Friday, 20 December 2013 22:37

Matching Gifts

Double your donation, at no cost to you!

Check with your employer to see if they match employee or retiree contributions. The following companies have matched employee/retiree gifts to WNED|WBFO. We are grateful to these businesses and to their employees and retirees who choose to support public broadcasting in this way.

If you have questions about WNED|WBFO’s Matching Gift program, please contact Member Services.

Please use the following addresses if you prefer to mail matching gift forms:
Membership – Matching Gifts
WNED|WBFO
PO Box 1263
 Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Membership – Matching Gifts
WNED|WBFO
PO Box 399
Fort Erie, ON L2A 5N1

Make your donation now.

Note that the companies below have previously matched donor gifts.
Check with your Human Resources division to see if your company could join this list.

Ace
ADP
Aetna
Abbott Laboratories
Air Products
Akzo Nobel
Allied Signal
American Refining Group
Apple
Arco
AT&T
Avaya
Aventis
Axa Foundation
Bank of America
Baxter
Boeing
Bell Atlantic (now Verizon)
Bon Ton, The
BP
Bristol-Meyers
Buffalo News
Champion
Chase Manhattan
Chevron
Cingular Wireless (now AT&T)
CIGNA
CitiGroup
Citizens Bank
CNA
Colgate Palmolive
Cooper
Corning
EcoLab
Eli Lilly
Exxon-Mobil
Federated Department Stores (formerly Kauffman’s, now Macy’s)
Fidelity
Gannett
Geico
GE Foundation
General Mills
Global Impact
Graphic Control
Home Depot
Honeywell
HSBC
IBM
Ingram-Micro
John Hancock
Johnson & Johnson
J.P. Morgan Chase
Key Foundation
LexisNexis
Lucent Technologies
Macy’s
May Department Stores (formerly Kauffman’s, now Macy’s)
Manulife Financial
Maytag
Mattel
Merck
Merrill Lynch
Microsoft
Mobil Foundation
Motorola
Mereck
McGraw Hill
McKinsey & Company
Mutual of New York
National Fuel
National Starch & Chemical
Niagara Mohawk
Norfolk Southern
Norton
Novartis
NYNEX (now Verizon)
NRG Global
Olin
Oxy Petroleum
Pfizer
Phelps Dodge
Pitney Bowes
PNC
Prudential
Quest Diagnostics
RJ Reynolds
St. Gobain
SBC Foundation
Special Metals
Telecordia Technologies
Traveler’s Foundation
UBS
United Way
UPS
Verizon
Wachovia
Walmart
West Group
Westinghouse

Published in Membership
Friday, 20 December 2013 21:00

Stock Gifts

Giving stock is a great way to support WNED|WBFO! Using appreciated stock or mutual funds is a tax-wise way to fund your gift to public broadcasting.

First, you avoid paying capital-gains tax on the increase in value of your stock. Second, you receive a tax deduction for the full fair market value of the stock on the date of the gift. Subtracting the tax savings from what you originally paid for the stock can result in a gift that costs just pennies on the dollar. This is an excellent vehicle for stock that has appreciated substantially in value.

Your gift of stock also brings with it WNED|WBFO membership, with benefit levels corresponding to the amount of the gift.

How to give stock
To avoid exposure to capital gains tax, the stock must be transferred to WNED|WBFO. We then sell the stock from our account. Stockbrokers require delivery instructions in writing. To make a stock gift to WNED|WBFO, contact Colleen Miller, Director of Major and Planned Giving, (716) 845-7031 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . When you contact us, please provide your name, name of the stock you are donating, the number of shares, and the station(s) you wish to support. 

Mutual Funds
If you are transferring a Mutual Fund Asset, please contact Colleen Miller, Director of Major and Planned Giving, (716) 845-7031 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  prior to initiating the transaction. Mutual Fund Assets require special handling.

Legacy Gifts
Stock and mutual funds may also be used to fund charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. Please complete our Legacy Society Request for Information.

Published in Membership
Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:24

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Published in Membership
Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:10

Renew

WNED|WBFO's audience remains our largest and most important source of funding.

When you make your donation, consider becoming a WNED ǀ WBFO Monthly Giver. It takes little effort, and your dollars will go a long way to support the programming you love.

Each station has its own membership, so if you enjoy more than one of our stations, please consider supporting each of them.

To renew your membership,select your favorite station(s) below:

 

Published in Membership
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 15:11

Bequests and Planned Gifts

 

There are many ways to give as you plan for your future and the future of family, friends and your favorite charities and community assets.  We hope you will include WNED|WBFO in those plans.

Below you will find a variety of gift planning techniques.  Always consult with your attorney, CPA and/or financial advisor as you select the gift plan most advantageous for you.

Once you inform WNED|WBFO that you have made a bequest or other planned gift, you become a member of The WNED|WBFO Legacy Society.

 

 

 

 

Ways to Give 

Bequest:  Promise a legacy gift without affecting your current cash flow by naming The WNED Foundation in your will, living trust, or IRA.
Charitable Remainder Unitrust: Make a large gift, protected by a trust and create a flexible source of retirement income for life.
Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust:  Make a large gift, protected by a trust, and receive a fixed-income payout each year for life.
Testamentary Life Income Gift: Structure a gift within your estate plan and benefit both The WNED Foundation with a legacy and your family with income.
Charitable Lead Trust:  Working with advisors, create a legacy gift that helps pass appreciated assets to family members while contributing cash to WNED.
Retained Life Estate:  Make your legacy a donation of a residence while keeping the right to continue living there throughout your lifetime.

 

Assets You Can Give 

Cash:  Maximizes charitable deduction and provides immediate benefit to WNED.
Appreciated Securities:  Makes use of the IRS’ tax break on capital gains and puts the appreciated value created to work for WNED.
Real Estate:  Can make a substantial gift when residential, commercial, or undeveloped property qualifies for transfer to The WNED Foundation.
Insurance Policies:  Policies that are no longer needed in your family’s future can help secure WNED’s.
*Retirement Plans:  IRAs, 401(k) s, and the like, can make a tax-advantaged legacy gift.  Promising the balance to The WNED Foundation may benefit your heirs

 

For more information contact:
Colleen Miller, Director of Major and Plannned Giving Programs
716-845-7031
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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