Public Interest Law Initiative

Giving Circles

Members of PILI Giving Circles are a special group of supporters who embrace our mission and take a personal interest in our success Their gift goes farther than a simple donation – it allows PILI to better anticipate revenue in our budgeting, to better attract new donors, and to better recognize our core supporters.

Giving Circle members commit to give one of the following amounts annually each year for five years.

Giving Circle Levels:

  • $1,000 – Presiding Giving Circle
  • 750 – Justice Giving Circle
  • 500 – Magistrate Giving Circle
  • 250 – Counselor Giving Circle
  • 100 – Advocate Giving Circle

Cornerstone Society:
This special giving program specifically supports PILI’s Law Student Internship Program through the annual sponsorship of PILI Named Interns. Donors select from three commitment levels:

  • $2,750 – one school-year PILI Intern
  • 6,000 – one summer PILI Intern
  • 12,000 – two summer PILI Interns

Join Us!

To join or rejoin the Giving Circles, either:

  • Fill out the below form or
  • Contact PILI Executive Director Michael Bergmann by email or by phone at 312-832-5129.

Your commitment to us

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As a member of a PILI Giving Circle, you will be part of a special group of lawyers, judges, legal professionals, PILI Alumni, and friends of PILI who embrace our mission and take a personal interest in our success. Participating in a giving circle goes farther than a simple donation – it allows us to better anticipate revenue in our budgeting, to better attract new donors, and to better recognize you, our core supporters! As a show of our appreciation, you will receive special recognition on our website and in our annual report, as well as complimentary admission to select PILI events.

Our commitment to you

PILI uses your contributions effectively and efficiently to meet the greatest pro bono and public interest law needs in Illinois. We have a strong track record for achieving results, and we are proud to share with you both our programmatic and organizational successes. We make all forms and publications of interest to donors, including our Federal 990s, our financial statements and independent auditor’s report, and our annual reports available on our website, and we invite you to reach out to us with any questions or for additional information.

Cultivating a lifelong commitment

When you give to PILI, you make an investment in the long-term stability of public interest law and pro bono. Our programs not only help meet immediate legal aid needs, but also cultivate a lifelong commitment to public interest law in law students and lawyers. PILI provides the building blocks for participants in our programs to become leaders in public interest law and in pro bono, expanding and enhancing the availability of quality legal services for people living in poverty both now and into the future.

Need to make a change to your recurring donation? Please send us an e-mail or give us a call at 312-832-5127. With any other questions or for more information, please contact PILI’s Executive Director, Michael Bergmann, by e-mail or by phone at 312-832-5129.

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