Ways to Support

Maine Public offers a number of ways to support the programs you love on radio, television and digital.

The methods of giving listed below range from near to long term and offer multiple levels of support.

Select the giving option that best fits you and contact the Maine Public Development Office.

A Tax-Smart Way to Support Maine Public

The IRA Charitable Rollover can provide you with an excellent opportunity to make a gift during your lifetime from an asset that would be subject to several levels of taxation if it remained in your taxable estate. Under The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 – now with no expiration date – donors over the age of 70½ can distribute up to $100,000 in a calendar year from an IRA to Maine Public or other charities, tax-free. This distribution to charity can be a significant benefit for IRA owners who are required each year to take minimum required distributions, which are included in their gross income for income tax purposes.

Maine Public established the Beacon Society to recognize the support of generous donors who provide annual gifts totaling $1,200 — that’s $100 per month — or more. These donors believe that Maine Public is an essential organization with statewide impact achieved through its public radio, television, and digital services, its educational outreach initiatives and its collaboration with other organizations and agencies.

There are distinct income tax advantages of giving securities over cash, and the benefits are twofold: you will receive a deduction for the fair market value of the stock (up to 30% of your adjusted gross income), and capital gains taxes do not apply. Charitable gifts of appreciated securities make sense now more than ever.

Gifts to Maine Public are vital to the furthering the mission. The Visionary Circle is a special group of people that have made planned gifts to Maine Public. All planned gifts to Maine Public qualify you to become a Visionary Circle member, our legacy society.

As a Visionary Circle member, you will receive special invitations to events and offerings and be kept informed through exclusive communications to Visionary Circle members.

A provision in a will for Maine Public allows for a substantial contribution without diminishing assets during one’s lifetime. Since bequests for Maine Public are deductible from the estate, significant tax savings are possible. A gift through your estate can provide significant support to Maine Public. The gift can be made through a will or a trust, and both documents enable you to distribute assets to individuals and nonprofit organizations in the amounts or proportions you indicate.

A gift through your estate provides the following benefits:

Designating Maine as the beneficiary of a retirement account such as 401k, 403(b), IRA and other retirement accounts causes the charitable gift to be deductible for income tax or estate tax purposes.

Making a gift of a qualified retirement plan asset such as a 401(K), 403(b), IRA, Keogh or pension plan is another way to benefit Maine Public and receive significant tax savings. Retirement plan assets are fully taxable when received by an individual beneficiary.

Leave a Legacy with Maine Public

Donors can use life insurance to make a gift to Maine Public by naming Maine Public as the owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy. A donor receives a charitable income tax deduction based on the lesser of the policy's fair market value or the net premiums paid. Donors may also wish to make gifts of paid-up policies, resulting in a charitable income tax deduction for the policy's cash surrender value.

For more information about Life Insurance please contact us:

Income for Life
A charitable gift annuity is a simple agreement between a donor and a nonprofit organization that will pay the designated annuitant a fixed and guaranteed annuity payment for life in exchange for a gift, usually cash or marketable securities.

An irrevocable trust may be used to provide the donor or a loved one with a fixed annual income or an income which varies with the value of the trust. A portion of the trust qualifies for an income tax deduction. At the death of the last income beneficiary, the assets in the trust are distributed to Maine Public. This option is great for multiple charitable beneficiaries. It allows for the donor to change the named beneficiaries and change start/stop time frame.

Why Underwrite with Maine Public?

Underwriting on Maine Public has the impact of a traditional media buy with the added benefit of supporting Maine's leading public media organization.

We provide:

REACH - We'll connect you with the entire state of Maine and extensive areas in Maritime Canada and Southern New Hampshire with our Radio and Television signals. And with mainepublic.org, we'll connect you with the world.

You can increase the impact of your donation with a Corporate Matching Gift.

Corporate matching gifts are donations your employer makes on your behalf to match your charitable contributions. Employers often match dollar-for-dollar, but some companies will double or even triple the value of your gift, even for retired employees.

For more information, contact Christina Berube, cberube@mainepublic.org

Maine Public's Underwriting Policies seek to preserve the unique, non-commercial nature of public broadcasting in Maine. We believe it is critical that, in addition to providing exceptional programming and independent journalistic content, we maintain an environment for airing underwriting announcements that follow established national guidelines from our PBS and NPR partners, and meet all federally-mandated Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations, understanding the essential character of Maine Public’s non-commercial service.

Maine Public's Comprehensive Campaign

Charting a Bold Future, Maine Public’s comprehensive campaign, raised $35 million Ᾱ the largest fundraising effort in the history of the organization Ᾱ to build upon the our strategic plan to ensure that public media in Maine will thrive, and that we will continue to deliver the best of journalism, classical music, cultural programming, educational media, and more across the state. The campaign also saw Maine Public’s largest single gift in our history: a $2.4 million challenge grant from a generous couple and longtime friends of Maine Public Ᾱ a true testament to the importance of public media in Maine.