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Planned gifts insure WXPR's sound future
For questions on Planned Giving, please contact General Manager Peg Arnold 715-362-6000.
WXPR's Federal Tax ID: 39-1341618 It is always recommended when considering your options to consult closely with your attorney or tax advisor on your individual circumstances.
For 30 years, WXPR has served the community with quality programs that inform, inspire and entertain. Listeners have come to rely on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and This American Life alongside locally produced shows like Northwoods Cafe, Blues Friday, Polka, Bluegrass, and Midday Classics to enrich their lives. WXPR is committed to this tradition of quality broadcasting.
Like a university, church or hospital, WXPR needs a stable source of long-term funding. Planned gifts provide an opportunity both to realize your personal financial goals and to strengthen WXPR Public Radio for future generations. Through a planned gift, you may be able to increase your current income, or provide additional retirement income, while reducing income and estate taxes. The following summaries provide additional information on these opportunities.
You can make a gift to WXPR Public Radio through your will, or via a codicil to your will. This is a bequest. You can bequeath a specific sum, or a percentage of your estate or specific property. A bequest enables you to make a lasting gift to WXPR, while providing the security of knowing that you have complete access to your assets should you need them for medical or other expenses. A bequest may also enable you to reduce estate taxes.
Charitable Gift Annuities
A charitable gift annuity is a contract between you and the WXPR Endowment Fund whereby you transfer cash or securities to the Endowment and, in exchange, the Endowment agrees to pay you (and/ or another beneficiary) a guaranteed fixed income for life. You receive a current income tax deduction and a portion of the income you receive is a non-taxable return of principal. If the gift annuity is funded with long-term appreciated property, capital gains tax is avoided on part of the gift and deferred on the balance.
Gifts of Appreciated Stock
Many people have securities that have increased greatly in value since their purchase. By using these stocks for charitable giving, donors can conserve cash for other uses and maximize the value of their gifts. Donors can deduct the full fair market value of appreciated securities and pay no capital gains on their transfer to public broadcasting. This can reduce the cost of making a gift or increase the amount you can afford to give.
A simple way to make a significant future gift is to name the WXPR Endowment Fund as the beneficiary to receive all or a portion of the proceeds of a life insurance policy no longer needed for its original purpose, or to purchase a new policy for the benefit of WXPR Public Radio. You should contact your insurance agent to discuss how best to make such a gift. He or she can work with WXPR staff to meet your charitable giving goals.
Any of the planned giving ideas discussed here can become an enduring tribute to a family member or other loved one. A member of the WXPR staff would be glad to assist you in choosing an appropriate commemoration for your gift in memory or honor of someone special. In addition, you may want to celebrate a special event - a birthday, anniversary, graduation, bar mitzvah or holiday - by making a gift to WXPR in honor or memory of a loved one. Such gifts bring pleasure to those who otherwise may not be able to contribute.
Retirement Plan Gifts
You may have accumulated funds in your company pension plan, IRA or other private retirement account which are beyond your needs or potentially subject to the federal excise tax on over-funded retirement plans. It may be convenient and beneficial to make a current or future charitable gift to WXPR Public Radio from those accounts.