The DeSilver Society One of the most important ways you can express your personal commitment to the mission and work of the Roger Baldwin Foundation is by giving financial support that continues after your lifetime. We invite you to become a member of the DeSilver Society, by providing for the future defense of liberty, on the national and local levels, in one or more of the following ways.

  • Name the Roger Baldwin Foundation in your will: After providing for family members and others close to you, you can include the Roger Baldwin Foundation in your will.  A bequest to the Roger Baldwin Foundation qualifies for estate tax charitable deduction. Sample language: I give to the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois, an Illinois nonprofit corporation that is recognized as exempt from tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, with its principal offices at 150 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60601, [all (or ____ percent) of my residuary estate] or [the sum of $_______ ] to be used for its general purposes. Learn More!
  • Life Income Plans: Life income plans allow you to support the Roger Baldwin Foundation through a gift of cash or securities and, in return, receive income for the rest of your life. Life income plans also provide income tax savings and favorable capital gains tax treatment of gifts of appreciated assets. There are a variety of life income plans that can meet your charitable financial goals. Learn More!
  • Gifts of Life Insurance and Pension Plans: If you have life insurance through your employer or own a separate policy, you can name the Roger Baldwin Foundation as a beneficiary. You can also make the Roger Baldwin Foundation the beneficiary of an IRA or KEOGH plan, enabling you to avoid substantial income and estate taxes.
  • Gifts of Real Estate: You can contribute real estate outright or through a life income plan. You can even contribute your home and retain the right to reside there for life, and receive current income tax savings.

For any questions contact the Philanthropy and Engagement Department at 312-488-9579 or