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Community Connection

At Bates White, employees decide which organizations to support and come up with creative ways to raise money and lend a hand—ranging from a dress-the-boss auction and customized Wordle competition to fielding a team for Lawyers Have Heart.


Organizations we partner with

  • Bread for the City

    Bates White supports Bread for the City with semi-annual clothing drives, donations to the Holiday Helpings Program, a wine auction, and economic analysis.

  • Children’s Law Center

    Bates White has supported Children’s Law Center for many years with fundraising efforts, gifts for the Holiday Hope Drive, and pro bono work. Fundraisers often include game show adaptations including the Not So-Newlywed game, the Price is Right, Family Feud, and the Great Bates White Bake-off. CLC named Bates White the Corporate Champion for Children six years in a row.


    To benefit DC Scores, a team of employees plays soccer in the annual DC SCORES CUP. To raise money, employees pay to play in competitions such as a week-long mini-crossword puzzle race, a music challenge, and our own customized Wordle competition. Click on the video above to learn more.

  • Higher Achievement

    For many years, employees have served as mentors in Higher Achievement centers, conducted pro bono analyses, raised money through creative competitions, and served on Higher Achievement’s leadership council. In addition, the firm has conducted pro bono analyses for Higher Achievement, such as this one that examines the school-based funding landscape where Higher Achievement operates. 

  • Hope Connections for Cancer

    Through some Halloween fun, we support Hope Connections. Employees carve pumpkins, dress their managers in crazy outfits, and take part in team costume competitions to support this cause.

Recent/upcoming Community Connection initiatives

  • January 2024Community Connection program ends 2023 strong

    BW employees continued their longstanding tradition of giving back to the community, raising more than $227,000 for 30 nonprofits.

    Two young women wearing masks, standing together and holding box cutters.
  • January 2024Employees compete to support DC SCORES

    Employees tested their wits in word-focused competitions to support DC SCORES.

    Three young men and one young woman standing together in front of a screen titled: "DC Scores 2024."
  • January 2024Bates White supports Humane Rescue Alliance

    Employees made dog toys for and donated supplies to this DC-based shelter.

    Two young women smiling and tying together blue fabric.
  • December 2023Bates White joins Walk to End HIV

    Employees support Whitman Walker Health in 5K walk and run.

    Two young women and one young man stand outside, smiling at the camera.
  • November 2023Thanks-for-Giving bonanza

    Employees combine trivia knowledge with Jenga skills to raise money for Children's Law Center.

    A man carefully removes a block from a Jenga tower, while another man watches.
  • October 2023BWCC hosted Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament to support Sisters4Sisters

    In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, employees raised funds for Sisters4Sisters, which provides a wide range of services to women and girls combatting domestic violence. 

    A group of smiling adults, most standing, one kneeling, and making rock or scissors signs with their hands.

Find out more about how Bates White gives back to the community

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