What is the Keystone Society?
It is a way to be recognized annually for your leadership support of the Foundation’s mission. Membership shows you are someone who recognizes the importance of civic education and civil justice. Your donations are unrestricted so they can be applied to the areas of greatest need.
What will my donation do?
- Help students participate in regional, state and national civics competitions for We the People: the Citizen & the Constitution and the Indiana High School Mock Trial programs to learn critical thinking, teamwork and public speaking skills
- Educate teachers in civil rights history and teaching tools through professional development
- Launch the 2017 Civic Health Index
- Grow the We the People program by 10%, especially among high-poverty schools
- Expand Indiana’s High School Mock Trial program to more regions
- Relaunch the Indiana Legal Answers website with a better infrastructure for volunteers and the public
What is the minimum donation?
In 2017, donors may receive recognition for increasing their donation to $750 by September 30. Normally, a donation of $1,000 is required before September 30 annually to be recognized as a partner. Other donor levels include:
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Cumulative donations will qualify for the match so long as they are made between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Donations must be an increase over the donor's previous donation to be eligible for the match.
How do I qualify?
Write a check today or donate online to ensure your donation begins working immediately. This work doesn't happen without your help.
Deferred Giving through the Cornerstone Society
When you use your charitable gift to establish an endowment, the gift is invested with two goals: to make the principal grow faster than inflation and to provide income for the designated program. The principal is never touched, and any earnings over a certain amount—usually five percent—are channeled back into the fund to grow it. Well-managed endowments can generate income indefinitely and therefore allow donors to establish a legacy.
We have established several endowed funds that are restricted to mission-centered purposes. These restricted endowed funds include law-related education, access to justice, and initiatives to improve the legal system. Find a list of the various Cornerstone Society funds here.
The Foundation also encourages donors to consider sponsoring named fund initiatives. These funds may be created by individuals, firms or others interested in promoting the advancement of justice. These named funds direct assets to the Foundation in the form of cash or securities, bequests, gifts of real property, life insurance, or by life income arrangements. All of these named funds will be publicly designated and grants may be awarded when the fund reaches a minimum of $10,000. Annually, the distinguished roster of named funds will be published in the Annual Report of the Foundation. All donors to the Foundation by bequest or life income arrangement will be honored as Legacy members of the Cornerstone Society.
For information on alternative ways to give, including gifts by will, life insurance, stock, and securities, click here. Contact Theresa Browning at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 269-7864.