Ways To Give

The Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. All donations to LCBH are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Your donations directly benefit our general fund, or any specific LCBH program based on your designation.

Online Giving
Your secure online gift can be made by clicking here. LCBH will not share your personal information with any other organizations or businesses.

Credit Card Donations
If you prefer to make a credit card donation over the phone, please call Julie Pautsch at (312) 784-3515.

Mailing a Donation
Please help LCBH help tenants by sending your tax-deductible gift to:
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing
c/o Julie Pautsch
33 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60602

Matching Gifts
Many employers have a matching gift program which can double, or possibly triple, the impact of your generous charitable donation to LCBH. Simply request a matching gift form from your employer, complete and sign the form, and send to LCBH.

Planned Giving
Please consider remembering LCBH in your Will or Trust. The official name of the organization is Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing. LCBH’s federal identification number is 36-3134577.

The simplest way to make a planned gift is to make an outright bequest. For example, “I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, 33 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60602, the sum of $__________________.”

Residuary bequests can also be made. This provides an opportunity to make sure that specific bequests and estate expenses are paid first. The residuary bequest would provide a certain percentage of the remainder of an estate (after debts, specific bequests, estate expenses, and taxes have been paid). A residuary bequest to LCBH could state: “I hereby give, devise and bequeath all (or ___ percent) of my residuary estate to Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, 33 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60602.”

Interested in donating stock to LCBH? Or naming LCBH as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan? We are happy to work with you and your tax or estate planning professionals. For more information about bequests and other opportunities for making a planned gift or a major gift to LCBH, or to set up an appointment to discuss such a gift, please contact Julie Pautsch at jpautsch@lcbh.org or (312) 784-3515.

Cy pres Donations
Under the cy pres (French for "as close as possible") doctrine and Illinois law, residual funds from class action settlements can be distributed to organizations that indirectly benefit the class and advance the public interest. Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) is an appropriate beneficiary for such distributions of cy pres and court settlement funds.

Cy pres distributions should be "as close as possible" to the original purpose of the case. For example, in a class action involving predatory lending practices that resulted in people losing their homes, there could be a distribution of the remaining class action funds to an organization that addresses housing issues.

With cy pres and court approved settlement funds, LCBH can continue to work tirelessly on behalf of tenants, defending the rights of all people to live in safe, decent, accessible and affordable housing, and advocating in court for those who are often not heard without an advocate by their side.

Awards can be unrestricted, for general support, or can be designated to fund particular LCBH programming.

For more information about cy pres awards and other court approved settlement funds, and how you can make in impact by directing such an award to LCBH, contact Julie Pautsch at jpautsch@lcbh.org or (312) 784-3515.

LCBH event sponsorship opportunities are available at various levels ($500 - $10,000+) and can be tailored to fit your specific needs or requests.

  • Spring Fiesta
    This year we are excited to announce Spring Fiesta! For the last ten years, Hearts for Housing gave guests a wonderful opportunity to participate in a hearts tournament and raffle. This year we will be hosting a game show night! Learn more...
  • Summer Event
    Each summer, LCBH's Young Professionals Board hosts an fundraising event for new and seasoned professionals to mingle and have a good time.
    Learn more...
  • Annual Benefit
    Our Annual Benefit our major fundraising event of the year, when LCBH friends and supporters join us to honor volunteers, law firms, and other housing advocates who have made a significant contribution in the areas of affordable housing or tenant advocacy. Learn more...

To sponsorship an event or to request more information about LCBH, please contact Julie Pautsch at jpautsch@lcbh.org or (312) 784-3515.

Download our 2016 Sponsorship packet.

In Kind Donations
LCBH accepts in-kind donations of goods and services. Your business can donate a gift card or certificate to LCBH as a raffle prize for Hearts for Housing. Your company can donate goods or services to LCBH, including office equipment or pro bono legal services. In-kind donors are recognized at our events, on our website, and in our Annual Report. Interested in learning more about in-kind donation opportunities? Julie Pautsch at jpautsch@lcbh.org or (312) 784-3515.

Jeans Day
Looking for a fun way for your firm to help a non-profit organization AND offer your employees and opportunity for a casual dress Jeans Day? LCBH welcomes contributions collected from these “denim days” which offers your company or firm an opportunity to “give back”, helping LCBH provide renters with an advocate’s voice in the courtroom and offer supportive services that help to move vulnerable low and moderate income renters on the path to safe and decent housing. Questions? Please contact contact Julie Pautsch at jpautsch@lcbh.org or (312) 784-3515.

To Volunteer
Interested in volunteering at LCBH as a pro bono attorney or intern? Check out the Volunteer section of our website.

To be considered for the LCBH Board of Directors or Young Professionals’ Board, please e-mail a thoughtful cover letter and your resume to Julie Pautsch at jpautsch@lcbh.org