This information will help guide you in a decision to create a legacy gift for the National Motorists Association and/or the non-profit NMA Foundation, providing resources to help the NMA organizations protect drivers’ rights for generations to come.

Please contact the NMA by telephone at 608-849-6000 or by email at with any questions about the information presented here, or about any aspect of the Planned Giving Program.



Section 1       The NMA Visionary Club

Details are provided on how to become a member of this exclusive group of the NMA organizations’ most significant contributors.

Section 2      Building Our Future with You!

 A variety of gifting options are presented for your consideration.

Section 3      Bequests

Three types of bequests — outright, conditional, and restricted — are explained. Suggested language for a range of bequest clauses is provided.

Confidential Bequest Form

Return this form to the NMA to share your intention to include the NMA and/or NMA Foundation in your estate plans. The information is helpful for our future resource planning. It also allows us to recognize your generosity at the time you make your non-binding pledge.

Section 4     What Your Legacy Will Stand For

In order to provide a legacy gift to an advocacy organization, a philanthropist will want to know that the current goals of the organization will be carried into the future. This section presents some of the key motorists’ issues that the NMA has been tackling for decades and will continue to fight for as long as there are individual drivers navigating our nation’s highways.



Section 1


The NMA Visionary Club


The NMA established the Visionary Club to formally recognize the valuable role of contributors to the cause of motorists’ rights through donations to the NMA and/or NMA Foundation. Members of the NMA Visionary Club have donated $2,500 or more cumulatively over the years, either by direct contributions of cash, other assets, or by bequest of a future gift.

Membership levels within the Visionary Club are evaluated annually. New members to the Club, or those who have reached higher giving levels, are recognized with a certificate of membership memorializing their level of philanthropy and support for motorists’ rights.

The member levels of the Visionary Club are:

Level of Cumulative Giving        Visionary Club Level
            $     2,500     to     $     9,999        Benefactor
            $  10,000     to      $  24,999        Benefactor Cum Laude
            $  25,000     to     $   49,999        Benefactor Magna Cum Laude
            $  50,000     to     $   99,999        Benefactor Summa Cum Laude
            $100,000     or     greater        James J. Baxter Founders Circle

A list of Visionary Club members, by giving level, is published annually in the NMA Foundation magazine for NMA members, Driving Freedoms. Those Visionary Club members who wish to remain anonymous will have their names withheld from publication upon request.

The two NMA organizations provide important and distinct outlets for your philanthropy:

Donations to the NMA, our public policy arm, can be channeled to one of the most critical functions of an advocacy organization: lobbying for legislation and regulation reform favorable to the driving public.

NMA EIN: 39-1422900


The NMA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, offers certain tax advantages to donors. Your gifts will fund key education, research, and legal projects designed to make our roads safer for everyone and to set important precedents on behalf of motorists.

   NMA Foundation EIN: 39-1951971



Section 2


Building Our Future With You!


We are pleased to offer the following gifting options. Those to the NMA Foundation offer potential tax-saving opportunities; we would be pleased to work with you and your financial advisor to design an estate plan that includes the NMA and/or NMA Foundation and is tailored to meet your goals and wishes.

Gifts of Cash: In this day and age, the traditional gift of cash is often overlooked. This is one of the simplest and most effective ways you can support the missions of the NMA and NMA Foundation.

Gifts of Stocks, Bonds, or other Securities: Your donation of stock, mutual fund shares, treasury bills, certificates of deposit, or bonds can be made directly or be transferred electronically from a mutual fund or brokerage account.

Real Estate: This type of donation may include either appreciated, developed property (such as personal residences, summer homes, farms, ranches, condominiums, and commercial or industrial real estate), or undeveloped land. You may also choose between giving an outright gift and immediate transfer of property, or arrange a retained life estate which allows you to make the gift of a personal residence while retaining the right to live there during your lifetime.

Other Appreciable Personal Property: There are numerous types of personal property that you may consider donating to the NMA and/or NMA Foundation. These include boats, works of art, jewelry, and other items of significant value. Computer equipment and office supplies are always useful gifts.

Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD): Those over the age of 70-1/2 who hold a traditional IRA account and have a desire to avoid taxable income on the mandatory annual minimum distribution required by the IRS can get a tax break while gifting the NMA Foundation. With a QCD, eligible supporters can make a direct-transfer rollover of some or all of the mandatory distribution amount — up to $100,000 per year — to our nonprofit. Such gifts are among the most valuable that we have received.

Life Insurance: Donors are often able to give a great deal more through the gift of a life insurance policy than would otherwise be possible. Such gifts can take several forms — an outright gift of either a paid-up or partially paid policy, a policy that names the NMA or NMA Foundation as the beneficiary, or an existing policy where either NMA organization is listed as a contingent beneficiary.

Retirement Plans: If partial or full balances from IRA, 401k, 403 and other retirement plans are properly willed to the NMA Foundation, income and estate taxes due at the time of death can be avoided or at least minimized. Your retirement plan can be donated to the Foundation as an outright gift, a traditional bequest, a trust established through the use of retirement plan assets, or you can simply designate the NMA Foundation as a beneficiary of your plan.



Section 3




A bequest is an excellent way for you to perpetuate your support for the National Motorists Association and the NMA Foundation. It would also enable you to make a major gift that might not otherwise be possible. In addition to cash and securities, bequests may include such assets as real estate, vehicles, works of art, antiques and collectibles, and patent rights.

When making or revising a will, you should obtain the assistance of a financial planning professional. Staff at the NMA would be pleased to work with your team to design an estate plan that includes the NMA and/or NMA Foundation and is tailored to your wishes.

How Your Gift Will Benefit You

Your bequest to NMA organizations provides you with the peace of mind and satisfaction that your support for our shared goals of protecting drivers’ rights will continue on in the future. Also, all outright bequests to the NMA Foundation are exempt from federal estate taxes, and there is no limitation on the size of gift that you can make.

Confidential Bequest Form



Section 4


What Your Legacy Will Stand For


A planned gift to the NMA organizations will help ensure that our work that began in 1982 to protect and defend motorists’ rights across North America will carry on for future generations.

The National Motorists Association will continue lobbying at local, state, and federal levels for legislation favorable to the driving public. The NMA Foundation will use its resources to seek out vital motorist causes that can be advanced through well-placed education, research and litigation projects.

Your ongoing support of the National Motorists Association will protect and advance the individual rights that must be identified with driving, personal mobility, and unimpeded travel. That requires the establishment of rational traffic laws, honorable enforcement of those laws, and courts that dispense real justice, not predetermined verdicts. There should be no tolerance for public policies that promise or abide aberrations like speed traps, revenue-driven enforcement practices, or intrusive surveillance of motorists.

Our ability to travel when we want, where we want, and how we want is too important to take for granted. With your support, this gift of freedom will be protected for future generations. Among the key issues the NMA will continue advocating in the public forum: