How You Can Help


When you make a gift to the Pennsylvania Prison Society, you are taking a stand for human rights and just criminal laws. Your contribution helps us tell the truth boldly, hold power to account, and care for our fellow citizens. As always, a donation to the Pennsylvania Prison Society is tax deductible.
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Other Ways to give...

Please see below for ways to contribute to our cause. Our Development Director Emily Cheramie-Walz is your contact for questions or to discuss getting set up with the giving method of your choice. She can be reached at by email or at 215-530-9588. If you have an idea for a fundraiser that isn’t listed, we would love to work with you to benefit the community we serve.


Making a tribute or memorial gift is a meaningful way to honor someone while making an impact on the community served by the Prison Society. With a gift to the Society, you can commemorate any occasion or milestone with special meaning to you or honor the memory of a loved one with a memorial gift that furthers the work of the Society. Select “In honor of” or “In memory of” on the donation form and enter the name(s) of the individual(s) you wish to honor. If appropriate, we will notify the honoree of your gift if you provide contact information.

Make a donation in honor of someone


In-kind contributions both large and small make a difference! Examples of in-kind gifts include:

  • Goods (computers, supplies, memorabilia and experiences for use by our organization or for special event auctions)
  • Services (printing services, meeting space, photocopy and mail services, etc.)
  • Expertise (legal, tax, or business advice; marketing and website development; and strategic planning)

Donations can be made through the mail, although we do not recommend sending cash. When making your gift, please make your check or money order payable to “The Pennsylvania Prison Society” and mail it to: 230 South Broad St, Suite 605, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

*Certain IRS limitations apply. The information presented is not intended as legal or financial advice. Please consult your own professional advisors to discuss your specific situation.


Leave a legacy that will benefit future generations. The Prison Society accepts bequests and other planned gifts. Please contact your lawyer or financial advisor for advice, or call Emily to discuss plans today.


Double the impact of your donation to the Prison Society! Most companies complete forms electronically and will update you as to the status of your matching gift application. Please let us know if your gift to the Society will be matched so we can be on the lookout!


Your gift of stock or appreciated securities will further our work to ensure that incarcerated individuals in the Commonwealth are treated humanely, while also providing you with significant tax benefits.

Benefits to You:*

  • You receive an income tax charitable deduction for the fair market value of the appreciated securities that you have held long-term (longer than one year) on the date of transfer.
  • You pay no capital gains tax on the securities you donate.
  • You can direct your gift to a specific fund or purpose.
  • You have the satisfaction of making a significant gift now or funding a life-income gift that benefits the Prison Society later.

Our Development Director, Emily, is able to provide stock transfer instructions.

*Certain IRS limitations apply. The information presented is not intended as legal or financial advice. Please consult your own professional advisors to discuss your specific situation.

We are only able to do this work because people like you believe it’s not only important, but vital.

Because of you, we are helping people who are suffering needlessly as a result of our broken prisons and jail system, and fighting for a better future every single day.

Your kind contributions have been used in the last year to help us recruit and support our outstanding network of over 330 statewide volunteer prison monitors and mentors, answer over 4,000 calls through our Helpline, respond to over 3,000 letters from incarcerated individuals, return to in-person mentoring and parenting programming, hire our first full-time staff member in Southwest Pennsylvania, and so much more.