CPJ is extremely grateful to its many corporate donors, which include major media organizations, international corporations, and financial institutions. All corporate donors, who are listed in the Current Supporters section of our website, are recognized in CPJ promotional materials and receive CPJ Impact, our electronic newsletter, and Attacks on the Press, our annual publication on press freedom worldwide. Corporate donors are also given priority access to tables at our annual International Press Freedom Awards dinner.
CPJ is grateful to the many foundations that have supported our activities and worked with us to defend press freedom in more than 120 countries. Program officers or members of foundations interested in learning more about CPJ should contact the Department of Development and Outreach via email or call its director, John Weis, at (212) 465-1004, ext. 113.
In-kind donations and services can make a significant difference to CPJ. Consider donating a broad range of products and services, including technology, advertising, publicity, printing, graphic design, photography, video, or media equipment. Write to [email protected] or call (212) 465-1004, ext. 107.
Including CPJ in your estate plans is a wonderful way to help ensure the organization's future, and it is easy to carry out. A charitable bequest to CPJ may be included in your will when it is written or revised. You may also add a bequest through a codicil, a separate document consisting of an amendment to an existing will. All charitable bequests are fully deductible from your gross estate.
The following examples are meant to illustrate a variety of bequest techniques. You should consult an attorney to adapt this language to your individual circumstances as part of an overall estate plan.
A specific bequest is a gift of a particular dollar amount or a particular piece of property. For example:
I bequeath (dollar amount or description of property) to the Committee to Protect Journalists (or its successor).
A residuary bequest is a gift of all or part of the property remaining in your estate after debts, expenses, and specific bequests have been paid. When you use a percentage instead of a specific amount, your gift will stay relatively the same in proportion to your entire estate, regardless of unexpected increases or decreases in its value. For example:
I give, bequeath, and devise (all, or XX percent) of the rest, residue, and remainder of the property, both real and personal, wherever situated, which I may own or be entitled to at my death, to the Committee to Protect Journalists (or its successor).
A contingent bequest is a gift that takes effect only if the primary beneficiary or beneficiaries of the bequest predecease you. For example:
If neither my husband nor any descendants of mine survive me, then I give, bequeath, and devise all of the rest, residue, and remainder of the property, both real and personal, wherever situated, which I may own or be entitled to at my death, to the Committee to Protect Journalists (or its successor).
One of the most cost-effective ways of including CPJ in your estate plans is to leave either the remainder or a portion of the remainder of your retirement plan to the Committee to Protect Journalists. If the unused portion of your pension fund, 401(k), or IRA is assigned to any individual(s) other than a spouse, it is subject to an estate tax at your death, as well as an income tax when received by the heirs (if your estate is $650,000 or more). The two combined could erode up to 80 percent of the remaining benefits. If bequeathed to the Committee to Protect Journalists, those funds would escape both income and estate taxes, thereby reducing your taxable estate.
If you own a life insurance policy that is no longer needed for the protection of your family or for other purposes, you may use it to make a gift to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The simplest way is to make CPJ both owner and irrevocable beneficiary of the policy, which would entitle you to an income tax deduction based on either the total value of the premiums paid, or the cash surrender value, whichever is less. An alternative is to name CPJ the beneficiary of a policy you receive through your place of employment.
Thank you for your interest in CPJ, and for helping us to defend journalists and press freedom around the world.