Planned Giving Through the Isabel January Society

Your legacy gift supports a trusted institution that has a proven track record of informing public policy and driving positive change on a global scale.

Isabel January at her writing desk

Ensure your values transcend your lifetime by joining the Isabel January Society. The January Society is named for Isabel Vallé January Brookings, a remarkable individual who not only supported Brookings during her lifetime but also bequeathed the majority of her estate to secure the Institution’s long-term sustainability. Her transformative gift, given on the eve of Brookings’s 50th anniversary, solidified the financial foundation that propelled Brookings to become the preeminent source of quality research and innovative ideas in governance and public policy that it is today.

By including Brookings in your estate, you leave a legacy of support for independent research, pioneering solutions, informed policy-making, and positive change for future generations. Your planned gift helps us sustain our mission, attract top talent, and continue our long history of conducting rigorous research. It enables us to expand our impact and respond nimbly to emerging issues, ensuring the long-term relevance and influence of the institution.

Including Brookings in your estate plans allows you to align your values with your philanthropic goals. It demonstrates your commitment to evidence-based decision-making, intellectual integrity, and the pursuit of knowledge. Your legacy gift supports a trusted institution that has a proven track record of informing public policy and driving positive change on a global scale.

About Estate Gifts to Brookings

It is easy to arrange a gift to Brookings through your will or revocable living trust, or through a beneficiary provision in your individual retirement plan or life insurance policy. Many estate provisions enable you to retain full control and use of your assets during your lifetime and can be changed at any time. These gifts may also reduce any applicable estate taxes.

We encourage you to discuss your intentions with your financial advisor, who can help you determine the best way to accomplish your philanthropic and financial goals.

Your bequest or beneficiary provision can be unrestricted for use where the need is greatest or restricted to a specific purpose or activity you have discussed in advance with representatives of Brookings. The Brookings Institution’s tax ID number is 53-0196577.

For more information on joining the Isabel January Society, contact us at development@brookings.edu or (202) 797-6220.