Other Ways to Give

Thank you for supporting our work to foster First Amendment freedoms for all. We are grateful for donors who strengthen our efforts to inform and engage with the public about our most fundamental of freedoms.

Whether you want to honor a special someone or life event, or include the Freedom Forum Institute in your estate plans, we appreciate your commitment to our work.

Major Gifts

Support from private individuals and families enables the Freedom Forum Institute to pursue vigorously its mission to foster First Amendment freedoms for all. Personal gifts may be structured in many ways, from cash, stock or personal assets to planned gifts. For more information, please contact Emily Nicholson, Vice President of Development, at 202/292-6282 or write to [email protected].

Planned Giving

Our Legacy Society was formed to honor individuals who demonstrate their deep commitment to the work and mission of the Freedom Forum Institute by including the Freedom Forum Institute in their estate plans. Members are invited to special Freedom Forum Institute events and programs and, with their permission, are recognized in Freedom Forum Institute publications.

Please help the Freedom Forum Institute continue to foster First Amendment freedoms for allby including the Freedom Forum Institute in your will or naming the Freedom Forum Institute as a beneficiary of your life insurance.

Legacy Society members receive:

  • A membership certificate
  • Recognition, with your permission, online
  • Invitations to special events

A bequest can be in the form of a fixed amount, a percentage of your estate or a residual amount after your estate provides for your other beneficiaries.

Bequest Language

  • Specific bequests are those in which a donor bequeaths a specific dollar amount or specific asset(s). Sample language: I give, devise, and bequeath $_____ (or, the following asset) to Freedom Forum Institute, Inc., located in Washington, D.C., (EIN 20-0617900) for its general purposes.
  • Percentage bequests are those in which a donor bequeaths a percentage of the estate. Sample language: I give, devise, and bequeath to Freedom Forum Institute, Inc., located in Washington, D.C., (EIN 20-0617900), for the Freedom Forum Institute’s general purposes an amount equal to ______ percent (__%) of my adjusted gross estate as finally determined for federal estate tax purposes.
  • Residuary bequests are those in which a donor bequeaths all or a percentage of the remainder of the estate after other gifts, debts, taxes and expenses. Sample language: I give, devise, and bequeath all (or a percentage) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal and wheresoever situate, to Freedom Forum Institute, Inc., located in Washington, D.C., (EIN 20-0617900), for its general purposes.
  • Contingent bequests are received by the Freedom Forum Institute only if a donor’s primary beneficiaries are not surviving at the time of the donor’s death. Sample language: If (primary beneficiary) does not survive me, I give, devise, and bequeath such beneficiary’s share of my estate (or trust) to Freedom Forum Institute, Inc., located in Washington, D.C., (EIN 20-0617900), for its general purposes.
  • Restricted bequests are those in which a donor bequeaths a gift to be used for a specific purpose. Sample language: I give, devise, and bequeath to Freedom Forum Institute, Inc., located in Washington, D.C., (EIN20-0617900), (the sum of $______) (the following asset) (___ percent of my adjusted gross estate) or (the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate). This gift shall be used for (state purpose) if and for so long as the Newseum determines that the need exists. If the Freedom Forum Institute shall determine at the outset or at a later time that the need does not exist, or no longer exists, or for some reason it is not possible (or prudent) for the bequest to be used as originally intended, the Freedom Forum Institute may, in its sole and uncontrolled discretion, direct the use of my bequest for a purpose related as closely as possible to that stated above.
  • Restrictions It is strongly advised that the donor and/or the donor’s adviser(s) discuss restrictions with the development department of the Freedom Forum Institute before the will or trust is finalized to assure that the donor’s wishes can be carried out.

The Development Office will be happy to provide you with additional information on planned-giving options. We also recommend that you consult with your lawyer and/or financial adviser as you formulate your estate plans. We will be happy to work with these individuals to ensure that your wishes are carried out.

If you already have included the Freedom Forum Institute in your estate plan, please let us know. We thank you for your planned gift.

The Freedom Forum Institute is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Donations to the Freedom Forum Institute are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.