Legacy Giving

Ensuring the fight for a free press continues

You've spent a lifetime fighting for and living the ideals of an open government and the freedoms of the First Amendment. Although the media in which future generations will report can scarcely be imagined now, these same ideals must remain constant: A free press, unfettered by government is the most important resource a participatory electorate has to know what its government is doing and to question that government if it doesn't like what it sees.

You can help ensure that future First Amendment fighters have the materials and support they need by remembering the Reporters Committee in your will. More than two-thirds of our revenue is spent directly on program services, and your legacy support can be a significant part.

There are several ways in which you can remember the Reporters Committee in your will. You may designate the Reporters Committee to receive:

  • an outright bequest for a fixed amount
  • the residue of your estate
  • a percentage of the residue of your estate
  • a percentage of your entire estate
  • a bequest contingent upon the failure of other bequests.

Of course if there is a specific bequest you would like to make, or if you want to make a donation in honor of someone, we are available to discuss the options.

How to give

An outright bequest (fixed amount)

"I give, devise and bequeath to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Federal Tax I.D. #520972043, the sum of $____ (and/or the following property: ____) to be used in such a manner as the Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press shall, in its sole discretion, determine."

Residue of estate

If you decide that you may first want to provide specific bequests to family and friends before providing for the Reporters Committee, the residuary bequest may be appropriate. This type of bequest leaves the remainder of your estate to the Reporters Committee after specific bequests.

"I give, devise and bequeath to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Federal Tax I.D. #520972043, the rest, residue and remainder of my estate (as defined in this will) to be used in such a manner as the Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press shall, in its sole discretion, determine."

Percentage of residue of estate

If you decide to have more than one nonprofit organization or person share the remainder of your estate, then a percentage of residue bequest may be appropriate.

"I give, devise and bequeath to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Federal Tax I.D. #520972043, __% of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate (as defined in this will) to be used in such a manner as the Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press shall, in its sole discretion, determine."

Percentage of estate

If you decide to leave a gross percentage of your estate to the Reporters Committee rather than a fixed monetary bequest, then a percentage of estate bequest may be appropriate. However, it is critical to work with your adviser when drafting such a bequest in order to make your wishes clear so that friends and family receive their proper share.

"I give, devise and bequeath to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Federal Tax I.D. #520972043, __% of my estate (as defined in this will) to be used in such a manner as the Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press shall, in its sole discretion, determine."

Contingent bequest

If you decide that family and friends should receive your entire estate if they survive you, but want to provide for the Reporters Committee if your outlive any beneficiaries, then a contingent bequest may be appropriate.

"In the case of the failure or lapse of any legacy or devise herein such that the property so bequeathed or devised would otherwise pass by intestacy, I give, devise and bequeath any such failed or lapsed legacy or devise to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to be used in such a manner as the Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press shall, in its sole discretion, determine."

For more information

Please contact us for information regarding other bequeaths.

Correspondence can be addressed to: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, 1156 15th Street NW, Suite 1250, Washington, DC 20005-1779.