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Thank you for your donation to help advance our mission, Equal Justice for All. SLC does not receive funds from any federal, state or local governmental entity. This allows us our independence in order to challenge institutional inequities. Your philanthropic partnership is therefore extra important.
SLC is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions to SLC are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. A copy of official registration and financial information may be obtained by calling the Florida Division of Consumer Services within the state at (800) 435-7252.
There are several ways that you can contribute and help us continue working on important issues.
Pay with a credit card through our secure site. (Unrestricted General Fund)
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Send a check today! Just print and complete the SLC Contribution Form and mail it with your contribution.
Contact SLC to donate in any of the following ways. Contact us or call us at 352-271-8890.
Cy Pres Awards to Southern Legal Counsel, Inc.
In class action cases that have settlement funds or money judgments, there often remains unspent money because not all plaintiff class members can be found. Cy pres awards provide a method for distributing the remaining money from the common fund. Cy pres awards distribute the unclaimed funds to their next best use to indirectly benefit the plaintiff class.
As a Florida statewide not-for-profit public interest law firm, SLC is committed to the ideal of equal justice for all and the attainment of basic human and civil rights. SLC assists individuals and groups with public interest issues who otherwise would not have access to the justice system and whose cases may bring about systemic reform. SLC uses a range of strategies to achieve its goals, including impact litigation, policy advocacy, and training and technical assistance to lawyers, lay persons and organizations.
Class actions are about access to justice as a method of grouping people together when, as individuals, they cannot meaningfully pursue their claims. Directing residual class action funds to support Southern Legal Counsel to provide access to justice for those who do not have access makes sense given the underlying principle of the cy pres doctrine. For class actions that involve children, health, nursing homes, housing, education, and persons with disabilities, SLC is especially appropriate as a cy pres recipient as we serve these special populations.
If you are involved in a class action case with potential unclaimed funds, please consider Southern Legal Counsel as a cy pres recipient. When a cy pres award is channeled to SLC, you can rest assured the funds will be used in a manner consistent with the intent of the award. And you can make a significant difference in the lives of Floridians who desperately need free civil legal assistance to obtain necessary health and education services, stay in their homes, not be arrested for life-sustaining activities, and generally secure more peace of mind. We can assist in drafting Rule 23 fairness memos, settlement language and other documents regarding a cy pres award.
Gifts of appreciated securities.
By donating appreciated stocks or other securities, you can avoid capital gains tax as well as receive an income tax deduction for your contribution.
Commemorative or memorial gifts.
Make a gift to SLC to celebrate a special occasion or to honor or show your appreciation for a relative, teacher, colleague or friend. We will be happy to send an individualized recognition of your contribution with or without mention of the amount given as you wish.
Planned gifts can help you achieve both your financial and philanthropic goals. Would you like to earn a fixed income for life? Do you have problems with capital gains? Through a planned gift, you can also earn deferred income for retirement or pass on assets to heirs. You can help us assure equal access to the judicial system for the poor by consulting your attorney or tax consultant about charitable trusts, insurance policies or through a bequest to SLC.
SOUTHERN LEGAL COUNSEL, INC., A NON-PROFIT FLORIDA CORPORATION, IS REGISTERED WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION, #CH13498, AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE, OR ONLINE AT WWW.800HELPFLA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. SLC IS A FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED 501(C)(3) ORGANIZATION, TAX I.D. #59-1726382.
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