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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.

Through your will, you can specify that some or all of your assets benefit Common Cause. After your lifetime, the asset(s) you specify will pass to Common Cause and your estate could take 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 a codicil specifying a gift of one of the following:

  • Fixed amount: You specify a dollar amount or asset in your will for Common Cause.
  • Percentage: You name a percentage of your estate for Common Cause. This allows the size of your gift to adjust to your financial circumstances.
  • Residual: Once your family and friends are remembered and all your debts and taxes settled, Common Cause receives all or a percentage of whatever remains in your estate.
  • Contingent: Name Common Cause as a contingent beneficiary in case your primary beneficiaries pre-decease you.

The following language can be used to provide for 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 1133 19th Street NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036.”

The John Gardner Legacy Circle is 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.  Donors of bequests are invited into our John Gardner Legacy Circle. For more information on making a gift of bequests, please contact Trina Ramsey at 202-736-5744, or write to us at:

Common Cause
Attn: Planned Giving / John Gardner Legacy Circle
1133 19th Street NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20036

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