Tom Kline and Shanin Specter and their colleagues at Kline & Specter, PC, have made many monetary donations to charitable organizations and institutions. Some help injured or infirm people – like victims represented by the firm. Others provide legal services for the needy. Listed below are some of the recipients:
American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing the disease, saving lives, and reducing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania provides legal assistance to people with HIV/AIDS to help with obtaining benefits, insurance coverage, housing and a range of legal matters.
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania provides care to cancer patients while also providing cancer prevention and diagnosis. The center has 300 scientists researching the origin and development of the disease
The American Jewish Committee was established in 1906 and works to safeguard and strengthen Jews and Jewish life worldwide by promoting democratic and pluralistic societies that respect the dignity of all peoples.
American Inn of Court is designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of lawyers and judges. Groups meet once monthly to hold programs and discussions on matters of ethics, skills and professionalism.
American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to preventing and curing diabetes and to improving the lives of people affected by the disease. It provides diabetes research, information and advocacy.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia offer programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), founded in 1866, is the nationally recognized animal welfare organization. Programs deal with a range of issues, including pets, livestock, wild animals and overpopulation.
Children’s Crisis Treatment Center provides mental health services to Philadelphia's neediest children and their families. The services address the effects of abuse, neglect, traumatic events, and other challenges to early childhood.
Children and Families First, based in Wilmington, Del., is a human services organization that seeks to strengthen families through adoption, foster care, counseling, teen services, parenting education and support, and the Resources Mothers Program.
Child Inc., founded in 1963 and originally named the Boy’s Home, is a Delaware organization that helps the victims of neglect and abuse by offering support services and working with the entire family to find solutions.
The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law was founded in 1976 Yeshiva University is one of the finest research universities in the United States with a national reputation for a top-caliber faculty and an innovative academic programs.
The Philadelphia High School of the Creative and Performing Arts Home and School Association raises funds and promotes cooperation between home, school and community for the growth, education and development of all CAPA students.
Breast Cancer 3 Day is a three-day, 60-mile walk that benefits the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to fund breast cancer research and community outreach, as well as the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund which provides an endowment for breast cancer initiatives
Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Program fosters public awareness and works to develop screening methods and, ultimately, a cure for ovarian cancer through innovative research into the causes, prevention, detection and treatment of the disease.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania matches at-risk youth with adult mentors in Philadelphia, Chester, Montgomery and Delaware counties. The organization seeks to improve the lives of children and strengthen communities through one-to-one mentoring relationships. (Listen to a podcast interview with Shanin Specter.)
Delaware Valley Friends School is a Quaker day school in Paoli, Pa., which promotes multi-sensory teaching and learning strategies for students with learning differences.
The Danny Foundation raises funds to cure Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease that causes loss of muscle function and is the most common and most lethal genetic disorder diagnosed during early childhood.
Doctors Without Borders is a medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people in more than 70 countries affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters or exclusion from health care.
The DeAnn White Scholarship Fund honors the memory one of three women who died in the collapse of Pier 34 into the Delaware River on May 18, 2000. Scholarships enable students, especially women and minorities, to study mass media and related subjects.
Community Legal Services provides legal assistance to low-income people with the ongoing support of the Philadelphia Bar Association. It also makes available community education on legal rights and files class-action lawsuits to help poor people facing similar injustices.
Children’s Hospital Foundation funds patient care, research and clinical education at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the nation's first pediatric hospital, founded in 1855.
Drexel University in 2014 dedicated the Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Kline made a $50 million donation to the law school, one of the largest donations ever to an American law school. (See news coverage) In 2012, Drexel opened The Kline & Specter Squash Center made possible thanks to a donation from Kline and Shanin Specter. (See news coverage)
Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania is committed to improving the lives of people with epilepsy through education, advocacy and support. (See photos from the foundation's March 4, 2011 Mardi Gras Gala fundraiser)
Equality Forum promotes GLBT civil rights, producing documentary films and presenting the largest annual national and international GLBT civil rights forum.
Help A Little One (HALO) is a foundation based in Chestnut Hill, Mass., that helps children with neurological impairment.
Harvard Law School Association of Greater Philadelphia uses contributions from local alumni to sponsor Harvard Law School students to work summers in legal public interest jobs in Philadelphia.
Habitat for Humanity International – Founded in 1976, the organization has built and rehabilitated more than 150,000 houses for needy families.
The George Fund, honoring the late son of Jerry and Ellen Pappert, benefits Keystone Hospice for terminally ill children and young adults, helping patients and families cope with the end-of-life experience.
Fraternal Order of Housing Police runs a Toys for Tots program for needy children in the Philadelphia area.
Franklin Institute Science Museum provides memorable educational experiences to school children. Donations help sponsor underprivileged students with free or reduced admissions and to offer traveling exhibits and outreach programs.
HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) & Council Migration Service of Philadelphia – Founded in New York City in 1881, HIAS has helped rescue and resettle more than 4.5 million people, generally the threatened and oppressed.
Homeless Advocacy Project provides free legal services to the homeless through the Philadelphia Bar Association. It also connects homeless clients with social services, advocates for the homeless and provides legal assistance to community groups that develop housing and services for the homeless.
Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization with programs related to companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, animals in research, and farm animals.
The Jefferson Awards Gala has raised more than $6.5 million to advance healthcare research and education and to enhance patient care at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals.
Julius Newman Neurodegenerative Research Fund benefits research of the rare neurological illness that claimed the life of well-known plastic surgeon Dr. Julius Newman in 2005.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, founded in 1970, funds research to find a cure for the diseases that strikes children suddenly and requires multiple daily injections or pump infusion of insulin.
Juvenile Law Center advocates for the rights of children in Pennsylvania, primarily in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
Katie Samson Foundation raises money for research to identify a cure for spinal cord injuries and organizes the lacrosse community to sponsor the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival.