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Making a Planned Gift

Through a planned gift, you can provide for the future of Public Citizen, Inc. or Public Citizen Foundation, Inc. without making an outright gift of cash. Using almost any asset, you can benefit yourself and help us continue the work in which you believe.

Public Citizen, Inc., a 501(c)(4) organization, was established in 1971 and lobbies for strong citizen and consumer protection laws to ensure access to the courts, hold corporations accountable, help curb our energy addiction, protect patients, and fight for justice in the global economy.

You can name Public Citizen, Inc. beneficiary of a:

  • Life insurance policy
  • Individual retirement plan
  • Living trust or
  • Will

To name Public Citizen, Inc. beneficiary of a life insurance policy or individual retirement plan, you must obtain and complete a Change of Beneficiary Form from the plan administrator using:

Our name: Public Citizen, Inc.  
Address: 1600 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
 
Federal tax ID#: 23-7104508  

The following is our recommended language to name Public Citizen, Inc. beneficiary of a Will or living trust:

 
“I hereby give and bequeath ____($_____, or_____percent of the rest, remainder and residue of my estate, or the proceeds from the sale of real estate by my estate that I own located at_____ ) to Public Citizen, Inc., a nonprofit District of Columbia corporation exempt from Federal taxation under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, located at 1600 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, Federal tax ID #23-7104508.”  


Public Citizen Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1982 to support Public Citizen, Inc.’s education, litigation, research and public information activities.

You can:

  • Make an outright gift of appreciated property, such as real estate or securities
  • Name us beneficiary of a life insurance policy, individual retirement plan, living trust, or checking account
  • Fund a charitable gift annuity that will provide one or two individuals income for life
  • Establish a charitable remainder trust that will provide one or two individuals with a variable or fixed income for life or a number of years
  • Establish a charitable lead trust that will provide the Foundation with a variable or fixed income for a number of years and then benefit an individual’s loved ones
  • Name us beneficiary of a Will using the following language:

    To name Public Citizen Foundation, Inc. beneficiary of a life insurance policy or individual retirement plan, you must obtain and complete a Change of Beneficiary Form from the plan administrator using:

    Our name: Public Citizen Foundation, Inc.  
    Address: 1600 20th Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20009
     
    Federal tax ID#: 52-1263996  

    The following is our recommended language to name Public Citizen Foundation, Inc. beneficiary of a Will or living trust:

     
    “I hereby give and bequeath ____($_____, or_____percent of the rest, remainder and residue of my estate, or the proceeds from the sale of real estate by my estate that I own located at_____ ) to Public Citizen Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit District of Columbia corporation exempt from Federal taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, located at 1600 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, Federal tax ID #52-1263996.”  


    Please note: Gifts to Public Citizen, Inc.– a 501(c)(4) organization, are not tax-deductible while gifts to Public Citizen Foundation, Inc. – a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law for income, gift and estate tax purposes.

    If you have questions or need further assistance, contact Steve I. Schneider, Esq., Planned Giving Advisor, at 1-800-999-1906 or sschneider@citizen.org. And please let us know if you have included either organization in your estate plans so that we can thank you now for your future support.

     

     

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