Honor Someone Special

An honorary or memorial gift to Lives in the Balance is the perfect way to celebrate special occasions or honor the memory of a friend or loved one. Donations may be made in any amount, with those above $150 listed in a special section on our website and donor board. A personalized note can be sent in your name to the honoree or family member notifying them of your kind gesture, and you will receive a letter documenting your tax-deductible contribution.

Matching Gift


Many employers offer a matching gift program that allows you to increase your giving to your favorite organization. This can double or even triple your gift to Lives in the Balance, giving you the increased benefits and visibility that comes with your new level of giving. Inquire with your company's human resources department to see if your gift to Lives in the Balance qualifies for a matching gift.

Stock Gift

You can support Lives in the Balance with a gift of appreciated securities (stock). Your contribution will help ensure that Lives in the Balance programs, resources, and initiatives continue to help at-risk children and their caregivers. In addition, Lives in the Balance offers you a variety of unique donor benefits, as well as potential tax savings.


Planned Giving

Share your passion for our mission by making a gift to Lives in the Balance in your will or estate plans. Your gift can provide financial security to Lives in the Balance while offering you and your estate significant tax and other financial benefits. By honoring Lives in the Balance in this way, you'll join the Visionary Circle and receive special benefits and recognition.


Step-By-Step Installment Giving

Step-By-Step is our installment giving program, where more of your money supports our programs, educational conferences, and research, and helps you skip lots of renewal mailings and phone calls. You choose an amount to give monthly or quarterly, and we’ll automatically bill your credit or debit card. Each January we'll send you a statement for your taxes. 

Which States Have the Most Punitive School Discipline?

It's hard enough being a kid these days, but when it comes to punitive school discipline, some states make it way harder. Using data from the U.S. Department of Education, the states in the brightest color red in the map below are those with the highest combined rates of school suspensions, expulsions, use of restraint and seclusion, paddling, arrests at school, and referral to the police. The lightest states are those that are least punitive.


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