Leaving a Legacy of Fairness and Equality

Basic Rights Oregon was founded in 1996 to combat a raft of anti-LGBTQ ballot measures that sought to dehumanize LGBTQ people in our state. It was Julie Davis, an out lesbian, who had the courage to be our first leader in that time of fear and hate. In the decades that followed, with your support we’ve continued what Julie helped start, and made Oregon a place of fairness, equality and compassion. You’ve supported us as we’ve become a trusted and influential force whose priorities help shape the state’s landscape. Joining the Julie Davis Legacy Circle by remembering us in your estate plans will enshrine your commitment to equality, and ensure our shared values endure for decades to come.

Why Remember Us with a Gift?

 While we’ve won many landmark victories – such as the passage of the Oregon Equality Act, the freedom to marry, the first standalone transgender justice bill, a ban on youth conversion therapy, and X gender markers on licenses– we know that our advancements need defending, and that legal equality is not the same as an equal lived experience. That’s why we’re fighting back efforts to erase transgender students from curriculum and always prioritizing transgender justice and racial justice.

We envision a state where all children, no matter who they love or how they identify, can pursue the life they want, free from homophobia, transphobia and racism.

You’ve been an important part of our story. Your support has helped transform Oregon into one of the most LGBTQ-friendly state in the country. As we know from experience, it will take determination and resolve to reach our dreams of full equality. A bequest to Basic Rights Oregon in your estate plan, or through beneficiary designation, will help ensure the work we’ve begun together can continue with the same urgency and passion that have led us to the progress and equality we’ve celebrated thus far.

Joining the Julie Davis Legacy Circle

Julie has never stopped supporting the group she helped found, and she has chosen to make that support a part of her legacy by making a planned gift to Basic Rights Oregon. (Click here to learn more about Julie’s work and her decision to name Basic Rights Oregon in her estate.) Please join Julie and others like her by passing on a part of your estate to LGBTQ justice. Join the Julie Davis Legacy Circle. Circle members receive a commemorative pin, recognition on our website and at events, and can attend an annual appreciation event.

On our website you’ll find sample language for making a bequest to Basic Rights in your estate plan, or designating Basic Rights as a beneficiary of a retirement plan, life insurance policy, or other financial account. Likewise, you’ll find tax information regarding our charitable status. We are truly grateful to those who remember us with legacy gifts, and are happy to meet with you to answer any questions, and assist in any way we can. For more information, please contact:

Mikki Gillette, Major Gifts Officer
(503) 222-6151 x141 or

Planned Giving Fact Sheet 2020

Planned Giving Fact Sheet


Sample Language for Estate Planning

Sample Language for Estate Planning