Achieving LGBT Equality Through Litigation, Legislation, Policy, and Public Education

Estate & Planned Giving

Give with the greatest impact, in the easiest way: become a member of the Friebe Legacy Circle by including the National Center for Lesbian Rights in your estate plans.

Estate gifts—including wills, trusts, retirement plans, and insurance policies—are a wonderful way to ensure that NCLR’s fight for LGBT civil rights can be carried on into the future. It’s a way to make your mark, to ensure the legacy you leave is a legacy of justice.

Friebe Legacy Circle

When life-long lesbian activist Mary Kathryn Friebe died of cancer at the age of 81 in 2002, she continued her commitment to NCLR by making a very generous bequest to our organization. In her memory, we established the Friebe Legacy Circle, designed to honor and recognize individuals who confirm their dedication to LGBT rights by including NCLR in their estate plans.

Mary Kathryn Friebe was born in 1920 to a poor, Roman Catholic family in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She supported a spectrum of organizations, large and small, local and national, concerned with fighting for LGBT people, young people, elders, veterans, the environment, endangered species, reproductive rights, and the right to die. As her niece Sera Morgan remembers, “Kathryn understood that working to secure our civil liberties takes time, heart, brains, persistence—and money.”

Membership Benefits

Besides knowing your inheritance will help to shape the future for LGBT civil rights, when you become a member of the Friebe Legacy Circle, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Recognition in Annual Report
  • Semi-annual NCLR newsletters and regular legal updates through email
  • Action alerts so you can take action on the issues that matter most to you.
  • Invitations to NCLR workshops and events across the nation throughout the year

Join the Friebe Circle

Sample Bequest Language

Below are examples of language you can use for different types of bequests to be included in your will or trust. Be sure to consult an attorney in preparing legal documents and include both our full legal name of National Center for Lesbian Rights and our tax identification number 94-3086885.

Percentage of your estate

“I give ____% of my estate to the National Center for Lesbian Rights, located in San Francisco, California, tax identification number 94-3086885, for its general charitable uses and purposes.”

Fixed amount of money

“I give $____ to the National Center for Lesbian Rights, located in San Francisco, California, tax identification number 94-3086885, for its general charitable uses and purposes.”

Real estate or other property

“I give [description of the property, including exact location] to the National Center for Lesbian Rights, located in San Francisco, California, tax identification number 94-3086885, for its general charitable uses and purposes.”

Residual bequest

“I give the residue of my estate to the National Center for Lesbian Rights, located in San Francisco, California, tax identification number 94-3086885, for its general charitable uses and purposes.”

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