Every year, WOSU benefits from the generosity of many people. Their reasons for giving vary as widely as their interests and financial circumstances. What all have in common is the desire to make WOSU a more vibrant institution – better able to serve the university, the community, and the state.
In addition to your annual support, your unique motivations, goals and financial circumstances may provide you with opportunities to make gifts that substantially impact WOSU’s ability to fulfill its mission – both now and in the future – and that are personally rewarding to you.
Major gifts may represent a significant increase of support from your annual membership, may be restricted for special projects or purposes and/or endowment, may be pledged over three to five years, may require a formal gift agreement, and may be planned through your estate.
Foster The Future Of WOSU
Ken Keller visited WOSU Public Media recently to record a “LifeStories” session to share his memories, values, and stories of his past. As a Neil Legacy Society donor, Ken has decided to remember WOSU in his estate. Learn more.
While WOSU continues to provide and strengthen a variety of annual services upon which the community relies, there are occasions when opportunities arise that are dynamic and that fall outside the scope of our annual operations. These opportunities require special investments on the part of WOSU, Ohio State, and you!
If you have specific interests in children’s literacy, arts and culture, civic engagement, or other causes. You can impact the community in these areas by partnering with WOSU with gifts designated to support special projects.
Endowed funds may be established at The Ohio State University to benefit WOSU for a variety of reasons: to provide internships for students, to support WOSU’s programs and services, to honor or memorialize loved ones or simply to thank WOSU for the service it provides to the university and to the community. An endowment fund permanently enhances WOSU by providing stable, long-term support through investment of the principal in perpetuity and annually expending only a portion of the fund’s distributable income.
You can create an endowed fund or add to an existing endowed fund with an immediate gift, a three-to-five- year pledge or through your estate plans.
Minimum levels for individually named endowed funds at WOSU are:
- General Manager Endowment $750,000
- Broadcaster Endowment $500,000
- Student Internship Endowment $50,000
- Restricted Use Endowment $50,000
For an overview of Ohio State’s endowment and established funds, please visit the Office of the Treasurer.
To create an endowed fund for WOSU, please contact Amy Milbourne – 614.292.3022
Thank you for your interest in planning a gift through your estate to support WOSU Public Media. Bequests, trusts, annuities, and other financial instruments that benefit you and WOSU are wonderful ways to provide for the future of your family as well as education, arts and culture and civic engagement in our community.
Of equal importance, carefully planned gifts to WOSU through your estate can help you realize your dream of what you want your legacy in the community to be – whether it is helping children to read through an endowment that supports children’s literacy programs or preserving our community’s culture and history for all of our citizens through funds for original programs.
As you consider making charitable gifts through your estate plans, you may want to visit Ohio State’s Creative Gift Planning, an excellent resource to help get you started – offering basic information including a Glossary of Terms. As with all web and public resources, it is not intended to replace the services of qualified professionals such as financial advisors or attorneys.
For more information about gift planning for WOSU, The WOSU Online Gift Planner is an online resource for professional advisors to help you help your clients reach their charitable goals.
Planned Giving Recognition
The Neil Legacy Society
Over 125 years ago, members of the Neil Family made 361 acres of prized farm land available for the establishment of the Ohio Agricultural & Mechanical College now known as The Ohio State University. The Neil Family’s exemplary generosity and leadership created a tradition of giving that over the years has propelled Ohio State to the forefront of higher education as a preeminent teaching and research institute.
Ohio State established The Neil Legacy to recognize and honor the distinguished group of alumni, faculty, staff, retirees, and other friends who have included the university in their estate plans.
You can join the Neil Legacy Society by naming WOSU as beneficiary of your will, trust, annuity or other financial instrument. An attorney or financial advisory can help you determine how to do this. Then, notify WOSU or Ohio State of your intentions so that we may recognize your generosity as well as help insure that your gift is appropriately documented and will be used as you intended when it is realized.
Courtesies and Benefits:
- Lifetime subscription to Airfare magazine
- Lifetime annual renewal of the MemberCard
- Invitations to WOSU events
- Invitation to the annual Oracle Society brunch
- Invitation to the annual Neil Legacy brunch
- Recognition in various WOSU publications
For more information about The Neil Legacy Society, please contact Amy Milbourne at 614.292.9678 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Ohio State’s Office of Planned Giving at 800.327.7907 or 614.292.2183, or by e-mail at email@example.com.