For more than 40 years Common Cause has fought to hold power accountable, in Washington, DC and all around the country. By including Common Cause in your will, you will ensure that we have the resources needed to work to make each vote count, each legislator accountable, and each law ethical and responsible. After your lifetime, the asset(s) you specify will pass to our c3, Common Cause Education Fund are eligible for a charitable deduction for the amount of your bequest.

There are many ways to leave a bequest to Common Cause. If you already have a will, you can simply add language specifying a gift of one of the following ways:

  • Fixed Amount: Specify a dollar amount or asset in your will to go to Common Cause.
  • Percentage: Specify a percentage of your estate to go to Common Cause. This allows the size of your gift to fluctuate based on changes in your estate.
  • Residual: Your gift to Common Cause is made after distributions to family and friends and all relevant debts and taxes are settled.
  • Contingent: Common Cause is remembered as a contingent beneficiary, in case your primary beneficiaries pre-decease you.

 Below is sample language to provide to your attorney to remember Common Cause in your will:

“I hereby bequeath ______ to Common Cause, a non-profit organization incorporated by the laws of the District of Columbia and having its principal office at 805 15th Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005.”

By notifying us of your intent to leave an estate gift, you automatically become members of the John Gardner Legacy Circle, our way of expressing our heartfelt appreciation to those who make a significant commitment to a government by and for all for our future generations.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about making an estate gift or need further details, please don’t hesitate to contact Max Wolfson at or (202) 736-5785.

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