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leave a lasting legacy

Be part of the future of CPT12 and our community. Establish a planned gift to help ensure that generations to come will enjoy the values that are most important to you.


There are a number of ways to give, and we encourage you to explore your options.

We also recommend that you consult an attorney, financial advisor, or estate planning expert when considering your planned gift to Colorado Public Television, and in preparing your will or trust. CPT12 does not provide legal or tax advice.

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You can make a gift to Colorado Public Television through your will, or have your attorney add a codicil to your existing will. Gifts included in wills and living trusts are popular because they are flexible, easy to arrange, and may be changed with your life circumstances.

You can bequeath a specific sum, or a percentage of your estate or specific property.

Giving by bequest costs nothing now, yet it may give you satisfaction to know that your future gift will live on.

see sample bequest language and tax ID information

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gifts of appreciated stock

A gift of stock can provide attractive tax savings – the first being that you can claim an immediate tax deduction. If the stock is worth more now than the amount you paid for it more than a year ago, you will be able to claim the full benefit of the stock’s current fair market value. You can also avoid capital gains tax.

Such gifts can result in maximum tax savings with little or no effect on your spendable income and be part of a strategy to periodically rebalance an investment portfolio in a tax-efficient way.

see information to give your broker

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retirement plan gifts

If you are like most people, you probably will not use all of your retirement assets during your lifetime. When left to friends or family members other than a spouse, assets held in retirement plans and IRA accounts can be subject to as much as 70% in taxes.

If a nonprofit such as CPT12 is named as the beneficiary of all or a percentage of your plan, you avoid substantial estate and income taxes that would come due on the unused portion. Your other, less heavily taxed assets are then available to pass on to loved ones.

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retained life estate gifts

A retained life estate allows you to donate your personal residence (such as a home, cabin, or farm) while retaining the right to live on and use the property. When you make the gift, you retain the right to use the property for the rest of your life, a term of years, or a combination of the two. In exchange for your remainder interest gift, you receive an immediate income tax deduction.

This creative gift plan transfers your house to Colorado Public Television but reserves a free lifetime tenancy to you. You can make a significant gift to CPT12 with the most valuable asset you hold, yet not disturb your living arrangements or your cash flow.

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gifts of life insurance

A gift of your life insurance policy is an excellent way to make a gift to charity. If you have a life insurance policy that has outlasted its original purpose, consider making a gift of your insurance policy. For example, you may have purchased a policy to provide for minor children and they are now financially independent adults.

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a gift in memory or in tribute

Any of the planned giving ideas discussed here can become an enduring tribute to a family member or other loved one. A member of our development department would be glad to assist you in choosing an appropriate commemoration for your gift in memory or honor of someone special.

Alternately, you can simply mail a check to Colorado Public Television or make your gift online and indicate in the comments section that this gift is In Honor of / In Memory of (person’s name). Please also indicate whom CPT12 should notify of your gift. (e.g., a family member of the deceased or the honored person’s mailing address.)

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contact us

For more information, please feel free to contact our Development Department online, or call Shari Bernson at 303.991.5045 or Joshua Hassel at 303.991.5058

We look forward to hearing from you!