AppalReD Legal Aid is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We receive federal, state, and local funding. However, over 240,000 people live below the poverty level in our region, and many legal needs go unmet. AppalReD accepts monetary donations to help us provide legal services to those in need.  Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

Please consider donating to AppalReD. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. If you would like to make a donation, you can send a check to our Administration office at:

Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc.

120 N. Front Avenue

Prestonsburg, KY 41653

Join the Rosenberg Circle: Become a Monthly Donor

Join our community of monthly donors advancing equal access to justice across Appalachia. Monthly donors are dedicated and strategic. Like John Rosenberg, they know what it takes to fight for justice day in and day out. Thank you for being a vital part of our work.

Visit this link to set up your monthly gift. If you need help setting up your gift, call Lorie Elam, Director of Administration, at 606-889-1969.



Join Legacy Society

Bequest Intention


Have you included AppalReD Legal Aid in your will? Please let us know of your intention by joining the Legacy Society via the form above. The Legacy Society recognizes friends who demonstrate their deep commitment to fighting poverty and creating equal access to justice by making a planned gift or including AppalReD in their estate plans. Legacy Society members will receive a pin and certificate. Their name will also be added to our legacy wall in our Prestonsburg office.

Read below to learn more about one of our founding Legacy Society members and how the legacy society launched.

AppalReD Legal Aid Society Launched

This September, AppalReD Legal Aid received a generous gift from the estate of Ragan T. Phillips. Remembering AppalReD with a gift in his will ensures that his legacy will mirror his life in its dedication to justice.

Phillips grew up in Lawrenceburg, KY. Later his career took him around the world, before settling in Ashland, VA to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren. There he ran an online newspaper, helped build a local theatre, and was a passionate supporter of education. His wife, Phyllis Thoreaux, is a force for good in her own right and worked with AppalReD founder John Rosenberg and his wife Jean at the Department of Justice in the 1960's.

While we wish we could thank Ragan for his generous spirit in person, we will show him gratitude the best way we can, by stewarding his gift to sustain and grow AppalReD Legal Aid.

Please join Ragan as a founding member of the AppalReD Legal Aid Legacy Society.

You've been a key part of our history. Won't you be part of our future?


Pledge to Share Your Birthday

Click the button above to pledge to share your birthday with AppalReD Legal Aid. As your big day approaches, we'll send you a reminder to start a fundraising page and ask your friends to donate to AppalReD Legal Aid. Every dollar you and your friends donate will go directly to providing people in eastern and south-central Kentucky the legal help they need to build a secure life for their families. Thank you for letting us celebrate with you!

We'll send step by step directions to create a fundraiser on Facebook or Kindful. If you need any help , email

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AppalReD Legal Aid is funded in part by the Legal Services Corporation.  As a condition of the funding it receives from LSC, it is restricted from engaging in certain activities in all of its legal work, including work supported by other funding sources.   AppalReD Legal Aid may not expend any funds for any activity prohibited by Legal Services Corporation Act, 42 U.S.C. 2996 et seq. or by Public Law 104-134.  Public Law 104-134 §504(d) requires that notice of these restrictions be given to all funders of programs funded by the Legal Services Corporation.  For a copy of these laws or for any other information or clarifications, please contact AppalReD Legal Aid at 606-886-9876.

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