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Our organization is able to continue its mission because of your support and generosity. By contributing to a campaign listed below, you'll help ensure that our work continues. Online donations are quick and easy using our secure credit card transactions. We welcome donations of all sizes and payment plans – whether it's a one-time gift, a monthly contribution or part of a matching gifts program.

The General Fund » Donate Online

A General Contribution will help us keep our doors open. Now, more than ever, we need your commitment.

Basic Trial Skills Program Fund » Donate Online

Defender Institute Basic Trial Skills Program is an award-winning intensive trial advocacy program designed to teach public defense attorneys how to learn, and tell, their clients’ stories.

Special Investigations Fund » Donate Online

Special Investigations Fund is a special fund for defraying the costs of pro bono investigations and proceedings in cases discovered by the Backup Center that warrant relief.

Veterans Defense Program » Donate Online

Veterans Defense Program provides training and legal assistance to attorneys defending veterans in criminal and family courts.

Ella M. Gradess Memorial Scholarship » Donate Online

Ella M. Gradess Memorial Scholarship will provide partial tuition reimbursement for law student volunteers at the Backup Center, in recognition of its namesake’s dedication and work.

Thurgood Marshall Scholar Intern Fund » Donate Online

Thurgood Marshall Scholar Internship honoring two career defenders and long-time board members, Milton Adler and Bill Dunn, will offer summer internships at NYSDA to Thurgood Marshall Scholars.
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