Activist Who Was McCarthy's First Target Remembers NOW

By Kristin Teigen

 NOW has received a generous bequest from the estate of the late Paul Orr of Oregon, a long-time activist who was the first person to be called before the McCarthy hearings.

 Orr was a Stanford graduate who had just left a position teaching English in the Soviet Union in the 1950s, when he was called before the McCarthy hearings. As a result, he lost his teaching job and struggled to find employment, finally settling on door-to-door sales.

 Orr retired in 1974 and, with his wife Violet, moved to an intentional shared-living community, where they lived for more than 14 years. Shortly after his wife died in 1989, he lost his eyesight but continued his activism in support of many causes, from women's rights to the environment.

 Family friend David Hunt described Orr as a "man without eyesight but with incredible vision." NOW sends our condolences and best wishes to his community, family and friends.

 Like Paul Orr, you can provide for NOW or NOW Foundation through your estate planning -- to make sure that we will be standing up for women's rights for the next 30 years. You'll have the satisfaction of knowing that future generations of women and girls will benefit from your generosity, and your legacy will strengthen our efforts for years to come.

 The most simple and straightforward way to extend support for NOW beyond your own lifetime is to include a bequest in your will. If you haven't written a will yet, it's important for your own and your family's security that you do so. If you already have a will, you can add a bequest to NOW by making a supplement that is called a "codicil." There are many ways to include NOW in your will, in addition to providing for your family and other special concerns:

 Outright bequest of assets, such as a certain amount of cash, specific stocks, bonds, or real estate, or a gift of an item such as a work of art or piece of jewelry. Alternatively, your will could specify a percentage, large or small, of the total value of your estate;

 Residual bequest, which leaves NOW or NOW Foundation the remainder of your estate (or a percentage of the remainder) after other named beneficiaries, such as your spouse or child, are provided for;

 Contingent bequest, which leaves the estate to a primary beneficiary, such as your child or life partner, and provides that it will go to NOW only if the primary beneficiary does not survive you.

 To best protect your intentions, you will most likely need to formalize your plans with a qualified attorney. Most attorneys will discuss your needs with you at no charge and give you an estimate of the cost of producing legal documents tailored to your individual situation.

If you are interested in providing for NOW through your will or simply have a question, please give us a call at 202-628-8669. Executive Vice President Kim Gandy, ext. 126, and Development Coordinator Johanna Ettin, ext. 130, will answer any questions you may have.

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