Gift Planning

Continue to have an impact on our future work by joining our planned giving program, the Public Justice Society.

By becoming a member of the Public Justice Society and including us in your estate plans, either by a bequest, policy or account beneficiary, or a charitable trust, you will leave a legacy of fighting for injustice and righting wrongs. No matter the amount, your legacy will sustain Public Justice’s groundbreaking work for years to come.

Join us today in making provisions for the Public Justice Foundation in your future planning.

Leave a Legacy of Justice


Bequests are one of the simplest and most popular methods of gift planning. It’s easy for you to support the Public Justice Foundation through a provision in your will:

Specific Bequests

Designate in your will a specific asset or amount of money you wish to leave.

Residual Bequests

Designate in your will a percentage of the remaining value of your estate after all specific bequests have been made.

Both types of Bequests can be made using the following language:

“I give and bequeath [asset description / cash amount] to the Public Justice Foundation, for its general charitable purposes.”

You may make a bequest to the Public Justice Foundation by preparing a new will or simply by adding a codicil to your current will.

Account or Policy Beneficiary

Make Public Justice Foundation a beneficiary of your retirement account or life insurance policy:

Your retirement plan account (IRA, 401k or 403b) can pass directly to the Public Justice Foundation as your primary beneficiary, or it can be transferred to another entity that will pay an income for life to someone you choose, after which the remaining assets pass to Public Justice.

You could also make a gift of life insurance to Public Justice Foundation. You may purchase an insurance policy with Public Justice Foundation as the owner and sole beneficiary, or make Public Justice the beneficiary or owner of the existing policy you no longer need.

Charitable Trusts

A charitable trust is a set of assets that you can use to create a charitable foundation. By setting up a Charitable Trust, you can receive tax benefits immediately. Charitable trusts come in two basic types:

Charitable Remainder Trust

Under a Remainder Trust, your assets are signed over to the Public Justice Foundation after a period of time that you select. Once the agreed-upon period of time is over, the assets become the property of Public Justice, as well as any interest or profits that might have been generated.

Charitable Lead Trust

A Lead Trust is the mirror image to a Remainder Trust. You retain control over the assets. Any interest that comes from the assets either come to the Public Justice Foundation or is split between Public Justice and any other beneficiaries you identify. When the trust expires, the control is given to someone of your choosing, usually your heirs or beneficiaries.

To establish a trust, please see a tax or estate attorney. The Public Justice Foundation can provide suggested attorneys in your area, if you are interested.

The mission of Public Justice is one that will last many lifetimes. You have demonstrated you are with us, fighting injustice wherever we can. Take the next step. Continue to fight for those who need it most. The Public Justice Society is an incredible way to ensure the success of the Public Justice Foundation for generations to come. Won’t you join us?

Please contact Membership Manager Maggie Barr at mbarr@publicjustice.net or (202) 861-5234 for more information or to discuss other ways to leave a legacy. If you have already committed your support or wish to now, please let us know here. Please fill out and send the linked document by mail or by email to Maggie at mbarr@publicjustice.net.