Planned Giving


Planned giving is something to think about at any time of your life, whether you are single, married, supporting a family, working, or retired. Any charitable gift that requires forethought and planning is a form of planned giving, and each type of gift offers its own special benefits. With planned giving, you can maximize these benefits and provide for your loved ones through advantageous tax treatment under state and federal law.

Create a plan for the future with planned giving to Neighborhood Legal Services Association. Your future, the future of your loved ones, and the future of legal aid and available justice for all are part of planned giving, and by making a contribution to justice, you are also making a contribution to yourself by leaving a legacy of justice.

The Legacy of Justice Society, is comprised solely of individuals who have included NLSA in their estate plans.  If you have included us in your estate plans, please let us know of your intentions by contacting, Christine Kirby, Development Director at (412) 586-6137 or via email at

To include NLSA in your will, you may use the following:
I give, devise and bequeath to Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA), a Pennsylvania not-for-profit corporation, with offices presently located at 928 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222…

NLSA also can benefit from other planned giving opportunities such as charitable remainder trusts or charitable gift annuities and/or as a named beneficiary from insurance policies.  For more information about deferred giving, please contact Christine Kirby, Development Director at 412.586.6137 or via email at

IRA Contributions

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 allows for people aged 70 ½ to make a donation to a charity directly from their IRA. The distributions are tax-free and will avoid penalties for early withdrawal. Donors are allowed to donate up to $100,000 per year through their 401k.

This may be of great benefit if you are:

  • Age 70 ½ or older
  • Required to take a distribution from your IRA
  • Not itemizing deductions on your taxes
  • Making charitable gifts that already equal 50% of your adjusted gross income
  • Subject to the 2% rule that reduces your itemized deductions

The official registration and financial information of Neighborhood Legal Services Association may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. Federal regulations applying to NLSA require that we notify all donors that no funds can be expended by NLSA for any activity prohibited under P.L.104-134 or otherwise prohibited by 45 C.F.R. § 1600 et seq.