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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. Learn more about our relationship with CLC.

  • 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. 

  • 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 wanted to understand if this type of direct financial aid is more effective than other forms of assistance. Bates White shared findings with the BFTC Board 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.

  • logo for DC greens, grey and green type, all lowercase

    A Bates White team worked with DC Greens to develop a tool that provides interactive charts and statistics for enrollees in DC Greens’ Produce Rx Program. The program allows medical professionals to prescribe fresh produce for patients with diet-related chronic illnesses. The tool helps DC Greens assess the program’s efficacy and make adjustments to further help enrolled patients.

Recent pro bono analysis

  • Pro 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
  • Analysis 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
  • CLC 2023 award Judith Sandalow video

    With the firm winning the Children's Law Center's Corporate Champion for Children for the sixth year in a row, Executive Director Judith Sandalow talked about CLC's 10+ year relationship with Bates White.

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  • Bates 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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