Although Rappahannock Legal Services is a nonprofit, we still have all of the overhead and legal expenses of a law firm while continuing to provide top level care to the underprivileged. This provides for an interesting challenge as it takes more funding than we usually have to provide these office supply basics. Our new program director is a super saver and is extremely good at clipping coupons. This has slashed operating costs considerably but the funding gap is still there. We appreciate any non-monetary, in-kind donations that individuals and private businesses can provide to help us cover the cost of everyday operating expenses. While these donations cover only a fraction of the operating costs, they allow us to spread our scarce resources into other places allowing more people benefit from our services.
Our current wish list:
Office equipment (late model scanners, laptops, printers, shredders, copiers)
Office supplies (ink, paper, etc.)
High-dollar items to sell at our silent auction/raffle fundraisers
Rappahannock Legal Services, Inc. (RLS) is a 501(C )(3) nonprofit organization and is also certified to offer tax credits under the Virginia Neighborhood Assistance Act. RLS is registered as a charitable organization under the Virginia Solicitation of Contributions Law; a financial statement is available from the State Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services upon request.
Pro Bono and monetary donations are tax deductible under federal law. In addition, annual monetary, pro bono, office space and office equipment donations of $1,000 or more may entitle the donor to a 40% (65% after 7/1/2012) state income tax credit against business tax liability. Pro Bono attorney representation is valued at $125 per hours for purposes of state income tax credits. Personal monetary donations between $500 and $50,000 may also qualify for 40% (65% after 7/1/2012) state income tax credits against individual tax liability.
Private donations over the years have helped sustain RLS’s daily operations. We deeply appreciate the generosity of individuals and organizations in the communities we serve.