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Donate now to fight poverty and provide justice for ALL Californians.

Our work is sustained through private donations from individuals like you, foundation grants, court-awarded attorneys’ fees, and cy pres awards. We receive no federal funding.

Each dollar donated to the Western Center results in $81 in services and benefits for low-income Californians.


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Making a gift of stock gives you the chance to realize tax benefits while helping further our mission to advocate and fight on behalf of the most vulnerable.  Stock and other securities that have appreciated in value is one of the most popular assets used to make charitable gifts, once it has been held for a minimum of a year.  You may instruct your broker to transfer securities for charitable contribution to our Western Center account by filling out a stock transfer form.

For more information or to advise us of your intended transfer, please contact Stephanie Surabian, Director of Finance & Administration, at 213-235-2635 or via email at, to receive gift acknowledgement.

After the resolution of a consumer class action lawsuit, it is not uncommon for counsel to have difficulty locating class members, resulting in surplus money recovered from the defendant. A cy pres award may then be given to a non-profit organization that advances the goals of the underlying case, subject to certain rules. Western Center has been recommended and approved for several awards because of the breadth of our work which often benefits the class and advances the public interest.

Read our Cy Pres brochure to learn more.

If you or your firm is interested in designating the Western Center on Law and Poverty as a cy pres award recipient, please contact Paul Tepper, Executive Director, at 213-235-2612 or via email at

THE MIKE GREENE SUMMER INTERN FUND was established in 2010 to honor the memory, service and passion for justice of Michael Greene (1945 – 2010), Western Center’s first law school intern and cherished member of the board.

Mike came to Western Center in 1968, while a law student at USC, as our first summer clerk. After graduation from USC in 1970, Mike joined the firm of Greenberg Glusker, where he remained a partner until his untimely passing. Mike made evident his deeply held dedication to civil rights and the representation of low-income people, serving on numerous nonprofit boards and generously volunteering his time and expertise on many pro-bono cases throughout his career. In 2008, Mike rejoined Western Center as a member of our Board of Directors.

Mike’s passion for justice lives on through THE MIKE GREENE SUMMER INTERN FUND, which supports the work of Western Center on Law and Poverty. Contributions to this fund will allow us to invite law students to join the Western Center team to conduct policy, factual and legal research and draft pleadings as we fight to secure housing, healthcare and a strong safety net for low-income Californians.

Donations in Mike’s memory may be made to THE MIKE GREENE SUMMER INTERN FUND, Western Center on Law and Poverty, 3701 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 90010 or online.

A planned gift will guarantee that your passion for justice will make a meaningful and enduring difference. Planned giving can be as simple as naming Western Center on Law & Poverty as a beneficiary on an insurance policy or IRA; including us in a will or trust; or be structured in other creative ways. You may also consider a bequest of cash securities or real estate to support us into the future.

Read Our Legacy Society Brochure to learn more.

For more information contact Paul Tepper, Executive Director, at 213-235-2612 or via email at

Currently Western Center on Law and Poverty receives matches from companies such as Google, TimeWarner, and The Walt Disney Company. Your company can match your gift and many employers double or even triple charitable donations. Some companies will also match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

If your company has a gift matching program and you would like to maximize your support to us, please contact Paul Tepper, Executive Director, at 213-235-2612 or via email at to notify us of the match.

Our vehicle donation program is an easy way to support Western Center’s work advancing economic and racial justice for low income Californians AND get a deduction on your taxes.

  1. Complete and submit this form or call toll-free (855) 500-RIDE (7443).
  2. We’ll arrange to pick up your vehicle, get you a donation receipt and you will be able to deduct the gross sales price as an itemized deduction on your income taxes.

Western Center partners with Charitable Adult Rides and Services, a San Diego based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, who operates the vehicle donation program and also benefits from this donation. Western Center receives 80% of the revenue generated from the sale of vehicles, excluding transport, auction and title transfer fees.

Click here for FAQs about the vehicle donation program.