Sojourners is an ecumenical Christian media and advocacy organization that works towards social and racial justice. Sojourners publishes an award-winning magazine, produces daily news and commentary on sojo.net, and mobilizes people of faith for social justice through its advocacy initiative SojoAction. Your generosity in support of our work is greatly appreciated.
Support Sojourners — Join the Sustainers Circle!
Your consistent, monthly support sustains Sojourners and serves as a critical resource of hope and transformation in a world that so desperately needs it. Our Sustainers Circle members receive:
- A complimentary subscription to Sojourners magazine print, web, and digital editions (with your donation of $10/month or more).
- Regular updates from the Sojourners staff so you know the impact of your gift.
Building the Faithful Future
Sojourners’ 50th Anniversary Campaign is a unique opportunity to provide the foundation that Sojourners needs to build movement leadership, strengthen financial sustainability, and invest in our infrastructure, which will be critical to expanding our voice and impact.
As a member of Sojourners’ Stewardship Community, your faithful gifts of $1,000 or more per year enable us to share our vision for the future and ensure that Sojourners remains strong, sustainable, and able to reach more people and places of influence. The Stewardship Community provides a significant portion of our annual budget.
Our levels of giving include:
- Change Makers (giving between $1,000-$5,000 annually)
- Movement Builders (giving between $5,000-$20,000 annually)
- Founders Circle (giving at $20,000 or more annually)
Help us make change, build a movement, and move mountains by joining the Stewardship Community today!
By making a planned gift to Sojourners, you are supporting the emergence of a new generation committed to putting their faith into action for justice while gaining financial and tax benefits for you and your family. The Legacy Circle recognizes those who remember Sojourners in their estate plans with the following benefits:
- A complimentary subscription to Sojourners magazine print, web, and digital editions.
- Invitations to Legacy Circle gatherings.
- Sojourners' annual report and our semi-annual newsletter, Legacy.
To learn more about the Legacy Circle, please direct your confidential comments and questions to our Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few of the most common ways to join the Legacy Circle:
Wills and Bequests
To leave a gift in your will, simply share this sentence with your attorney or financial planner:
“I bequeath $ ______ or ______% of my estate to Sojourners."
408 C Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
You can add Sojourners to your existing will by revising and re-executing the document at any time, or by executing a separate amendment called a codicil.
Retirement Assets are not normally part of a will. Did you know that the average estate loses up to 50 percent of retirement assets to taxes? So, make sure you don’t fund the next war or injustice. Find more information here.
Retirement Savings form a significant part of working Americans’ assets. They include:
- Individual retirement accounts (IRAs), 401 (k) or 403 (b) plans;
- Private pension plans;
- State, local, and federal government pension plans;
- Certain taxable money earmarked for retirement, such as stock you inherited from a deceased relative.
Simply add the following beneficiary:
408 C Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Naming Sojourners as a recipient of a portion of a life insurance policy is a convenient way to leave a legacy for justice. Simply add the following beneficiary to your policy:
408 C Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.
A donation of appreciated stock, mutual funds, bonds, or other appreciated assets is an effective way to maximize your charitable gift while minimizing the tax burden on your estate and eliminating capital gains tax. You can deduct the full fair market value of your appreciated securities (if owned more than one year) and you save again by avoiding all capital gains taxes. For more information, download this PDF.
Charitable Remainder Trusts
A charitable remainder trust can provide life income for you (and your spouse) and distribute the remainder to a charity, such as Sojourners. A charitable remainder trust is similar to a gift annuity but is more complex and typically funded by appreciated assets. The most common charitable remainder trusts are the charitable remainder unitrust and the charitable remainder annuity trust. Please contact us to discuss charitable remainder trusts or request more information.
A charitable gift annuity is a gift that will provide you and/or your spouse with guaranteed fixed income for life and then later support the mission of Sojourners. Charitable gift annuities provide an immediate income tax deduction for a sizable portion of the gift. In addition, a large percentage of the fixed payments are tax-free in most cases. Charitable gift annuities to Sojourners are normally funded with cash or appreciated assets valued at $10,000 or more. If desired, the fixed payments of a charitable gift annuity can also be deferred. Charitable gift annuity rates are determined annually by the American Council on Gift Annuities. Rates depend on your age and/or your spouses’ age at the time when you make the gift; rates increase when you choose to defer your payment for one year or more. Visit the Planned Giving Design Center to find current annuity rates based on your age or ages and the size of your gift.
Memorial giving is a meaningful way to recognize significant life events and people while supporting Sojourners. We will notify your honoree or their family of your gift with your choice of either a mailed card or an e-card. A separate acknowledgment will be mailed to you for your tax records.
Did you know that you can designate Sojourners as the recipient of your automatic payroll deductions? If you’re a federal or state employee, you can support Sojourners through the Combined Federal Campaign by using Sojourners’ identification code #12191. Also, check with your local United Way campaign, or your company’s human resources department for more information on how you can support Sojourners with your paycheck.
Many employers will match donations to nonprofit organizations like Sojourners. Contact your employer’s human resources department to see if they have a matching gift program.
Donor Advised Funds
A simple way to support Sojourners is by making a gift through your Donor Advised Fund or Family Foundation. You can recommend grants to Sojourners at your convenience while avoiding the administrative hassle. Sojourners Tax ID #: 23-7380554
Giving Securities or Gifts of Cash by Wire Transfer
When you give a gift of appreciated securities to Sojourners, a 501(c)(3) organization, you can avoid the capital gains tax on those securities and also receive an immediate charitable income tax deduction. It is important that you have owned the stock or securities for one year or more, and that you donate the securities themselves (not the proceeds from the sale of the securities). Making a transfer of securities or a cash transfer to Sojourners is easy. Click here to download instructions along with a sample letter for your broker.