Special Tax-Free IRA Gifts

Making a gift to Cascade PBS from your IRA is a tax-wise way to enrich the lives of your family, friends, and neighbors.

If you are 70½ or older, the IRA Charitable Rollover allows you to make a tax-free qualified charitable distribution (QCD) directly from your IRA. Gifts up to $100,000 are excluded from your federal income. If you file a joint return, each spouse can exclude up to $100,000 for a maximum of $200,000 each year. This charitable distribution will even count towards your required minimum distribution (RMD) once you are required to take a RMD.

You can enjoy these special tax savings so long as:

  • The distribution is made from either your Traditional or Roth IRA.
  • The distribution is made to a qualified charitable organization, like Cascade PBS.
  • The distribution is made directly by your plan administrator to Cascade PBS.

A gift made from your IRA will never count as income but always makes a difference!

How to Give

Contact your plan administrator and request a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) be made directly to Cascade PBS. It’s important to know that if you receive the distribution first and then donate the proceeds, the gift will not count as a qualified charitable distribution. We encourage you to consult with your advisors to fully understand the legal and financial impact of your charitable gift.

The IRS does not allow for any goods or services to be transferred to you in exchange for a contribution from your IRA; however, your Cascade PBS membership will continue.

We’re Here to Help

If you and your advisors need more information about giving from your IRA, please contact:

Kathy Fennessy  
Tel: 206.443.6763  
Email: kathy.fennessy@CascadePBS.org

IRA Charitable Rollover Instructions

You can make a gift to Cascade PBS from your IRA by completing three simple steps.

1. Initiate the Gift:

The first step is to notify your plan administrator of your desire to make a gift directly from your IRA to Cascade Public Media / Cascade PBS (EIN 91-1221895). Ask your administrator to provide us with your name and address as the donor in connection with the gift, or complete this form and submit it to your plan administrator to include with your QCD gift. 

2. Send the Gift:

Sending a Check * 
Ask your administrator to send it to:

Cascade Public Media 
Attn: Kathy Fennessy 
PO Box 84109 
Seattle, WA 98124

3. Notify Us:

To ensure your gift is processed in a timely manner, it’s important that we know your IRA gift is on the way. Please call Kathy at (206) 443-6763 or notify Kathy by email at kathy.fennessy@CascadePBS.org.

* Please ask your administrator to include your name with the check or ACH transfer.

Tax Information

Cascade Public Media (“CPM”) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Federal Tax ID: 91-1221895. Cascade Public Media, which includes Cascade PBS (KCTS 9/Crosscut), is currently registered with the WA Secretary of State’s office under the Charitable Solicitation Act at chapter 19.09 RCW – call 1-800-332-4483. Additional financial and other information may be obtained by contacting CPM at 1-800-937-5287 or the Secretary’s office by visiting sos.wa.gov/charities

This site is informational and educational in nature. It does not offer professional tax, legal, or accounting advice. For specific advice about the effect of any planning concept on your tax or financial situation or with your estate, please consult a qualified professional advisor.