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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.


  • June 2024Bates White volunteers at GDCDB

    Colleagues packed and stacked 5,300+ diapers for the Greater DC Diaper Bank.

    A group of men and women stand together smiling and holding packs of diapers. Signage on the wall behind them reads: "Greater DC Diaper Bank."
  • June 2024Bates White supports DC SCORES

    To support local student poet athletes, employees held multiple fundraising events and sponsored a team in the DC Scores Cup.

    A group of young men and women standing and kneeling together and looking at the camera. They are wearing green shirts labeled with the words, "DC Scores Cup 2024."
  • April 2024Earth Day cleanup

    Employees volunteered at the Anacostia River Park as part of the Anacostia Watershed Society's Earth Day Cleanup.

    A group of men and women, smiling at the camera and standing together outside. They are wearing pink shirts which read: "Earth Day Cleanup."
  • April 2024Bingo for City Blossoms

    On Take Our Kids to Work Day, employees and their children played Bingo to support City Blossoms, a nonprofit that helps kids access and enjoy green spaces.

    A large group of men and women standing together and smiling at the camera. A white backdrop behind them, as well as their shirts, have the label: "Take Our Kids to Work Day."
  • April 2024Drawing and reading for LINKS

    Colleagues played Pictionary and swapped books to support LINKS, a non-profit organization focused on expanding access to education in rural areas of the Philippines.

    A group of men and women smiling at the camera. They are standing around a screen that says "LINKS" and has a picture of smiling children.
  • March 2024Cooking for a cause

    Employees cooked for families staying at the DC and Fairfax Ronald McDonald Houses.

    A man and woman standing together in a kitchen, smiling. The man holds a tray of food.

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

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