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Future Gifts


Gifts to KPBS in a will or trust can be drafted as: "My executor/trustee shall distribute X to the SDSU Research Foundation for KPBS (EIN 95-6042721)."

The X can be:

  • a percentage of your estate/trust;
  • a specific dollar amount;
  • specific assets; or
  • a combination of the above.
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Retirement Assets

Donating part or all of your unused retirement assets, such as your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension, or other tax-deferred plan, is an excellent way to help KPBS.


  • Avoid potential estate tax on retirement assets
  • Your heirs would avoid income tax on any retirement assets funded on a pre-tax basis
  • Receive potential estate tax savings from an estate tax deduction

How to make a gift of retirement assets

To leave your retirement assets to KPBS, you will need to complete a beneficiary designation form provided by your retirement plan custodian. You can write KPBS as: SDSU Research Foundation for KPBS (EIN 95-6042721)

If you designate KPBS as beneficiary, we will benefit from the full value of your gift because your IRA assets will not be taxed at your death. Your estate will benefit from an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift.

More on gifts of retirement assets

Did you know that 60% to 70% of your retirement assets may be taxed if you leave them to your heirs at your death? Another option is to leave your heirs assets that receive a step up in basis, such as real estate and stock, and give the retirement assets to KPBS. As a charity, we are not taxed upon receiving an IRA or other retirement plan assets.

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Beneficiary Designations

A beneficiary designation gift is a simple and affordable way to make a gift to support KPBS. Retirement assets, bank and financial accounts, donor advised funds, and life insurance policies all have beneficiary designations.


  • Support the causes that you care about
  • Continue to use your account as long as you need to
  • Simplify your planning and avoid expensive legal fees
  • Reduce the burden of taxes on your family
  • Receive an estate tax charitable deduction

How to designate a beneficiary

  1. Contact the person who helps you with your account or insurance policy, such as your broker, banker or insurance agent.
  2. Ask them to send you a new beneficiary designation form.
  3. Write KPBS as "SDSU Foundation for KPBS (EIN 95-6042721)"
  4. When you pass away, your account or insurance policy will be paid or transferred to KPBS, consistent with the beneficiary designation.

Important considerations for your future

If you are interested in making a gift but are also concerned about your future needs, keep in mind that beneficiary designation gifts are among the most flexible of all charitable gifts. Even after you complete the beneficiary designation form, you can take distributions or withdrawals from your retirement, investment, or bank account and continue to freely use your account. You can also change your mind at any time in the future for any reason, including if you have a loved one who needs your financial help.

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Other Future Gifts