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.

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Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:24


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Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:10


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:


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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
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Thursday, 12 December 2013 20:12

Member Benefits

WNED | WBFO Member Card

Support your favorite programs and enjoy special savings!

With your gift of $10 per month or $120 per year or more, WNED | WBFO offers you the chance to become a card-carrying member with the MemberCard. The card provides you with discounts at businesses that share your commitment to public broadcasting in Western New York and Southern Ontario.

  • 2-for-1 savings at over 200 binational restaurants, performances and cultural attractions
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  • access to thousands of benefits nationwide

Get your WNED | WBFO MemberCard with a contribution today!

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