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
PO Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263
Membership – Matching Gifts
PO Box 399
Fort Erie, ON L2A 5N1
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.
American Refining Group
Bank of America
Bell Atlantic (now Verizon)
Bon Ton, The
Cingular Wireless (now AT&T)
Federated Department Stores (formerly Kauffman’s, now Macy’s)
Johnson & Johnson
J.P. Morgan Chase
May Department Stores (formerly Kauffman’s, now Macy’s)
McKinsey & Company
Mutual of New York
National Starch & Chemical
NYNEX (now Verizon)
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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