Two years ago, IJ launched the Bernard and Lisa Selz Legacy Challenge to ensure that we have the resources we need to continue defending liberty for generations to come. We are now in the final weeks of the campaign, and we ask for your help to meet our ambitious goal and secure IJ’s long-term strength and success.
You may recall that longtime IJ donors Bernard and Lisa Selz challenged us to earn $100 million in planned gift commitments by the end of 2018. To help us reach this goal, they pledged $2.7 million in matching funds. Simply put, Bernard and Lisa agreed to make a donation to IJ now for each new or re-affirmed pledge of future support IJ receives.
We need your help to finish the campaign strong by our December 31 deadline.
If you have included the Institute for Justice in your will or have made IJ the beneficiary of a retirement or other account—or if you have considered doing so—please tell us.
By joining the more than 250 people who have already participated in the Selz Legacy Challenge, you will have an extraordinary impact on IJ for many years to come, providing us with the resources necessary to win and safeguard the kind of victories you read about in this and every issue of Liberty & Law.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I participate in the Selz Legacy Challenge?
Name the Institute for Justice in your will, or as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, savings account, or life insurance policy, helping us defend individual liberty well into the future.
Complete and submit a Selz Legacy Challenge Matching Form. One is included in this newsletter, and a secure online version is available at ij.org/pledge-online.
I have already included IJ in my will. Is my gift eligible?
Yes! If you already have IJ in your plans, simply complete and submit the Matching Form to join the Challenge. There is no need to change your existing arrangement.
What if my circumstances change in the future and I have to revise my will?
The Matching Form is not a legally binding pledge—you are welcome to change your plans if your situation changes. IJ will keep any information you provide strictly confidential.
I plan to leave IJ a percentage of my estate, but I don’t know how much it will be worth in the future. What amount should I put on the pledge form?
Please provide your best good-faith estimate of the current value of your bequest. There is no need to forecast future years’ earnings or withdrawals in reporting your gift.
I would like to make a gift from my IRA using a qualified charitable distribution (QCD). Is that gift eligible for the Challenge?
While we greatly appreciate current IRA gifts—and will put them to immediate good use—they do not qualify for a match under the terms of the challenge grant. However, making IJ the beneficiary of a retirement or other account is an eligible gift.
More FAQs and other information is available at ij.org/Selz. We would also be glad to talk with you as you consider making a legacy gift to IJ. Please reach out to Melanie Hildreth at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 682-9320, ext. 222, with questions or to discuss the effect your gift will have on IJ’s future.