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You can help the crime victims’ rights movement succeed by donating, volunteering or joining the National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys & Advocates (NAVRA). Your actions can help victims!

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NCVLI is the only national organization focused on victims’ legal rights. For over 20 years, NCVLI has fought to ensure victims are empowered and justice is enhanced. Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, NCVLI stands up for victims every day – ensuring that their rights are protected, that their voices are heard, and that justice systems treat them fairly and with respect. You can make a difference for victims by investing in NCVLI resources that are critical to victim empowerment.  We are grateful for your support!

Why Invest in NCVLI?

Together we accomplish so much for victims. In the past year we:

  • Trained over 3,226 people on the importance of victims’ rights and the tools available to enforce them in 47 jurisdictions;
  • Provided legal research, writing, and strategic advice in 80+ legal matters in 22 unique jurisdictions; and
  • Filed 9 amicus curiae briefs in state and federal courts to establish precedent so that tomorrow’s victims do not face the same hurdles as today’s victims.

I have been involved with NCVLI in some capacity since 2012. My relationship started off as a legal clinic student, transitioned to a legal intern, and then as a volunteer and donor. The reason I stay involved with NCVLI is easy – NCVLI is a nonprofit that changes lives – mine included.

Prior to NCVLI, I was a survivor suffering in silence. However, that wasn’t the reason I initially got involved with the organization, at least it was not in the forefront of my mind. My participation stemmed from the desire to advocate for others.

Once involved with NCVLI, my lens widened, as I was able to witness NCVLI’s trauma-informed and victim-centered approach firsthand. Witnessing such zealous advocacy coupled with true compassion and kindheartedness showed me how I was not alone in my story. All of the sudden I had a voice.

That transformation has not only shaped who I am today but, in many ways, it helped save my life. I want to continue to pass along the gift of NCVLI’s work to future survivors.

- Caitlin

We can’t help attorneys, advocates, or victims without you!

Donate Online: It’s quick, easy, and safe and your investment goes to work immediately. Donate Today!

Donate By Mail: Please make checks payable to “NCVLI” and send to:

National Crime Victims Institute
1130 SW Morrison Street, Suite 240
Portland, OR 97205

Donate By Phone: To donate by phone via credit card, please call NCVLI’s Development Department at (503) 768-6963.

Recurring Donations: Set up automatic donations so you never miss a chance to invest in NCVLI at increments that fit your budget. You can choose to donate weekly, monthly, or annually. Click here to donate now.

Donate in Honor or Memory: Donating in honor or memory of another is a wonderful way of recognizing victims, survivors, and those doing amazing work on their behalf, while investing in resources critical to victim empowerment. Donate Today!

Give at Your Workplace:
Company Campaigns – usually occur in the fall when employers will give employees the opportunity to donate to causes that they care about. Ask your company how you can donate to NCVLI during your campaign.

Federal Employees – during your Combined Federal Campaign, enter NCVLI’s CFC Agency Code (48652) on your campaign pledge drive.

State Employees – State employees in Oregon (#3706) can donate through workplace campaigns.

Monetary donations are not the only way to support NCVLI.

Planned Giving:

Planned giving provides an excellent way for you and your family to create a legacy of care and support for victims of crime.

Call NCVLI’s Development Department at (503) 768-6963 for more information.

Investment Related Donations:

Donations of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds are an excellent way to support NCVLI with investments that can have long-term impact for victims.

Call NCVLI’s Development Department at (503) 768-6963 for more information.

Vehicle Donation: Save yourself the trouble and expense of selling your car, truck, boat, motorcycle, or motor home while you support NCVLI. Click here to find out more.

Shop NCVLI’s Online Store: Shop NCVLI’s Online Store for survivor inspired items and gifts. Click here to shop now.

Shop & Search Online: You don’t need to do anything different. Use these websites and NCVLI benefits every time you shop, sell, eat, and search. Designate NCVLI as your charity of choice and NCVLI benefits.

Sponsor a Training: NCVLI trains host victims’ rights trainings online and in-person nationwide. Sponsoring a training provides targeted marketing to professionals with similar interests. Click here to see a list of upcoming trainings or contact NCVLI’s Development Department to discuss NCVLI’s National Crime Victim Law Conference and other sponsorship opportunities. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law and afford marketing opportunities for the donor.

Sponsor an Event: NCVLI hosts community awareness, education, and fundraising events throughout the year. We are actively seeking donations of food, drink, entertainment services, and auction items for these events. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law and afford marketing opportunities for the donor. Please contact NCVLI’s Development Department for more information.

Donation FAQs

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Donations to NCVLI are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. You will receive a tax acknowledgement letter upon receipt of your donation. You can also download our IRS nonprofit determination letter here.

If I do not restrict my donation, how will NCVLI use it?

NCVLI uses unrestricted donations to fund critical activities such as amicus curiae support, outreach, and education as well as capacity building to ensure we will be around for victims in the future. We can only fund these activities through unrestricted donations from supporters.

Can I restrict my donation to fund a specific project?

Yes, you can designate what you would like your donation to fund. The restriction can be placed in the comment field of the online donation form or on the front of your check.

Where can I mail a check?

Checks can be made out to NCVLI and mailed to: 1130 SW Morrison Street, Suite 240, Portland, OR 97205

Volunteer with NCVLI

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the National Crime Victim Law Institute. At this time we are actvely seeking volunteers for our 2023 Voices for Justice event happening in February of 2024, see below for details and application information. Attorney volunteers can reach out to or visit for more information on legal volunteer opportunities.  If you are looking for alternative volunteer opportunities for non-attorneys, please email if you are interested in being placed on a list of possible event volunteers.

What do Volunteers do?


Law Students

NCVLI has internship opportunities for law students both during the summer and the academic year.  Additionally, upper division law students who have taken the Crime Victim Litigation Clinic or previously interned with NCVLI may have the opportunity to do project-based pro bono legal work assisting NCVLI attorneys.  Law students are also encouraged to assist with general volunteer opportunities.


Pro bono attorneys assist NCVLI with research, writing briefs, and serving as local co-counsel for victims.

If you are interested in a membership with our bar association, the National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys & Advocates (NAVRA), please see the NAVRA website here. NAVRA membership is an excellent way to get involved with legal work on behalf of crime victims, stay up to date on best practices for practitioners in the field, and connect with other professionals serving victims of crime.

Other Individuals

Beyond attorney and law student positions, NCVLI also provides opportunities for paralegals, undergraduate students, and others, ranging from office support to event coordination.

Current Opportunities


Board of Director Opportunities

NCVLI is seeking new members to join the Board of Directors. You can apply online or you can download a Board Candidate Application and submit by:

Mail: 1130 SW Morrison St. Suite 230 Portland, OR 97205

Internship Opportunities

Development Intern

NCVLI is seeking a development intern to work with NCVLI’s Executive Director and the Communications and Events Coordinator to research and cultivate supporters, manage the organization’s donor databases, track and evaluate fundraising efforts, and organize events.  Click here to learn more.

Social Media Intern
NCVLI is looking for someone who is passionate about survivors’ rights and NCVLI’s mission and is able to represent it across a variety of social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn). The social media intern is responsible for maintaining and increasing NCVLI’s social media presence and participation by supporters of NCVLI. Click here to learn more.

General Volunteer Opportunities

Event Support
NCVLI hosts numerous community, fundraising and training events each year, including our Crime Victim Law Conference, which we cannot host without the support of volunteers. Volunteers can help with pre-event planning and preparation as well as at the events. By volunteering, you gain networking and educational benefits.

Questions? Email

General Research varies by project, as little as 2-5 hours
Help us make our programs stronger by doing online and telephonic research. This can include monitoring legislative updates to identifying methods to market and distribute NCVLI publications and trainings to identifying vendors for needed services to researching victim service providers. 


Marketing 15-20 hours per project
Do you have video editing experience? Using existing content and assisting with creating new content as needed, help us create marketing and quicktool videos.