Founded in 2002, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization that strives to create fair and inclusive financial services and tools that provide economically vulnerable families opportunities to build and sustain wealth. Your support allows CRL to continue our fight to reduce the racial wealth gap and address systemic inequality by sustaining our critical policy development work, research, legal analysis, and state and national advocacy and engagement.

Contributions to CRL are tax deductible to the fullest extent provided by law. CRL is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and our Federal Employer’s Identification Number is: 74-3043913.

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2002 Sustainers Club 

Members of the 2002 Sustainers Club are among CRL’s most dedicated supporters and ensure that CRL remains financially sustainable for years to come. To join, make a monthly recurring donation to CRL of at least $20. Member benefits include:

  • Early access to our quarterly impact report and other CRL news updates
  • An exclusive annual meeting with CRL’s President, Mike Calhoun, and other 2002 Sustainers Club members to learn and ask questions about the most pressing issues in fair lending
  • Invitations to webinars CRL hosts with guest speakers
  • Exclusive 2002 Sustainers Club merchandise
  • Recognition on website and in other publications

Gifts by Mail 

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to give online using our secure digital platform whenever possible. If you prefer to donate by mail, however, CRL gladly accepts gifts made via check (or money order). To make a gift by mail:

  1. Write a check payable to: Center for Responsible Lending
  2. Memo Line: “For CRL”
  3. Download our Mail-In Donation Form and enclose it with your check.
  4. Mail to:

    Center for Responsible Lending 
    Attn: Philanthropy 
    302 W. Main St. 
    Durham, NC 27701

Please note that gifts sent to our other office addresses may take longer to process.

Gifts by Wire 

CRL is happy to accept cash gifts via wire transfer. To make a gift by wire, please email to access our downloadable banking information form.

Cy Pres Awards 

When class actions are settled, we believe that the best use of funds is their full distribution to class members. If such action is not feasible or additional funds become available, however, we hope that you will consider CRL as a partner to work on behalf of class members’ best interests. CRL has been designated as a recipient of multiple cy pres awards throughout our history, reflecting the trust invested in us to improve the lives of underserved and economically vulnerable families and communities.

If you are considering CRL for a cy pres award, please contact

Gifts via Donor Advised Funds 

The Center for Responsible Lending is pleased to accept gifts made through donor advised funds (DAFs). If you have a DAF through Fidelity, Charles Schwab, or BNY Mellon, you can donate to CRL using the DAF Direct widget below:

If your donor advised fund is not listed here, you can contact your adviser directly at your DAF sponsoring organization to recommend a donation to CRL. The Center for Responsible Lending’s Tax ID number is 74-3043913.

To donate to CRL by mail, please direct your DAF sponsoring organization to make checks payable to:

Center for Responsible Lending 
Attn: Philanthropy 
302 W. Main St. 
Durham, NC 27701

To find out more about donor advised funds, read our Intro to DAFs.

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Please contact CRL with any questions or concerns:

April White Henderson, MPAP 
Chief Operations Officer & Chief of Staff  
Center for Responsible Lending 
Office: 919.313.8520