Public Interest Champions Circle

The Public Interest Champions Circle honors a special group of our donors who are protecting the public interest for future generations by remembering TexPIRG or our sister organization, TexPIRG Education Fund, in their estate plans.  These legacy donors are helping to ensure that these organizations will continue to flourish – offering an independent voice that works on behalf of the public interest – for years to come.

Securities

Securities can be donated either through a bequest or as a lifetime gift. 

To find out more, including our DTC number and account number or other resources regarding planned giving, please email our Planned Giving Coordinator using the form below, or call 1-800-841-7299.

Life Insurance

Sometimes circumstances change and life insurance is no longer a critical part of an estate plan. If you wish to redirect life insurance, it’s simple to do so. You can designate a nonprofit such as TexPIRG as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy, which you will continue to own during your lifetime.  After consulting with your advisors, ask your insurance agent how to make this simple change to your policy.

Retirement Accounts

Most retirement plans are tax-deferred, meaning that you do not pay income tax on the assets in a retirement plan until they are distributed to you.  Because retirement assets that are unused during your lifetime may be subject to both income and estate taxes, these may be among the costliest assets to distribute to loved ones through your estate.

Bequests

Keeping your will or living trust updated is essential to ensure that all of your wishes will be carried out. It’s easy to remember TexPIRG in your will or living trust. Your advisor can include just a few sentences to arrange the gift.

Through a will or trust, you can give:

Report | TexPIRG Education Fund | Transportation

TRANSPORTATION IN TRANSITION

Americans’ transportation habits have changed. The average American drives 7.6 percent fewer miles today than when per-capita driving peaked in 2004.
 
A review of data from the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and Census Bureau for America’s 100 most populous urbanized areas – which are home to over half of the nation’s population – shows that the decline in per-capita driving has taken place in a wide variety of regions. From 2006 to 2011, the average number of miles driven per resident fell in almost three-quarters of America’s largest urbanized areas for which up-to-date and accurate data are available Most urbanized areas have also seen increases in public transit use and bicycle commuting and decreases in the share of households owning a car.

Report | TexPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Trouble in Toyland

The 2013 Trouble in Toyland report is the 28th annual U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) survey of toy safety. In this report, U.S. PIRG provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards.

Forum: Why reward polluters with tax credits?

Three years ago, when oil was still spurting into the Gulf and BP was touting the billions of dollars it set aside for claims and the cleanup, the oil giant was also preparing to deduct the price of the disaster as an “ordinary and necessary” cost of doing business.

BP managed to write off the cost of its $32 billion cleanup and collect a $10 billion federal tax windfall for the spill.

Public Interest Partners

As a TexPIRG member, you know that we keep our overhead low, so we can put more of your contribution directly to work on research and advocacy to advocate for the public interest.

Now, you have an opportunity to make your contribution go even farther—through the Public Interest Partners program.

Public Interest Partners

Public Interest Partners is the monthly giving program for our most dependable members.

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