Wills and Bequests
Estate gifts are a essential source of funding for WMHT, and one of the easiest gifts to make.
How Do You Make a Bequest?
You work with your attorney to include language in your will or trust specifying any gifts to be made to family, friends and charities so that your estate plan conveys your love and values.
You Can Decide –Bequest Options
In your will, you have choices as to how you name WMHT as a beneficiary. You can make a gift of:
• a specific dollar amount or asset (ex. $10,000 or 100 shares of XYZ Stock)
• a percentage of your estate (ex. 5%)
• a contingency bequest: (in case one or more of your bequests cannot be fulfilled).
• a portion or all of a retirement account or insurance policy.
Click here for sample bequest language.
Whichever choice you make, it is important that your attorney know that bequests should be made to: WMHT Educational Telecommunications, 4 Global View, Troy, NY 12180. Our federal tax identification number is 14-1400177.
Fulfill Special Wishes
While an unrestricted gift to WMHT provides the most flexibility in directing your important contribution to where it is most needed, we understand that you may want your gift to be used in a specific way, and WMHT will always strive to honor your wishes. Of course, it is impossible to predict all future occurrences, so if you do decide to restrict your bequest, we ask that you include the following language in your will:
'If at any time, in the judgment of the Board of Trustees of WMHT Educational Telecommunications, it is no longer practicable to use the income or principal of this bequest for the purpose stated herein, I authorize them to use the income or principal for any purpose they deem to be consistent with such purpose.'
If you have already provided for WMHT in your estate plans, please complete and return this form. We would like to recognize your generosity at this time by welcoming you into WMHT’s Legacy Circle and your advance notification helps WMHT better plan for the future.
Perpetuate the Programs You Value
Your bequest enables WMHT to advance and preserve the promise of public media in our community, assuring WMHT's long-term financial security, so that our programs and services will be enjoyed by generations to come.
Questions? WMHT's Manager of Planned Giving Sandra Beer will be happy to help you explore your options, in confidence, so that you can decide what's best for your particular financial and charitable objectives. Call us at (518) 880-3462, or email us.
This information is not intended as tax or legal advice. For advice and assistance in specific cases, the services of an attorney or other professional advisor should be obtained.
"'Tech Valley Pride' encompasses a variety of notions and one is 'quality of life.' WMHT television and radio programming meets our community's needs, from cultural programs to educational children's programs to discussions on critical issues in our region, to national news--all of the highest quality."
- Joe Richardson, Slingerlands, N.Y.
If you have already provided for WMHT in your estate plans, please complete and return this form so we can welcome you to WMHT’s Legacy Circle.