CIR needs your help to preserve our liberty!
CIR is a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to the defense of individual liberties. CIR’s cases protect individuals by enforcing constitutional limits on state and federal officials.
We aggressively litigate and publicize a handful of carefully selected cases that offer the best chance to set lasting legal precedents. Each legal victory expands the right of individuals to control their own lives and participate fully in public life according to their individual belief and judgment.
Our opponents have enormous financial resources and the weight of the government on their side, but every contribution to CIR helps keep liberty alive in the courts by producing historic legal victories that materially advance individual rights.
Bang for your buck!
CIR devotes between 80% and 90% of its expenses to its core missions: litigation and public education; last year, the figure was 81% (Source: CIR’s audited financial statements, March 31, 2023)
Ways to Give
You can contribute to CIR through PayPal by going to CIR’s portal on the PayPal site, entering an amount, and logging in to your account:
CIR depends on a network of litigators and other members of the private bar who provide valuable assistance in our cases. If you are an attorney who believes in individual rights and would like the opportunity to assist with CIR’s on high-profile cases, click below to learn more.
CIR can accept gifts of stock electronically through its broker or directly through the mail.
If you would like to make a contribution, or if you have other questions, please call Terry Pell, CIR’s President at:
1-202-833-8400, ext. 113
For electronic transfers of stock, please use the following information:
|Account Name:||Center for Individual Rights|
|Contact:||J. Timothy Thompson|
|CIR tax id no.:||52-1600481|
Please advise us of stock transfers by calling or emailing Terry Pell, or faxing CIR at (202-833-8410).
When you include the Center for Individual Rights in your will, you help defend individual rights for years to come.
The language in your will can be as simple as “I hereby give, devise and bequeath to the Center for Individual Rights of Washington, DC, the sum of $________.”
Because CIR is a non-profit charitable organization, your bequest is completely free of estate taxes.
Retirement Plan Language
You may name the Center for Individual Rights as the beneficiary of your retirement benefits. Donors should consult with financial advisors regarding the tax benefits of such gifts.
Naming CIR as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan asset such as a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Keogh or pension plan will accomplish a charitable goal while realizing significant tax savings. Retirement plan assets are often subject to estate taxes and the income is fully taxable when received by an individual beneficiary.
Making a charitable gift may be a better use of this type of asset. By naming CIR as the beneficiary of a retirement plan, the donor maintains complete control over the asset while living, but at the donor’s death the plan passes to CIR free of both estate and income taxes.
As a result of the gift of retirement funds, the donor’s other assets, such as cash and securities, will not be as highly taxed to his or her heirs.
To make a significant future gift to CIR through your retirement plan (401k, 403b, IRA’s):
- Name the Center for Individual Rights as a primary beneficiary of part or all remaining assets in your retirement plan at your death.
- Name the Center for Individual Rights as a contingent beneficiary.
- Name the Center for Individual Rights at the death of your surviving spouse.
Simply request a change of beneficiary form from either your employer or the financial institution managing your retirement plan(s). Make the necessary changes, return the form to your retirement plan manager and notify the Center for Individual Rights of your intent.
If you would like to include CIR in your will or retirement plan, please call our toll-free number and ask for Terry Pell:
Terry’s number: 1-202-833-8400, ext. 113
Or write us at:
Center for Individual Rights
1100 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 625
Washington, DC 20036
The information on this page is not intended as legal, tax or investment advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney, tax professional or investment professional.
The generous commitment of our Monthly Giving Club, Liberty Club and Leadership Council members enables us to set landmark precedent protecting individual rights. Members in these clubs are among the top five percent of CIR supporters.
Monthly Giving Club
As a member of CIR’s Monthly Giving Club, your regular, monthly donations will help provide a stable source of funding to help CIR protect individual rights and limited government.
To set up a monthly, recurring gift to CIR, go to the online donations form at the top of this page and select “monthly recurring gift.”
The first gift will be charged on the day following the date you submit the form, and each subsequent gift on that day each month following. You can stop the recurring gifts anytime by calling or emailing Terry Pell.
CIR’s Liberty Club recognizes annual gifts of $1,000 or more. Supporters who make a gift of $1,000 or more annually receive a full range of exclusive membership benefits including:
- A quarterly insider’s report from CIR’s president, Terry Pell, about CIR’s high profile lawsuits;
- Invitations to attend special events in your area;
- Occasional special briefings on important issues and litigation that affect individual rights and the rule of law, with the option to receive these updates via mail or email;
- Recognition of your support displayed on a plaque at the national CIR headquarters.
Supporters who donate $10,000 or more annually become members of CIR’s Leadership Council, a group of our most committed partners. These distinguished individuals share in CIR’s vision to fight for basic principles to further democratic self-government. In addition to the benefits listed above, Leadership Council members also receive:
- Monthly Insider’s Reports from CIR’s president, Terry Pell;
- Invitations to attend high profile legal events in Washington, D.C.