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Pro bono work

Through our pro bono program, employees identify and bring forward projects for nonprofits they are passionate about. We are helping organizations maximize their impact, increase efficiencies, and uncover new or better ways for them to make a difference. It’s a win-win!


Organizations we partner with

  • Children's Law Center

    For several years, Bates White has been analyzing the DC Council’s agency-level budgets for Children’s Law Center (CLC). These budgets can be difficult to interpret and are typically released only a week before the Council begins budget hearings. Bates White’s analysis of the budget identifies key trends in the budget and facilitates the formation of CLC’s strategy in advocating for some of the city’s most vulnerable populations during the budget hearings.

  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law

    A Bates White team prepared a report containing a literature review of academic research on payday, vehicle title, and high-cost installment loans. The report summarizes who uses these loans, how lenders target low-income and minority communities, the potential negative outcomes associated with accessing these loans, and the potential lack of understanding by consumers of the terms of and risks associated with these loans. Findings in the report are referenced prominently in the Lawyers’ Committee’s comment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau arguing to keep the then current rules governing payday lenders in place.

  • Bread for the City

    On behalf of Bread for the City (BFTC), Bates White analyzed how anonymous recipients used debit gift cards from BFTC's Holiday Helpings program during the pandemic. BFTC is interested in understanding if this type of direct financial aid is more effective than other forms of assistance. Bates White presented to BFTC’s Board, sharing findings on the types of stores their clients frequented, where in and around Washington, DC, the clients were using the funds, and how purchase patterns differed when clients received physical versus electronic cards. BFTC will use this information to help inform their strategic decision-making process for the subsequent year’s program, as well as other forms of future assistance.

  • Higher Achievement

    Bates White completed an analysis for Higher Achievement regarding the fee-for-service landscape in Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Richmond area schools, areas where Higher Achievement operates. The team conducted interviews with senior leaders from a number of nonprofits that offer services similar to Higher Achievement, as well as with Higher Achievement staff. They also analyzed data on funding contracts to supplement their interview findings to help determine whether fee-for-service contracts with individual schools might be a sustainable funding source for Higher Achievement.

Recent pro bono analysis

  • August 2022Pro bono analysis of educational interventions

    Our team conducted a pro bono analysis for Give Girls A Chance of cost-effective, high-impact interventions to improve educational outcomes for girls in Nigeria.

    Give Girls a Chance students
  • June 2022Analysis of education landscape for Higher Achievement

    Bates White completed an analysis regarding the fee-for-service landscape in Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Richmond area schools to see if that could be a sustainable funding source for Higher Achievement.

    Seven men and women stand in front of neon Higher Achivement sign
  • February 2023Bates White develops interactive evaluation tool for DC Greens

    Through its pro bono program, Bates White has partnered with DC Greens to evaluate the effectiveness of its Produce Rx Program.

    Variety of vegetables

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