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Defend the ideals of democracy for the future. By including the Brennan Center in your charitable estate plans, you will become a member of our Brennan Legacy Circle.

Defend the ideals of democracy for the future. By including the Brennan Center in your charitable estate plans, you will become a member of our Brennan Legacy Circle, which recognizes individuals with the unique vision and generosity to name the Brennan Center in their philanthropic planning.


“The Constitution will endure as a vital charter of human liberty as long as there are those with the courage to defend it, the vision to interpret it, and the fidelity to live by it.” 

– Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. (1906 – 1997)


Benefits of Joining the Brennan Legacy Circle

As a Brennan Legacy Circle member, you receive

  • A welcome package

  • A signed copy of The First to Vote by Michael Waldman, Brennan Center President

  • Invitations to special briefings and events

  • Recognition in select Brennan Center publications

  • The knowledge that you are defending American democracy for generations to come

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How to Create Your Legacy

  • Include the Brennan Center in your will or estate plans

  • Name the Brennan Center as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy, remaining IRA monies, real estate property, bank account, or charitable trust.

  • Make a contingency bequest

  • Make a gift of stock or mutual funds

Everyone Can Provide a Legacy for Democracy

  • There is no minimum gift to make to become a Brennan Legacy Circle member.

  • Becoming a Brennan Legacy Circle member costs you nothing to join now and is open to people of all ages.

If you would like learn more about how to leave your legacy for democracy, please complete the form below.

Alternatively, you can contact Paulette Hodge, Direct Response Manager paulette.hodge@nyu.edu or call 646 925 8750.

"There is no organization more important to the fights of our day than the Brennan Center. I simply can't imagine what would happen if the Center weren't here to hold our political institutions accountable and fight to elevate the voices of ordinary Americans. I've done my part to make sure that never happens and included the Brennan Center in my will. It is the least I can do to ensure our democracy remains strong as ever for the next generation."

— Patricia Bauman, Co-Chair of the Brennan Center Board of Directors and longstanding supporter

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