Planned Giving

By including the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in your will or estate plans, you commit to ensuring the BJC’s mission into the future. 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, click here to fill out the simple form or contact the development office at 202-544-4226 or

PrintGiven the opportunity, most of us would like to leave a legacy to benefit the things we value in our lifetime.

Planned giving helps us consider what and when to give, as well as how to structure philanthropic contributions to meet our personal financial goals. When you make an estate gift to the BJC, you automatically become a member of the James Dunn Legacy Circle.

 As you make your estate plans, consider:

  • Which people or organizations do I want to benefit from my estate?
  • What kind of legacy will I leave?
  • How can I leave a lasting impact on the people most dear to me and the world in which I live?

Ways to Give

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.  

Ways to include the BJC through a bequest:

  • Gift of a percentage of your estate.
  • Gift of a specific dollar amount or asset.
  • 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.

Why We Give

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My support helps sustain “the work of the BJC into the future.”

–Dwight Jessup


“The BJC is prepared to strongly defend religious liberty.”

–Reba Cobb

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“I am happy to simply be a very small part of this big and important work.”

–Pauletta Reeves


“I want my legacy with [the BJC] to be that of an encourager.”

–Bill Genet

“There is no more foundational right than religious freedom.”

— Woody and Penny Jenkins

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James Dunn Legacy Circle

All who make an estate gift to the BJC automatically become members of the James Dunn Legacy Circle.

James M. Dunn (1932-2015) was executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee from 1981-1999, and he is well-known for his stalwart defense of religious liberty, contributions throughout Baptist life, pithy turns of phrase, and ubiquitous bow tie. Dunn led the BJC through one of the most difficult periods in its history—the departure of one of its founding member bodies.

 The BJC chose to name our planned giving program after Dunn in order to recognize his important role in our history. In addition, Dunn and his wife, Marilyn, created an estate plan that bequests a generous gift to the BJC in their will. 

 “I choose to leave the BJC in our estate plan because the separation of church and state, as explained by the BJC, is an essential corollary of the deeply held theology of Baptists in our dedication to soul freedom, which speaks not only to the competency of the individual before God but to the belief that all humanity is created in the image of God. Universal human rights, then, become the natural outgrowth of seminal soul freedom.

 “Those who accept and foster these beliefs reflect that intentionality in making a planned gift to the BJC. This affirms the uniqueness of the BJC among religious freedom advocates. The BJC alone supports goals, purposes, and actions which are deeply theologically rooted.”

 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, click here to fill out the simple form or contact the development office at 202-544-4226 or

 Members of the James Dunn Legacy Circle will receive:

  • Recognition in Report from the Capital and on our website
  • Invitations to special events
  • James Dunn Legacy Circle lapel pin

James Dunn banner photo courtesy of Ken Bennett / Wake Forest University



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