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Give to Make a Lasting Impact

Including Austin PBS in your financial and estate planning is a wonderful way to show your support and appreciation for the station and create a lasting legacy for the future.

Join other loyal public media supporters by requesting your FREE Personal Estate Planning Guide, and then get your estate plan off the ground.

Perhaps you spend Sunday nights watching MASTERPIECE turn great literature into brilliant drama. Or, PBS NewsHour is your go-to source to learn not only what is happening in the world, but also to understand why. Maybe you, your children or your grandchildren mastered numbers and letters with help from Big Bird, Elmo and the Count on Sesame Street, or learned the importance of sharing and kindness on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

With a little planning, you can help us continue to bring the transformative power of public media to our community for years to come.

Planning Your Legacy

For more than half a century, Austin PBS has set the standard of excellence in television programming and educational services, as one of the most trusted sources of information.

Including Austin PBS in your estate plans not only helps advance our reputation for excellence and trust, but also provides you with tax and other benefits in return.

Ways to Give

There are many gift options available and we encourage you to explore your options. Here are a few recommendations for your consideration:

Bequest in Your Will or Living Trust

A simple, flexible and versatile way to support Austin PBS is a gift in your will or living trust, known as a charitable bequest.

You have choices as to how you name Austin PBS as a beneficiary in your will. Through a bequest, you may leave a specific dollar amount, percentage of your estate or all or a percentage of your residuary estate.

Below is sample bequest language to discuss with your legal or financial advisors:

"I give [$ ] [ % of my estate] [the residue of my estate] [ % of the residue of my estate] to Capital of Texas Public Telecommunications Council, Inc., a Texas nonprofit corporation located in Austin, Texas, for its general support (or support of a specific purpose or program)."

Bequests are the way many viewers create endowed funds. If you decide to restrict your bequest, we ask that you include the following language in your will:

"If at any time, in the judgement of the Board of Directors of Capital of Texas Public Telecommunication Council, Inc. it is no longer practicable to use the income or principal of the bequest for the purpose stated herein, I authorize them to use the income or principal for any purpose they deem to be consistent with such purpose."

Retirement Plans – IRA

Retirement is a time to take stock of the legacy you will leave. One way to ensure that what you’ve built over your lifetime lives on is by supporting a place that makes a difference every day – Austin PBS. And one of the easiest ways to do that is with an IRA charitable gift.

If you are at least 70 ½ years old, you are eligible to make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to a public charity of up to $100,000 from your IRA each year. Distributions will be excluded from federal taxable income and will count toward your required minimum distribution if you have one. If you are at least 59 ½ years old, you can instead take a taxable distribution from your IRA or qualified plan and make a deductible donation to Austin PBS.

An IRA charitable gift can benefit retirees, who often have paid off their mortgages and don’t file itemized returns. The gift may help to neutralize the negative tax consequences of a minimum required distribution. Give to a good cause and gain an income tax advantage.

Beneficiary Designations

The easiest way to provide a legacy gift is by designating Austin PBS as a beneficiary. Whether it is a life insurance policy, an IRA, a donor-advised fund, or another account, making a change by indicating Austin PBS as a new beneficiary is simple and easy.

Donor-Advised Funds

You can create a grant recommendation from your donor-advised fund to support Austin PBS. Final distribution of contributions remaining in a donor-advised fund is governed by the contract you completed when you created your fund. Please consider naming Austin PBS as a successor of your account. Or, you can name us as the successor for a portion of the account value, leaving the remaining portion for your heirs.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

A Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) is an ideal gift for those who want to take care of one or more loved ones while leaving a future gift for Austin PBS. A CRT is an irrevocable trust that generates fixed or variable income for you and/or other beneficiaries for life or a term of years, with the remainder of the trust eventually becoming a gift to Austin PBS. There are several types available. Please contact your financial advisor to discuss further.

Charitable Lead Trusts

If you are looking for a creative way to pass on assets to your family while reducing or eliminating gift or estate taxes, a Charitable Lead Trust (CLT) may be an excellent way to achieve charitable and tax-planning goals. You fund a trust that makes gifts to Austin PBS for a number of years. Your family receives the trust remainder at substantial tax savings. Please contact your financial advisor to discuss further.

Including Austin PBS in your Estate Plan?

Please let us know by completing our Estate Intention Form. You may mail this form to:

Priscilla G. Cortez
Director of Donor Relations
P.O. Box 7158
Austin, TX 78713-7158



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