Your Generosity Goes A Long Way

CILS has achieved major wins in the last 50 years, including Supreme Court cases and federal recognition for California tribes. Every donation helps us continue the fight for justice in our communities.

What Your Gift Helps Us Do

Provide Pro-Bono & Other Accessible Services

When you give it allows us to pursue cases that impact more than 630,000 American Indian and Alaska Native individuals living in California.

Preserve Cultural Traditions & Land

Safeguarding and preserving Native American culture and identity is at the core of our work, and is upheld through the donations we receive and the volunteers that contribute their time to our organization and the community.

Why Contribute to California Indian Legal Services?

For more than five decades, CILS has provided legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals who may have otherwise gone without adequate representation. CILS has successfully asserted and defended the most important rights of Indians and tribes in hundreds of major cases and has achieved significant results in such critical areas as tribal sovereignty, natural resource protection, and Indian education.


    Sharing is a Native American tradition.

    We invite you to participate in this tradition by contributing to CILS. With your support, CILS can continue to achieve justice on behalf of Native Americans. Your donation in any amount makes a difference. 

    When You Give

    It allows us to pursue cases that impact more than 630,000 American Indian & Alaska Native individuals living in California.


    Every Gift
    Make an Impact

    We also welcome your support in the form of stocks/securities, or donor-advised fund grants. You can also choose to include CILS in your estate plans or make a planned gift. If you’re 70.5 or older, you can instruct your IRA custodian to make a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA to CILS. You’ll pay no income tax on the amount and satisfy your required minimum distribution. 

    Make it a matching gift! Many companies match employee donations to non-profit organizations. Please check with your employer to see if they have a matching gift program that will double the effect of your donation!

    California Indian Legal Services, Inc., EIN 94-1676390, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Consult your tax advisor for your specific situation.

    Because we receive a grant from the federally funded Legal Services Corporation, we are required to notify you that all funds we receive may not be used in any manner inconsistent with the Legal Services Corporation Act of 1974, as amended in 1977 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2996 et. seq.), Section 509(h), P.L. 104-134, 110 Stat. 1321 (1996), its implementing regulations (45 C.F.R. § 1600 et seq.), and other relevant laws.