Bequest Challenge

Bequest Challenge

A Brief Introduction

Since Mother Jones published its first issue in 1976, we’ve been passionately dedicated to delivering fearless, independent, and scrupulously truthful investigative journalism. It’s never been more important—because truth, accountability, and democracy don’t take care of themselves: We need to fight for them over and over again. You can help us do this.

To help ensure a vibrant democracy for generations to come, a group of longtime donors have offered to match your future commitment to Mother Jones right now!

Read MoJo CEO Monika Bauerlein’s essay about what this bequest challenge means for our work, right now.

Thanks to these donors, if you join the Mother Jones Legacy Society by including us in your will or estate plan today, a donation equal to 10 percent of the expected value of your gift will be made to Mother Jones right now in your honor…up to $10,000.

For example, a future legacy gift of $50,000 will trigger a $5,000 matching gift today. Or a future gift of $100,000 will trigger a $10,000 gift. If you choose to keep your future gift amount private, $1,000 will be donated now in your honor.

For more information or to participate in the Bequest Challenge, please contact us or fill out the form below. Because we need muckraking journalism now—and in the future.

Thank you for your support!



Hear from Judy Wade and Bill Baker, who have joined the Legacy Society and accepted the Bequest Challenge


Judy Wade and Bill Baker
Phoenix | Legacy Society Members



How the Bequest Challenge Works

The Bequest Challenge is a campaign to inspire our supporters to make bequest commitments for the future and, in return, help us earn much-needed challenge grant dollars for use today!

Through the Bequest Challenge, you can maximize the impact of your future bequest and estate plans.

Step 1:
Name Mother Jones in your will or living trust or as a beneficiary of your retirement or financial account. New commitments and previously established bequest plans can qualify.

Step 2:
Download a Bequest Challenge form here or click here to fill it out online.

Step 3:
A group of longtime Mother Jones donors will make a gift right now to Mother Jones in your honor. They will donate a gift equal to 10 percent of the value of your future gift, up to a maximum grant of $10,000. If you’d prefer to keep the estimated value of your gift private, they will donate $1,000 in your honor.



Meet Other Legacy Society Donors


Every day, the need for reliable information becomes more and more precious. For decades, we’ve relied on Mother Jones to report the truth, unbeholden to corporate filters. By joining the Legacy Society, we hope to ensure Mother Jones continues for decades to come!
Midge and Steve Carstensen
Redmond, Washington | Legacy Society Members


For a healthy democracy, we need reporting that challenges our assumptions, digs up the truth, and uncovers connections the rest of the media can’t or won’t uncover. Mother Jones meets this challenge. I joined the Legacy Society to support this critical work not only today, but long into the future.
Joel Nigg
Portland, Oregon | Legacy Society Member


I’ve spent my whole life working for underserved and vulnerable communities. When I thought about where I could have the largest impact and ripple effect for my money, I immediately thought of Mother Jones. I hope with my gift they are able to thrive for decades to come.
Kathye Gorosh
Chicago | Legacy Society Member


What Gifts Qualify

  • Will/Living Trust
  • IRA/Retirement Account
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Bank, Brokerage, or Other Financial Account

Join Now

If you’re ready to participate in the Bequest Challenge, please download the Bequest Challenge documentation form or fill out the form below!



Type of Gift


Contact Us

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Steve Katz
Mother Jones
P.O. Box 584
San Francisco, CA 94104-0584
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