Ways To Give
Friends of WOSU who wish to make a contribution are encouraged to consider the following donor options:
Individual memberships, corporate underwriting, and other sponsorships provide valuable support of WOSU’s annual operations. From the programs you and your family enjoy every day on television and the radio to outreach services such as children’s literacy through Ready To Learn, annual gifts provide the basis for WOSU’s ongoing work.
From endowments and planned giving to support for the new digital broadcast studios at COSI, there are significant ways to show your support through special gifts. These types of gifts provide the financial means by which WOSU Public Media can grow in its service to the community both now and in the future. Learn more about giving a major gift.
Gifts of Cash
Cash is often the most convenient form of giving. Cash gifts are fully deductible for federal income tax purposes, provided deductions are itemized.
Pledges enable a donor to plan a personal giving program that is both convenient and tax-wise. A pledge may enable a donor to consider a more significant gift than would have been otherwise possible. Terms for payment on pledges are flexible and at the option of the donor.
Gifts of Securities
Securities may be made as outright gifts or as a payment on a pledge. Stock certificates may be reassigned directly to The Ohio State University Foundation on behalf of WOSU or may be transferred through the donor’s broker.
The mean market value on the date of the transfer will determine the value of the gift for tax purposes. Gifts of appreciated securities may be tax deductible, up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. The deduction is based on the full fair market value, and capital gains tax is not due when the stock is transferred to the university. It is best to consult with a WOSU Development Officer before a transaction is made. For general questions on securities, call (614) 292-2141 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
Gifts of tangible property that support the mission of WOSU may be accepted. These include items such as equipment, services, food for events, etc. Items with an estimated value of at least $5,000 must be appraised at the donor’s expense. Please contact a WOSU Development Officer if you wish to make an in-kind gift.
Gifts of Real Estate
If you own property that is fully paid off and has appreciated in value, an outright gift may be the simplest solution. You can deduct the fair market value of your gift, avoid all capital gains taxes and remove that asset from your taxable estate. You also can transfer the deed of your home or farm to The Ohio State University Foundation now and keep the right to use the property for your lifetime and that of your spouse.
In certain instances, it may be preferable from an estate, financial, and tax planning perspective to consider long-term planned giving as the best way to make a gift. This can be accomplished through various gift instruments, such as charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, charitable lead trusts, and bequests.
Our partner, Car Talk Vehicle Donation Services, makes sure your donation is tax deductible and your vehicle is properly handled. It’s easy and free. Learn more about donating your vehicle to WOSU.