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The Richard John Neuhaus Society provides a way for the Institute on Religion and Public Life’s most committed supporters to sustain First Things and our other educational programs far into the future. Members play an important role in upholding the vital role of faith in the public square.

To join the Richard John Neuhaus Society, you need only do what he did: remember the Institute on Religion and Public Life in your estate plans. These gifts cost you nothing during your lifetime. But they will play a very important role in shaping our future. Members of the Richard John Neuhaus Society will be honored each year on our website, as well as in other venues, including our annual report.

Father Neuhaus believed that “culture is the root of politics, and religion is the root of culture.” He knew we need to begin with First Things. His vision continues to guide First Things today.

When he died in 2009, Father Neuhaus left not only a tremendous intellectual legacy to the Institute; he left a generous bequest as well. In acknowledgment of his extraordinary gifts to First Things, we are delighted to establish this Society in his honor.

There are a number of ways you can become a member of the Richard John Neuhaus Society. These include, for example:

  • A bequest of a particular asset (“I give to the Institute on Religion and Public Life, New York, NY, all of my right, title, and interest in .”)
  • A bequest of a designated dollar amount (“I give and bequeath the sum of ____________________ dollars US ($___________) to the Institute on Religion and Public Life, New York, NY.”)
  • A bequest of a percentage of your estate (“I give, devise, and bequeath the residue of my estate, real and personal, as follows: A percent (%) thereof shall be distributed absolutely to the Institute on Religion and Public Life, New York, NY.”)
  • Making the organization a beneficiary in a life insurance policy or retirement account.

Keep in mind that to make any sort of planned gift, it is important that you get the advice and assistance of your financial advisor and/or attorney. Please consult with a trusted professional to work out the details and to learn about other planned-giving vehicles. If you or your advisor have any questions, contact Carter Skeel, Director of Development, at or call us at 212-627-1985.

When you make the decision to remember First Things in your estate plans, please let us know. We would like to acknowledge and honor you as a member of the Richard John Neuhaus Society!