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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 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

  • June 2023Wordle to support DC Scores

    Employees put their word knowledge to the test by playing a customized BW Wordle game to support DC Scores.

    Group of colleagues sitting around computer smiling, playing Wordle.
  • May 2023Bread for the City donation drive

    Employees donated hundreds of clothing items and other supplies to Bread for the City.

    A cardboard box with Donations written on it is full of colorful, folded clothing
  • July 2023Balloon wars and trivia to support Innovations for Poverty Action

    Summer Consultants raised over $15,000 after hosting trivia and holding a week-long balloon wars initiative for Innovations for Poverty Action.  

    One man and one women inside an office, standing waste high in balloons that fill the room; they are each holding a few balloons and smiling.
  • July 2023Anacostia Watershed Society volunteer day

    Employees participated in a Habitat Restoration Workday at Heurich Park to support the Anacostia Watershed Society's restoration goals.

    A group of adults walking together outside in casual clothing; they're walking across green grass; a clear blue sky is above them and there are trees ahead and around them.
  • August 2023Employees compete in annual Throwdown cook-off

    Employees went head-to-head in cooking their favorite dishes to support Higher Achievement.

    Two smiling young women stand together on one side of a buffet table. On the other side, several men and women are lined up serving themselves foods.

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