Members of the Mother Jones Legacy Society come from many walks of life, but all have one thing in common: they trust in Mother Jones to report the truth that will help build a more equitable and just society. Here are a few of their stories:
Ed and Diane Buckner
Depend on Mother Jones to deliver the hard facts.
“We want an independent, well-informed, mostly unbiased, powerful force. But we also want any group’s biases (and those are inevitable) to be in the direction of women’s rights, progressivism, unions, working people, compassion, and support for leaders with integrity. And never should any of us settle for timid reporting—journalists who tell the truth but only when the truth isn’t scary. We can’t face reality if we don’t have the facts—all of them. We just cannot think of an organization that fits the bill for all this as well as Mother Jones. We have been reading from the beginning, and we have both included Mother Jones in our wills.”
Steve and Midge Carstensen
Bequeathing a percentage of their estate to Mother Jones to inspire action.
“Many people talk about helping, but fewer actually spend effort to touch others and make real differences in their lives. It’s just not enough to know about problems, it is far more important to do something. I think money left to Mother Jones is a result of a good choice. I know that it will lead to good outcomes. I am completely confident that this means others will succeed because of what I did. This feels good.”
Knows Mother Jones’ reporting gives a voice to those most vulnerable.
“I grew up volunteering for social justice causes. Today, I work in health and human services 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 have trusted Mother Jones since they were founded. I hope with my gift they are able to thrive for decades to come.”
Trusts Mother Jones to tell the truth for generations to come.
“I don’t expect to solve all the country’s problems before I die, but I do expect MJ to be around to make sure the American populace has the information they need to make the changes that matter. If the American people don’t have the truth how can they do anything to make this a better place? Mother Jones is relentless about going after the truth. I know that they will continue their hard and necessary work long after I’m gone.”
Supports Mother Jones with both legacy and annual gifts.
“I’ve been fortunate to have attained financial independence while pursuing my vocational interests. Part of the reason is that I kept abreast of current events that could affect my finances and freedoms to live a purposeful life. Mother Jones helped make that happen, so I give as much as I can. Investigative journalism needs support today through annual donations and in the future through Legacy Society membership. My annual gift is helping Mother Jones remain solvent and active through my lifespan so they will be able to receive and use my final legacy donation.”
Judy Wade and Bill Baker
Included Mother Jones in their trust to ensure that justice reporting continues to thrive.
“As former journalists, we trust Mother Jones for ferreting out stories that we did not have the resources to pursue. Mother Jones does an exceptional job of focusing on what we need to know and what we can do to remedy unjust situations. For that reason, Mother Jones is part of our trust, and we hope that it will continue its unflagging pursuit of what is right and fair.”