Are donations to Judicial Watch tax-deductible?
Yes. Judicial Watch is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and contributions are tax-deductible for income, gift, and estate taxes.
How do I make a donation to Judicial Watch?
There are several ways that you can join Judicial Watch’s fight against corruption. They include:
- Check: Mail checks or money orders made payable to Judicial Watch at: 425 3rd Street, SW, Suite 800; Washington, DC 20024
- Telephone: Judicial Watch accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Please call us at 1-888-593-8442 between 8:30am and 5:30pm EST. Or use our secure internet form.
- Stock Gifts, Bonds, Securities and Wire Transfers: Judicial Watch welcomes gifts of stocks, bonds and other securities. A gift of appreciated securities allows you to take an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the asset to the extent allowable by law, regardless of the original purchase price. Stocks can be electronically transferred or you can send us the actual stock certificate. For account information, or our wire transfer information please call our development office at 1-888-593-8442 between 8:30am and 5:30 pm EST.
- Charitable Gift Annuities: Judicial Watch is able to offer Charitable Gift Annuities in a number of states. To find out how you can make a gift that provides an income to you for life, contact our Development Office at 1-888-593-8442 between 8:30am and 5:30pm EST.
- Matching Gifts: Inquire with your employer as to whether they have a matching gifts program. When your employer matches your contribution to Judicial Watch you can double or even triple your gift’s effectiveness. Judicial Watch has received matching gifts from: Altria Employee Involvement Programs, GE Foundation, Kimberly-Clark Foundation, Inc., Lily Endowment, Inc., MassMutual Financial Group, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Program, Tyco Employee Matching Gifts Program.
- Monthly Giving — The Amicus Society: “Fight corruption a little every month.” Members contribute to our shared goals and beliefs in the safest, most cost-efficient way. Your contribution is automatically debited from your checking account or charged to your credit card each month. Your regular tax-deductible contributions provide a steady monthly income and helps us defer our fundraising costs. Click here to download a form.
- Planned Giving: Having a well planned estate not only ensures the proper realization of your wishes; it shows a true dedication to Judicial Watch’s fight against corruption and guarantees our ability to promote transparency and freedom for generations to come. To discuss planned giving please contact our Director of Development, Steve Andersen at 1-888-593-8442 8:30am and 5:30 pm EST.
Click here to read about different ways to include Judicial Watch in your estate planning. Judicial Watch members who remember Judicial Watch in their estate plans are offered membership into the John Adam’s Society, Judicial Watch’s planned giving recognition society. Click here to read about Judicial Watch’s John Adams Society.
How Do I Provide For Judicial Watch in My Will?
There are three types of bequests:
Specific Bequest You designate a specific dollar amount, specific percentage, or specific property to Judicial Watch.
Residual Bequest Your estate will pay all debts, taxes, expenses, and specific bequests. The remaining amount—the residual—will be transferred to Judicial Watch.
Contingent Bequest You can ask that Judicial Watch receive all or a portion of your estate only under certain circumstances. For example, you can name Judicial Watch as a beneficiary of your estate only if there are no surviving close family members. Childless couples sometimes provide for the entire estate to go to the surviving spouse, or if the spouse does not survive, to Judicial Watch.
As a reference, Judicial Watch recommends the following language for friends to use in their wills:
“I give, devise, and bequeath to Judicial Watch, Inc., 425 Third Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024, the sum of _______ (or otherwise describe the gift or specify a percentage of the estate).”
Other types of Planned Giving:
- Charitable Gift Annuities
- Charitable Remainder Trusts
- Charitable Lead Trusts
- Life Insurance
- Retirement Plans
Want more information? Call 1-888-593-8442 and request your copy of “How to Make a Will that Works.”
What is the John Adams Society?
The John Adams Society distinguishes those men and women who strongly believe in the mission and goals of Judicial Watch and have generously invested in its future. Recognition and membership are awarded to all individuals who have included Judicial Watch in their will or other estate plans.
As a member of the John Adams Society you will receive:
- Your name permanently and proudly displayed on the John Adams Society recognition wall at Judicial Watch’s national headquarters in Washington, DC.
- Recognition in Judicial Watch’s monthly publication The Verdict.
- The option of remaining anonymous if you wish.
- A distinctive gift, specially designed for members of Judicial Watch’s John Adams Society.
- The wonderful opportunity to inspire others to follow your leadership by including Judicial Watch in their estate plans.
John Adams Society members are encouraged to send in photographs and brief biographies to be published alongside your name. You will have the unique opportunity to express your reasons for supporting mission of Judicial Watch and deciding to ensure its future.
Why John Adams?
Because you, like our second President John Adams, share a commitment to justice, honesty and integrity in government.
Your commitment to Judicial Watch through your planned gift ensures that our organization will have the resources to continue and expand our activities as an influential watchdog, defending openness in government and battling political corruption at all levels of government. Your planned gift commitment to Judicial Watch will leave a legacy of freedom for our nation that future generations will enjoy.
Already included Judicial Watch in your estate plans? Send an email to let us know!