Step One – Cash Donations

Making a change means supporting the people and organizations working to improve the lives of those in need, those that are marginalized, and those who are discriminated against.

When you work with Up North Elder Law, PLC, you can choose from one of the eight worthy charities below. We pledge to donate $.15 of every $1.00 you pay to the charity you choose.


We are not affiliated with any of these charities; their listing below does not provide any endorsement of Up North Elder Law, PLC.


Justice in Aging is a national organization that uses the power of law to fight senior poverty by securing access to affordable health care, economic security, and the courts for older adults with limited resources. Since 1972 we’ve focused our efforts primarily on fighting for people who have been marginalized and excluded from justice, such as women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with limited English proficiency.

Justice in Aging is the opportunity to live with dignity, regardless of financial circumstances—free from the worry, harm, and injustice caused by lack of health care, food, or a safe place to sleep. By using the power of law to strengthen the social safety net, and remove the barriers low-income seniors face in trying to access the services they need, we work to ensure the future we all envision for our loved ones and ourselves.


The Alzheimer’s Association® is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Our Vision: A world without Alzheimer’s disease.®

Our Mission: To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.


The Arthritis Foundation is boldly pursuing a cure for America’s #1 cause of disability while championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections.

The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Our goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure. We also publish Arthritis Today, the award-winning magazine that reaches 4.2 million readers.


MEJI seeks to empower, educate, and protect low income older adults and people with disabilities through administrative and policy advocacy, educational efforts, and collaboration with multi-disciplinary partners on the local, state, and national level. As a project of Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services, MEJI provides support to civil legal aid programs and other advocates to assist them in providing effective representation to and advocacy for low income older adults and people with disabilities.

MEJI is one of several statewide advocacy programs created by the Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP), formerly Legal Services of South Central Michigan. MAP’s direct service components are Legal Services of South Central Michigan and Farmworker Legal Services. MAP provides administrative services to several statewide programs, including MEJI.


Our mission is to foster inclusive spaces that provide education, inspire activism, and celebrate community through the production of LGBTQ+ events in Northern Michigan.

In the 5 years since the original march, Up North Pride, has grown to be the largest participant-driven LGBT Pride March in Michigan and Michigan’s Premier destination Pride Celebration as well as a leader in Northern Michigan’s LGBT advocacy. 

Join us as we continue our work to make Northern Michigan a more diverse, inclusive and safe place for everyone.


The mission of The Trevor Project is to end suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning young people. The organization works to fulfill this mission through four strategies:

  • Provide crisis counseling to LGBTQ young people thinking of suicide.
  • Offer resources, supportive counseling and a sense of community to LGBTQ young people to reduce the risk that they become suicidal.
  • Educate young people and adults who interact with young people on LGBTQ-competent suicide prevention, risk detection and response.
  • Advocate for laws and policies that will reduce suicide among LGBTQ young people.

GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”) was founded in 1990 by a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts who came together to improve an education system that too frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students to be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the cracks.

Over 25 years later, that small group has grown into the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students.

We face a pervasive problem with a set of new challenges. 8 out of 10 LGBT students are still harassed at school each year because of who they are.

We are working to change that.

At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.



Polestar LGBT+ Community Center

Take a moment to think about it.  Where is the LGBT+ Community in Traverse City and the surrounding areas?  Where do you go to meet and socialize with others?  If you wanted to find LGBT+ services, where would you go?  How do you find out about LGBT+ related activities and social groups?  If we only had a dollar for every time we’ve heard someone say “where are our people?”  Polestar LGBT+ Community Center was formed to directly address those questions.

How wonderful would it be to have a place that could act as an information repository, connecting the LGBT+ Community to each other as well as to the businesses and services that are friendly and accepting?  We would like to see a community events calendar that promotes activities and social events.  We’d let you know when Pride Week is, when Northern Pride – We’re Out and About meets, and all other gatherings.  Beyond this, we’d like to create a directory for LGBT+ friendly businesses that can be used by tourists and locals alike.  We’d also create directories to LGBT+ friendly and related health services.


Step Two – Pro Bono Legal Services

We are committed to helping those in need, even if they can’t pay us for service. If you need help and are struggling to pay for the legal work you need, fill out our application for free service and submit it to us.


Step Three – Lower the Cost of Legal Services

Up North Elder Law, PLC can be retained with a limited scope of representation agreement. These agreements mean you only pay for the specific service you need from us, while you handle the elements that do not require an attorney. This allows you to avoid the cost of administrative work and get representation when it matters.