Open House at the new Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty

By BJC Staff Reports

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty is pleased to announce the formation of the James Dunn Legacy Circle, honoring those benefactors whose estate gifts ensure the BJC’s mission and ministry have a future.

Click here to fill out a simple form for more information. Click here to visit the James Dunn Legacy Circle page.

The BJC chose to name our planned giving program after James Dunn in order to recognize his important role in our history. Dunn, who served as the BJC’s executive director from 1981-1999, established the BJC’s endowment in the 1990s and currently serves as its president. Dunn and his wife, Marilyn, have an estate plan that bequests a generous gift in their will.

There are two easy ways to make a planned gift to the BJC and become a member of the James Dunn Legacy Circle:

Wills and Bequests
With the help of an adviser, you can include or modify language in your will specifying a gift to the BJC as part of your estate plan. A bequest to the BJC in manner allows you to:
• Make larger gifts than would be possible during your lifetime.
• Retain control over your assets with the flexibility to modify your bequest if your circumstances change.
• Lessen the burden of estate taxes on your family.
• Know your gift will continue to ensure religious liberty even after you are gone. All bequests over $5,000 go into the BJC’s endowment, generating income in perpetuity.

You can bequest the BJC a gift of a percentage of your estate, a specific dollar amount or specific asset. You can also bequest a gift from the balance or residue of your estate.

Beneficiary of Retirement Accounts
You may lower estate taxes for your heirs by naming the BJC as the sole or one of several charitable beneficiaries of your IRA, Roth IRA, 403(b) or 401(k). The simplest way to make the gift is by naming the BJC directly on the beneficiary designation form.

Members of the James Dunn Legacy Circle will receive recognition in Report from the Capital and on the BJC’s website, invitations to special events, and a lapel pin.

If you have included the BJC in your estate plans or would like more information about naming us as a beneficiary of a will or retirement plan, please visit and fill out the simple form. You may also contact Development Director Taryn Deaton at 202-544-4226 or send an email to [email protected]


From the January 2015 Report From the Capital. Click here to return to the first article.

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