For nearly 60 years, Connecticut Public programming has evolved and changed, and you have been there with us every step of the way. Whether you're looking to preserve the educational programs you and your family love, or make a difference in shaping the future of public media, your planned gift of any size will help to sustain the TV, radio, education and online programs that you count on every day. The next 60 years will bring new challenges, and we invite you to be part of the dynamic future of public media in Connecticut. All planned gifts are added to Connecticut Public’s Endowment Fund unless otherwise specified making your contributions a truly lasting legacy.
There are a variety of ways your legacy gift can not only support Connecticut Public, but also provide benefits to you and your loved ones in the form of tax savings, income in your retirement years and a number of other financial benefits. Federal tax laws provide numerous advantages that make charitable giving attractive and beneficial.
If you have already included Connecticut Public in your estate plans, please let us know. We would like to honor and recognize your generosity as a member of the Legacy Society.
Connecticut Public’s Donor Relations & Planned Giving Manager, Lisa Wrubleski, is happy to schedule a call or meeting to answer your questions and discuss your options. We can work with you and your financial advisors to help plan your legacy of support for public media.
Plant The Seed
By preparing an estate plan, you’re safeguarding more than just matters of finances and inheritance, you’re also guiding future health decisions, providing for loved ones, and creating your legacy. A few simple steps today will give you peace of mind tomorrow by ensuring you and your loved ones are well protected. Your estate plan can also be used to support charitable causes that matter most to you, such as the quality programs and educational services offered to our community by this station.
Join other loyal public media supporters by requesting your FREE organizer, and then get your estate plan off the ground. Simply fill out the form on this page, and we'll get back to you with more information.
An Invitation to Join the Legacy Society
The Legacy Society recognizes the commitment and generosity of those who have remembered Connecticut Public in their will or estate plans. Your gift will serve as a living legacy and ensure the future of excellence in public media.
Legacy Society donors have named Connecticut Public as the ultimate beneficiary of a planned gift. Such gifts can take many forms such as giving through wills and bequests, life insurance, life income as well as many others.
Whether you are considering a gift to Connecticut Public or have already completed your estate plans, we encourage you to fill out our Legacy Society Commitment Form to let us know. To ensure that your gift is used in the way you intend it, we recommend that you inform us of your intentions. The confidentiality of your plans will be protected.
Ways to Give
There are various ways of creating a legacy gift that will fit into your financial, tax, or estate goals as well as maximize your philanthropic giving:
Giving through wills and trusts
Need to preserve your assets during your lifetime? You can plan a gift to us that will only take effect after your other obligations are fulfilled. Naming Connecticut Public in your will or trust is one of the simplest and most lasting way to create or continue your legacy.
There are different ways to make a bequest gift. You can name Connecticut Public to receive a specific gift, for example "I bequeath the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000)", or, you can state a percentage of your estate such as "I bequeath 10% (ten percent) of my estate". You can also name Connecticut Public to receive the residual of your estate after specific gifts are distributed to others and all expenses of the estate are paid.
Gifts through your will or trust offer many advantages. There is no limit on the federal estate tax deduction for gifts through your will. Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime. You can change your mind if circumstances change. Most importantly, a bequest provides you with the assurance of knowing how your assets will be used after your lifetime.
Are you looking for a way to make a gift without reducing the savings you need for current and future expenses? A gift of life insurance might be the perfect answer. By naming Connecticut Public as the beneficiary of a new or existing life insurance policy, you can make a larger gift than you may have ever thought possible.
You may have one or more policies which were originally purchased to provide for children, augment retirement funds, protect a home mortgage, or provide for estate taxes and may no longer be needed for that purpose. You can even name Connecticut Public as a contingent beneficiary in case your primary beneficiary does not survive you.
As a nonprofit organization, Connecticut Public will not pay taxes on this gift and the full amount will be put to work supporting our programs and services.
Charitable gift annuity
A charitable annuity offers you the ability to support Connecticut Public’s work and receive an annual income to you for your life. This gift can provide you with numerous tax benefits. Your rate of return is based on your life expectancy using tables provided by the National Committee on Gift Annuities.
Charitable remainder trusts
Charitable remainder trusts (CRTs) pay income to you for your lifetime or for a specified number of years, after which the assets you placed in the trust go to Connecticut Public. CRTs offer partial charitable income tax deductions, potential for increased income as well as up-front capital gains tax avoidance.
Gift of remainder interest in residence
You may give the remainder interest in your personal residence(s) to Connecticut Public. You continue to live in your house and maintain it throughout your lifetime. This is an irrevocable gift. Your income tax deduction, which may be taken during the tax year you make the gift and over five additional years, is based on your life expectancy and the appraised value of your property.
Charitable lead trust
You may establish a charitable lead trust to provide a stream of income to Connecticut Public for your lifetime or for a term of years. When the trust terminates, the assets in the trust will revert to you or your heirs.
Retirement plan gift
Assets held in a qualified retirement plan can be one of the most effective ways to support Connecticut Public.
More Ways to Support
Interested in supporting Connecticut Public in other ways?
There are so many ways to support our mission, from becoming a member, donating your car, stock gifts and IRA rollovers to matching gifts to corporate underwriting support. Visit our Support pages for more information.