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IWP launches John Jay Legacy Society

John Jay portrait by Gilbert Stuart, 1794
John Jay, for whom the Society was named, was an American patriot, statesman, diplomat, lawyer, and Founding Father.

The Institute of World Politics is pleased to announce the newly-launched John Jay Legacy Society.

The Society is made up of those who have made a planned gift to the Institute, for example, including IWP in their will; funding their estate gift with appreciated stocks, securities, bonds, or annuities; making us the beneficiary of retirement accounts or life insurance policies; or establishing a charitable remainder trust.

Members of the Society are united in a common goal with our students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, advisors, and supporters: to do their part in building a foundation for future leaders to ensure a free, secure, and prosperous America and peace with justice in the world.

John Jay, for whom the Society was named, was an American patriot, statesman, diplomat, lawyer, and Founding Father. He was the President of the Second Continental Congress, a signatory to the Treaty of Paris of 1783, the Nation’s second Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and one of the authors of The Federalist Papers.  He also served as U.S. Ambassador to Spain, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the second Governor of New York, and President of the American Bible Society.

Less well known is that Jay was the Founding Father of U.S. Counterintelligence. During the War for Independence, he headed a New York State executive body called the Committee for Detecting and Defeating Conspiracies, which is recognized as the nation’s first counterintelligence agency. Jay and his Committee are credited with uncovering a plot to capture or assassinate General George Washington.

His prolific work and leadership in U.S. foreign and domestic policy throughout the late 1700s is an example of unparalleled statecraft that continues to shape the nation.

Members of the John Jay Legacy Society have already made $14.8 million in estate pledges to the Institute. Arthur Stromberg, who bequeathed approximately $2 million to IWP, was posthumously named as an honorary founding member of the Society.

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IWP has arranged through the American Council of Trustees and Alumni’s Fund for Academic Renewal (ACTA/FAR) for IWP donors to receive pro bono guidance on how to ensure that gifts are used according to donor intent.  Please let us know ( if you would like to speak with ACTA/FAR about using these services to draft your gifting documents.  Learn more here