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Proving Innocence is a volunteer effort supported by volunteer dollars. We appreciate all who give, whatever amount. In recognition, we list those who give according to these seven Levels of Support. View the names by clicking on the menu levels.

We hope that you will consider adding yourself to one of these. Donations can be given as a one time gift or on a monthly recurring basis.

 

BBC News Magazine Publishes Extensive Article on Proctor

Bill Proctor

Bill Proctor, founder of Proving Innocence, is the subject of an extensive article by the BBC New Magazine. Bill has now retired from his TV journalist career. He continues to pursue justice and to confront the systemic sickness that leads to so many wrongful convictions. Read the entire article by clicking on this sentence.

It is worth noting that although Bill can now devote more attention to several different cases, Proving Innocence continues to have a severe shortage of funds. With no major benefactor or grants, PI is entirely supported by donations from individuals. As you look to a new year, we ask that you consider regular giving. It will make such a difference. Click here to give.

Bemefits of Giving to a 501(c)(3)

Proving Innocence is a 501c(3) tax exempt non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible.

We have assembled below some ways in which you can fully utilize the benefits of giving to a 501c(3), such as Proving Innocence. With the majority of people we serve unable to be able to pay for the constitutional protections which they have a right to, your giving represents an opportunity they should, but didn't have.


Gifts of Cash
Unlike other giving methods, cash gifts will provide an immediate benefit to Proving Innocence. Gifts of cash are tax deductible in the current year (up to 50% of your adjusted gross income with a five-year carryover of any unused portion) if the gift is received by December 31st.

Gifts of Appreciated Assets
Charitable gifts of appreciated securities such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds, held longer than 12 months, can be deducted at their full fair market value while avoiding capital gains tax. These gifts may be deducted up to 30% of your adjusted gross income with a five-year carryover of any unused portion.

Real estate gifts are transferred in the same way as appreciated securities and allow for deductions at the full fair market value of the property. Capital gains tax can be avoided in most instances, but appraisals are needed to fully deduct the transfer of your gift.

Outright gifts of appreciated assets provide a tax deduction based on the fair market value of the asset transferred, with no capital gains tax on the appreciation. To ensure proper credit on your gift, check with your professional advisor, as certain specific rules may apply.

Gifts-in-kind are items given for use through a third-party program oof your choice. Automobiles, trucks, boats, or building materials may be fully deductible, depending on the type of gift. PI will not involve itself in the liquidation of such gifts, as it is beyond our means.

Tangible personal property related to PI's tax exempt purposes and uses can be fully tax-deductible at their full fair market value. However, gifts that are not related to our tax-exempt purposes will be limited in deduction to the cost basis.

Life Income Plans With Charitable Trusts
Many giving options allow you to make a year-end gift and still receive an income for life from your giving plan. Life income plans such as gift annuities or charitable trusts can provide unique tax and income advantages and can be designed to meet your individual needs. Please contact your own tax advisor or estate planner for specific information regarding the benefits you can receive from a life income plan.

Estate Planning
You may also support PI through your will or estate plan. Gifts made through your will or living trust can provide considerable future tax benefits, which allow more of your assets to pass to those you care about.

Matching Corporate Gifts

Many employers will match your charitable gifts, meaning your gifts are worth even more. If your company or firm has a matching gifts program, ask your personnel office for the form to enclose with your check.

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Thank you for your support!
The services of Proving Innocence are pro bono, thus your dollars are critically important to our mission and will help us make a difference for those innocent people who are unjustly imprisoned. We depend upon supporters like you.
In addition to your financial support, we invite you to learn more about the problem of wrongful convictions as well as volunteer your time. To become involved, please register on our site, and then go to our Plugging In section to see the many facets of our work and how you might be able to participate in a meaningful way.
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Donating to Proving Innocence

Proving Innocence relies on individual donations to fulfill our mission. Please consider becoming a supporter of Proving Innocence, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

PI operates very efficiently. Presently, we are an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff and no office to pay for. We keep our administrative costs low, so we can devoted devote more of your dollars to investigations and our other missions of educating the public and policy makers, advocating for systemic change and assisting exonerees to successfully return to society.

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  • Legacy ($5,000+)
  • Freedom ($1,000-$4,999)
  • Justice ($500-$999)
  • Advocate ($250-$499)
  • Supporter ($100-$249)
  • Friend ($35-$99)

All donors of $100 or more will have their names and affiliations listed on our website unless they choose to donate anonymously.

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Angelo Henderson Radio Download

In 2012 Ken Wyniemko was a special guest of Richard Bernstein, who served as co-host with the late Angelo Henderson on 1200 AM Detroit Radio. This segment of the show was dedicated to understanding wrongful convictions and what can be done to free the wrongfully convicted and prevent others from this fate.

Click Angelo Henderson Radio Program  to download any of the recorded programs.

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The Research Corner

In The Research Corner, Professor Marvin Zalman presents summaries of current academic research on wrongful conviction in a succinct and readable format. We hope that the summaries will provide you with a more sophisticated understanding of innocence issues and stimulate further interest.

 

 

 

For Those Desiring PI to look at Your Case

 

At this point in our development, PI is only taking on cases in cooperation with other innocence projects. If you have been wrongfully convicted and your case involves DNA evidence, we recommend you contact the Cooley Innocence Project at Western Michigan Cooley Law School. If your case does not involve DNA, please contact the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. A third member of the Innocence Network is SADO, the State Appelate Defense Organization. For cases outside of Michigan, here is a list of innocence projects by state.