You did it!
Thank you for your donations! The 2017 Keystone Society campaign is complete. You made it possible to raise $101,075 toward civic education and civil legal aid in Indiana this year. See who else participated here.
You ensured that students learn about the U.S. Constitution and the American judicial process. You helped Hoosiers who cannot afford a private attorney find representation through a local legal aid nonprofit.
“This class has changed the way I view not only the American political atmosphere, but also my life. The time required to research and practice I feel has positively impacted me in all of my classes and will go on to aid me in college and my future career. The most rewarding part of the class is starting from nothing and within several months being able to sit across from judges, lawyers, etc. at the state competition and hold your own/push back against their follow up questions. That moment exemplified the teamwork, dedication, and commitment I have experienced in We the People.”
-- Dominic Restivo, Plainfield High School Senior, former We the People team member
Do you want to ensure more Hoosiers get the help they need?
Join the Keystone Society. A monthly donation of just $84 (for 12 months from October 2017 through September 2018) will ensure more Hoosiers receive free legal advice or assistance through nonprofits providing civil legal aid.
What will my donation do?
- Help students participate in regional, state and national civics competitions for We the People: the Citizen & the Constitution and the Indiana High School Mock Trial programs to learn critical thinking, teamwork and public speaking skills
- Educate teachers in civil rights history and teaching tools through professional development
- Launch the 2017 Indiana Civic Health Index
- Grow the We the People program by 10%, especially among high-poverty schools
- Expand Indiana’s High School Mock Trial program to more regions
- Relaunch the Indiana Free Legal Answers website with a better infrastructure for volunteers and the public
Your monthly donation will create a ripple effect throughout the state. It will ensure more students may compete in the Indiana High School Mock Trial Competition. Regional and state competitions require hundreds of volunteers. Your monthly donation ensures almost 4,000 students have a life-changing experience.
Your donations add up!
Want to do more? Your donations accumulate to show how much you value you placed on the civic education and civil legal aid mission.
Partner - $1,000
Counselor - $2,000
Advocate - $5,000
Barrister - $10,000
New to the Legal Profession?
A $500 annual contribution, unrestricted, will qualify anyone who has practiced five or fewer years.
“As a lawyer the job is to know what one is talking about. Lawyers must also be able to maintain their composure throughout frustrating objections and crosses from the opposing counsel. As a witness the job is to make the testimony more believable than the other team’s. It would be impossible to do so if, as a witness, someone sounded like they had no idea what they were talking about or if they seemed juvenile. No matter what, no matter how frustrating it can be, no matter how well or how poorly it is going, professionalism must be maintained.”
-- Indiana High School Mock Trial Competitor
Thank you for helping Hoosiers succeed.
Succeed in civic education.
Succeed in legal matters regardless of their ability to pay.
Succeed because the legal community made it possible for them to succeed.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Keystone Society?
It is a way to be recognized annually for your leadership support of the mission. Membership shows you are someone who recognizes the importance of civic education and civil justice. Your donations are unrestricted so they can be applied to the areas of greatest need annually.
Is an annual donation required?
The Keystone Society is a form of recognition for annual giving. Whatever you decide to donate is a welcome addition to the services provided for students, teachers, and those who benefit from civil legal aid services.
What is the minimum donation?
Donors who give $84 a month from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018 will achieve Partner status in the Keystone Society. For that you will receive certain recognition and Hoosiers will find more opportunities for civic education and civil legal aid. You may make your donation through your bank or on our safe, secure donate page.
Deferred Giving through the Cornerstone Society
When you use your charitable gift to establish an endowment, the gift is invested with two goals: to make the principal grow faster than inflation and to provide income for the designated program. The principal is never touched, and any earnings over a certain amount—usually five percent—are channeled back into the fund to grow it. Well-managed endowments can generate income indefinitely and therefore allow donors to establish a legacy.
We have established several endowed funds that are restricted to mission-centered purposes. These restricted endowed funds include law-related education, access to justice, and initiatives to improve the legal system. Find a list of the various Cornerstone Society funds here.
The Foundation also encourages donors to consider sponsoring named fund initiatives. These funds may be created by individuals, firms or others interested in promoting the advancement of justice. These named funds direct assets to the Foundation in the form of cash or securities, bequests, gifts of real property, life insurance, or by life income arrangements. All of these named funds will be publicly designated and grants may be awarded when the fund reaches a minimum of $10,000. Annually, the distinguished roster of named funds will be published in the Annual Report of the Foundation. All donors to the Foundation by bequest or life income arrangement will be honored as Legacy members of the Cornerstone Society.
For information on alternative ways to give, including gifts by will, life insurance, stock, and securities, click here. For more information, please read our gift acceptance policy. Contact Theresa Browning at email@example.com or (317) 269-7864.