Join us and help champion the rights of people with mental disabilities

Since 1972, the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has fought for the civil rights, full inclusion, and equality of children and adults with mental disabilities. 

We envision a society where Americans with mental disabilities live with autonomy, dignity, and opportunity in welcoming communities, supported by law, policy, and practices that help them reach their full potential.

The Bazelon Center was pivotal in expanding the civil rights movement to include fighting discrimination against, and segregation of, people with mental health disabilities. Today, the Bazelon Center is the leading organization protecting and advancing rights through a unique combination of litigation, public policy advocacy, coalition building and leadership, public education, media outreach and technical assistance.

Your gift makes our work possible. Donate today and help us continue to advocate in the courts, halls of Congress, and in jurisdictions across the country. You can help people with mental disabilities live their lives with dignity. 



Event Sponsorship

Join organizations, law firms, and companies that care about disability rights by sponsoring our annual awards event.

Our 2022 Virtual Annual Awards event was held on September 22, 2022.  Our 2022 Honorees included Wade Henderson, Civil & Human Rights Leader; Laurie Hernandez, Olympic Champion and Mental Health Advocate; and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA).

The date of the 2023 Virtual Annual Awards will be announced soon. Visit for the latest updates on all of our 2023 events. Our Virtual Annual Awards sponsorship opportunities will range from $2,500 – $50,000. For sponsorship information, email us at [email protected].


Monthly Giving

Monthly gifts provide the resources to allow the Center to respond quickly to urgent legislative or legal threats that could negatively affect the rights of people with mental disabilities.  Sign up for monthly giving.

Matching Gifts

If your employer offers a match, you can double your gift to the Center. Email your employer’s completed and signed matching gift form to [email protected]. Or mail it to Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, 1090 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 220 Washington, DC 20005. 

Even More Ways to Give

  • Make a special gift donation to honor friends, colleagues and loved ones
  • Sustain the David and Mickey Bazelon Fellowship in Mental Health Law
  • Give through the Combined Federal Campaign & the United Way by designating #11166 or Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law on your pledge form
  • Learn about legacy gifts and stock donations by contacting the Center via email or call 202-467-5730, ext 1308. We will work with you to figure out the best option for you, including the tax benefits.