Reaching out to the community is essential to Caplin & Drysdale's core values of Excellence, Scholarship, Community, and Family. Therefore, to honor the communities in which Caplin & Drysdale maintains its offices – Washington, D.C., and New York City – the firm launched "Caplin Cares for a Cause," a charitable concern that donates funds and volunteer time to charities and entities that serve these communities. Throughout the year, lawyers and support staff take part in charities, including:
- Bright Beginnings, a nationally accredited child development center that offers a bright start for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families. Bright Beginnings serves children annually whose families are living in crisis shelters or transitional housing.
- Buildable Hours, a partnership with Habitat for Humanity where law firms contribute funds and time to help build new homes for deserving families. The organization was co-founded by former firm president, Scott Michel.
- Lawyers Have Heart, a fundraising effort in collaboration with the American Heart Association.
- N Street Village, a local nonprofit that serves women facing homelessness, poverty, and related health challenges.
- Safe Shores - The DC Children's Advocacy Center, dedicated to supporting and working with child victims of sexual and physical abuse. Safe Shores coordinates a multidisciplinary team approach to abuse by handling everything from forensic services to family advocacy.
- The Generous Associates Campaign raises funds for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, D.C.'s oldest and largest nonprofit civil legal services organization.
Attorneys also volunteer their time and skills to under-served citizens by offering pro bono services to:
- American Bar Association Tax Section's Pro Bono Committee offers pro bono resources for the underserved.
- DC Employment Justice Center's Workers' Rights Clinic secures, protects, and promotes workplace justice in the DC metropolitan area.
- DC-Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign is a citywide, cross-sector initiative that educates the public about income tax benefits that promote greater economic security.
- New York University School of Law Tax Clinic operates as a free clinic for low-income taxpayers in the New York metropolitan area seeking assistance in cases docketed for trial in the U.S. Tax Court and certain related administrative proceedings before the Internal Revenue Service.
- Professional Tax Advisory Council for American Citizens Abroad, a nonprofit, non-partisan volunteer association whose mission includes acting as a voice for Americans living overseas.