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Planned Giving: Leave a Legacy

By designating the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation (formerly Sigma Delta Chi Foundation) as a beneficiary in your will/trust, life insurance, retirement, charitable gift annuities or other estate plans, you are providing a lasting legacy for both the future of SPJ and journalism. You will also become a member of the 1909 Society.

Supporters can choose to express their deep commitment to journalism is by naming the SPJ Foundation in their estate plans. This is one way to make a lasting contribution without affecting current financial security and freedom.

The 1909 Society

The SPJ Foundation gratefully acknowledges the 1909 Society members listed below who have included the foundation in their wills and estate plans.

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Frederick I. Archibald +
Jean Cumming Ash
Betsy F. Ashton
Philip A. Berman
William Bleyer
Alexander Bodi +
James O. Boyer +
Fred W. Brown, Jr.
Carolyn & Jan Carlson
David Carlson
Jeanne Carlson
Mike and Kay Cavender
Sherry Elizabeth Conohan +
Lucy A. Dalglish
Paul Davis
Donald Ferguson
Maurice M. Frink, Jr.
Stephen John Geimann
Maryanne Giustino
Ruth Ann Leach Harnisch
Terrence G. Harper +
Edward "Ned" Hildreth, Jr. +
Richard Holman +
Tom Johnson
Richard W. Keusink
Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver
Robert Leger
Carol Ann Mueller +
Joanne Lisosky & Michael Darcher
Staley McBrayer +
Robert Sanford McCord
John E. Mollwitz +
Martin Bradley Munn +
Charles R. Novitz +
Jean Hammond Otto +
Jonah Oxman +
Phil J. Record +
Samuel L. Singer +
Kevin Z. Smith
R. Leigh Smith, Jr. +
Sara Stone
Russell C. Tornabene +
Georgiana Vines

+ = deceased

Simply by informing us of your intention to leave a legacy gift, you will become a member of 1909 Society. And, if you prefer, we will keep your bequest intention confidential. We also understand fully if you prefer not to share specific amounts, or if you have no way of knowing what might be left over for your charitable gifts. The fact you’ve chosen the SPJ Foundation among your legacy priorities warrants our most sincere gratitude.

Georgiana Vines, a member since 1971, responded with this answer when asked she included the foundation in her planned giving:

"The Society of Professional Journalists and Sigma Delta Chi Foundation have helped me expand my interests and skills in journalism in ways I never would have thought imaginable. I am honored to have been SPJ national president in 1992-93, privileged to have been a director and secretary of the SDX Foundation, and feel lucky to be a Wells Key winner. Journalists across the U.S., who also share SPJ’s core missions of ethics, FOI, professional development and diversity, have become life-long friends."

If you choose to remember us in your plans, we welcome your letting us know so we may thank you appropriately by completing this form.

Suggested Bequest Language

“I bequeath (the sum of/percentage of/residue of my estate) to the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation, identification number 36-6106287, a not-for-profit organization located at P.O. Box 441748, Indianapolis, IN 46244.”

While we’re always happy to help with your planned giving needs with regards to the SPJ Foundation, it is always best to consult with an attorney.

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