birthday, #GivingTuesday, or other special events.
For organizational donors, VIP offers substantial benefits designed to complement the donor’s strategic marketing objectives and provide a strong return on investment. Please email us to discuss upcoming sponsorship opportunities that might be a good fit for your organization.
Attorney fees: In November 2019, VIP Board Member Anthony Baratta made a pledge to donate to VIP 1% of every dollar he earns representing seriously injured clients. Inspired by Tony’s generosity, we encourage other trial lawyers to consider making a similar commitment. Your donation to VIP is tax-deductible, will be leveraged many times over due to our volunteer-driven service model, and, as Tony explains eloquently, helps “ensure that a competent lawyer will be there to fight for a [low-income] family at no cost.”
Referral fees: If you are a volunteer attorney with VIP and are entitled to a referral fee for a fee-generating/non-VIP matter, you may have the opportunity to double the impact of a donation to VIP. Please contact us for more information.
Arbitration fees: If you volunteer as an arbitrator in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, you have an opportunity to donate your honorarium to legal services organizations, including VIP. When you volunteer at the Arbitration Center, 1601 Market Street, Philadelphia, you’ll receive a letter introducing you to the program – which is administered by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation (the charitable arm of the Philadelphia Bar Association) and a form to fill out. To donate your fee to VIP, simply fill out this form at the beginning of your day of service.
A wide range of costs – e.g., court reporter services, real estate appraisal, and process service – arise in VIP’s pro bono cases, just as in fee-generating matters. While some volunteer attorneys have the capacity to cover these costs, not all do. Accordingly, we welcome in-kind donations from VIP’s community of supporters to enable volunteers to provide our low-income clients with the full sweep of services needed for a particular case.
Through a planned gift to VIP, you will help expand access to justice over the long-term, and give a significant boost to our efforts seeking funds from other sources. The gift may be of any amount, and may be designated for whatever purpose (ongoing operating needs, generating investment income, for a particular program) you determine. To discuss additional options for planned giving, including naming rights and other visibility opportunities, please contact us.
As you consider planned giving options for supporting VIP, we encourage you to seek the advice of a financial advisor, estate planning attorney, and/or a certified public accountant, including to discuss the potential tax implications.
The most straight-forward way to make a planned gift to VIP is by making a bequest (i.e., a gift made after the donor’s estate is settled) in your Will. The bequest can be a specific amount of money, another asset, or a percentage share of the residuary estate (i.e., the amount remaining in the estate after specific allocations are made).
Naming “Philadelphia VIP, Inc.” as a beneficiary on a new or an existing life insurance policy can be a cost-effective way to make a major git to VIP.
Retirement plans such as an IRA, 403(b), or 401(k) may also be a mechanism for making a planned gift to VIP. Please contact your plan administrator for additional information about how to designate VIP (“Philadelphia VIP, Inc.”) as a beneficiary for a portion of your retirement plan assets, according to the conditions you select.