Riverside Legal Aid

How to Donate | How Your Donations Help

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

-- Martin Luther King, JR.


How to Donate to Riverside Legal Aid

Riverside Legal Aid is a nonprofit corporation and is identified as a 501(c)3 entity by the IRS. It is funded through grants and donations. You can help make justice more accessible to those most in need by donating to Riverside Legal Aid.

You can click the button below to donate by credit/debit card or bank draft through PayPal.

Those who have the greatest need for legal services have the greatest strikes against them. And, at a time when funding for legal services is dwindling, that need is increasing.


Riverside Legal Aid Funders:

  • IOLTA and Equal Access funds awarded by the State Bar of California
  • Attorney Admissions Funds awarded by the United States District Court for the Central District of California (Joint Bankruptcy & Federal Pro Se Self-Help Clinic)
  • Grant funds awarded by the American College of Bankruptcy & American College of Bankruptcy Foundation (Coachella Valley Services)
  • Private donations

How Your Donations Help

  • As little as $5 or $10 will go towards helping a victim of elder abuse evict an abuser from their home or get a restraining order
  • $150 will help one victim of domestic violence obtain a restraining order so that a family can live in safety without the fear of violence
  • $225 will help a client obtain a guardianship so a child can live in a stable home
  • $500 will help pay for a family law clinic assisting 5 to 7 clients obtain divorces, support or custody

Riverside Legal Aid is a non-profit 501c(3) corporation. Donations are welcomed. IRS Tax ID 95-3739865.


Cy Pres

The term "Cy Pres" comes from a French term meaning "as near as possible." So-called “cy pres” awards are designated when there are residual funds in class action lawsuits, probate matters, and other court cases that cannot be distributed to the class members or beneficiaries for a variety of reasons. Courts solve this problem by making cy pres awards available to appropriate nonprofit charitable organizations.

Riverside Legal Aid is a proper recipient of cy pres funds in California class actions according to California Code of Civil Procedure § 384. Under that law, any non-profit organization that provides "civil legal services to the indigent "is a proper recipient of cy pres funds. Riverside Legal Aid is such a non-profit organization and is therefore an appropriate designee of cy pres funds for almost any type of class action in California state court.

These funds make a significant difference in the lives of low-income Riverside County Residents who desperately need free legal assistance for safety, shelter, and well-being.