By Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A local law firm is looking to give money to non-profits focused on veterans or education.

For seven years, Philadelphia based IP law firm Volpe and Koenig have selected two non-profits, giving them each grants totaling $20,000.

Categories of non-profits vary from year to year and range from arts and culture, to healthcare, animal welfare and more.

“This year, any charities that are related to educational and veterans causes are welcome to apply,” says Jay Halt, president of Volpe and Koenig.

He says the 25-year-old firm established the iPromise Charitable Giving Fund to help charities offset government budget cuts.

The firm uses an internal process to review the missions of non-profit applicants, as well as the impact the iPromise grant could make.

“What we look for is where the donation will make a difference in a specific project,” says Halt. “What we don’t want is for the money to go into the general fund. Our goal is to ensure we have a real impact on the community.”

Halt says non-profits in Greater Philadelphia and Princeton, New Jersey are welcome to apply. Applications are due July 31st. Finalists will be notified in August. To download an application, visit:

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