Fund a Need
Help balance the scales of justice for those who cannot afford an attorney
Q. What is Legal Aid’s ‘Fund a Need’ initiative?
A. Fund a Need allows you to earmark a personalized donation to be used to support the work of Legal Aid in a specific need category, that is important or meaningful to you.
Q. What are these client need categories I can donate to support through Fund a Need?
A. Currently, there are 6 need categories to choose from:
- Protecting at-risk children from abuse, neglect, or abandonment in Dependency and Family Law Court.
- Obtaining healthcare and income benefits for seniors, veterans, and the disabled.
- Providing children with special needs the educational supports and services they need to learn.
- Protecting the human rights of immigrants from human trafficking, violent crime, and family separation.
- Preventing homelessness by defending families from eviction or foreclosure, or substandard housing.
- Keeping domestic violence survivors safe through Injunctions for Protection against abusers.
Q. How do I donate?
A. Simply click on the hyperlink of the need category of your choice above and you will be taken to a secure site to make your donation through PayPal. You can also mail a check payable to “Legal Aid Service of Collier County”, and send your donation to our mailing address: Legal Aid Service of Collier County, 4436 Tamiami Trail East, Naples FL 34112. Please write “Fund a Need’ on the notation line of your check and the need category selected (ex. “Fund a Need – Domestic Violence”).
Q. What size donation is required for Fund a Need?
A. There are no specific requirements, we welcome donations of any amount. You can select the amount you wish to give. For guidance, suggested donation amounts include $50, $100, $250 and $500.
Q. Will my donation be recognized publicly?
A. Yes, all donations (unless you wish to make your donation anonymous) will be acknowledged on a special recognition page, listing all donors, gift amount, and the need category chosen. For example, “Protecting at risk children from abuse, abandonment or neglect – John Doe – $250”.
Q. How specifically will the donation be used by Legal Aid?
A. The donation will be applied as unrestricted funding to Legal Aid to be used to support the costs of operating the specific unit within Legal Aid handling cases in the need category selected and staff members supporting the efforts of that unit.
Q. Why has Legal Aid created the Fund a Need initiative?
A. The demand for our critically important free legal services continues to rise, while traditional funding sources for Legal Aid such as Interest on Attorney Trust Accounts (IOTA) continues to decline. Your support is vitally important to ensure that Legal Aid is able to assist all clients in need, particularly on matters which affect their safety, health, or minimum economic security such as shelter. Legal Aid in 2016 served a record number of clients, over 3,590, an increase of approximately 70% since 2010. Funding from traditional sources has declined, like IOTA through the Florida Bar Foundation to Legal Aid programs statewide which has fallen by 80% since 2010.
Q. How can I learn more about supporting Legal Aid?
A. Please feel free to contact Legal Aid’s Director of Development, Jeff Ahren, at (239) 298-8130 or by email.