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Legacy Gifts

For more than 40 years, Blue Ridge Public Radio has provided a public service that educates, inspires, informs, and entertains. We are committed to continuing to expand this resource for our listeners across Western North Carolina, both now and for future generations.

Join our Signal Society by making a planned gift - a meaningful contribution that complements your financial and philanthropic goals while leaving a legacy of public radio for generations to come. Your gifts ensure the long-term financial strength of BPR and will enable us to continue to provide programming that informs, educates and enriches future generations.

There are many options for making a planned gift to Blue Ridge Public Radio that are financially beneficial to you and your loved ones, while also helping BPR remain a strong, independent voice of news and information for our region, and a platform for artistic expression and cultural celebration.

Blue Ridge Public Radio is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your donation is tax-deductible (Federal Tax ID #58-1445328). 

Please consult your lawyer or financial advisor, or contact Blue Ridge Public Radio directly at 828-210-4800 or membership@bpr.org to learn more.  

Signal Society Membership  

BPR’s Signal Society recognizes listeners who have named Blue Ridge Public Radio as a beneficiary of their wills, retirement plans, or other estate plans. Signal Society membership benefits include invitations to special insider station events and performances with BPR staff, hosts and reporters.

To be a part of this forward-thinking group, let us know your intention to include BPR in your estate plans by submitting this Statement of Intent. For sample language for a Will or Trust, contact membership@bpr.org.

Legacy Gifts to Blue Ridge Public Radio include: 

Bequests: Identifying BPR in your will is the simplest form of planned giving. Whether you choose a specific monetary amount, or a residual portion of your estate, including BPR in your will provide a legacy beyond your lifetime.

Gifts of Life Insurance: Some of our listeners no longer need life insurance purchased years go to provide for their children or other family members. If that’s your situation, consider donating the policy to BPR. You may be able to claim a charitable deduction for approximately the policy’s cash surrender value, and the proceeds are removed from your estate. Please consult with your attorney, accountant, or financial manager on the potential benefits you may realize.

Appreciated Securities: Listeners who contribute appreciated securities held for one year or more (long-term) may receive a double income tax benefit: (1) a deduction for the asset’s full fair market value instead of the lower cost basis; and (2) complete avoidance of capital gains tax on the asset’s appreciation. Please consult with your attorney, accountant, or financial manager on the potential benefits you may realize.

Gifts of Retirement Plans: You may be taxed on your IRA, other retirement plans, and some other assets more than once when you leave them to your heirs. Income in respect of a decedent (IRD) is income you were entitled to but did not receive during your lifetime. IRD is subject to income, estate, and sometimes generation-skipping taxes, too. The most common source of IRD (and the one most likely to comprise a large part of your estate) is an IRA or other retirement plan. You may be able to avoid the taxes on IRD and make a significant charitable gift to Blue Ridge Public Radio at greatly reduced out-of-pocket costs. Please consult with your attorney, accountant, or financial manager on the potential benefits you may realize.

All information is intended to be illustrative in nature and may not cover all issues pertinent to every individual situation. Blue Ridge Public Radio suggests consulting with your financial or legal advisor to determine how this legislation impacts your own personal situation before making any decisions.