Plan Your Gift

Plan a gift that will ensure a lasting, meaningful legacy that reflects your values. By creating a gift for the benefit of the Baker Institute as part of your overall estate or financial plans, you ensure that the policy programs important to you continue to lend a meaningful voice to the nation’s deliberations on public policy issues.

Baker Institute donors can support the institute while utilizing planned giving methods to enjoy such benefits as capital gains tax savings, increased income and income-tax savings. Sample bequest language is available here.

To discuss your planned gift, please contact the Baker Institute development office at

Three generations of my family attended Rice, and we feel a tremendous gratitude to the university. ... We want to give back in any way we can.

— Audrey Moody Ley 35

Donors Audrey Moody Ley (standing) and Judy Ley Allen

Looking back on their decades of involvement with the university, Audrey Moody Ley ’35 (standing) and Judy Ley Allen ’61 have many fond memories. There was the time when Alvin Moody, the senior class president, paid a rare social call to Rice University president Edgar Odell Lovett. Or the time when Judy Allen, a humanities major, amazed her family with her slide rule skills. “Rice taught me that I can do anything,” Mrs. Allen remarked.

Over the years, the Moody and Ley families have established 24 trusts for Rice, benefiting everything from the Baker Institute and Rice Athletics to the general endowment. Their foresight and generosity helps ensure that the Baker Institute will continue to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of public policy for future generations.

Captain James Addison Baker Society

Named for Rice University founding trustee and the grandfather of our honorary chair, James A. Baker, III, the Baker Society was created to recognize the foresight and generosity of alumni and friends who have named the Baker Institute or Rice University as a beneficiary of a will, revocable trust, retirement plan, life insurance policy or life-income gift, such as a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust.

To discuss ways planned giving may benefit you and the Baker Institute, please contact the Baker Institute development office at

Our Relationship with Rice

The Baker Institute is located on the Rice University campus in James A. Baker III Hall. As an integral part of Rice University, one of the nation’s most distinguished institutions of higher education, the Baker Institute has a strong track record of achievement based on the work of institute’s endowed fellows and scholars and Rice University faculty.