Support Idaho PTV
Ways to Support

If you are at least 70½ you can now make tax-free gifts directly from your IRA to the Friends Idaho Public Television as a Qualified Charitable Distribution.

That way, your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) won't be taxable income, but WILL make a difference. It's a smart way to not only enjoy tax savings but also support the value of public television.

Tip: This tax savings is especially valuable to donors who are non-itemizers and donors who have reached their limit on itemized charitable deductions.

    Here's How It Works:
  • You must be 70½ or older to make an IRA rollover gift to a public charity, like IdahoPTV.
  • You can give up to $100,000 from your Traditional or Roth IRA.
  • Instruct your plan administrator to send a specific dollar amount directly to Idaho Public Television.
  • All the information you need to initiate a charitable rollover directly from your IRA to Idaho Public Television can be found in this sample letter to your IRA custodian.
  • Notify us of your intent to give by sending a copy of your completed request to shane.chariton@idahoptv.org or mail to: Idaho Public Television at 1455 North Orchard Street, Boise, ID 83706.

    Benefits to You:
  • Each dollar of your donation will count towards your required minimum distribution for the year.
  • You can exclude up to $100,000 of this gift from your Federal gross income - resulting in lower taxable income and possible tax savings.
  • You will have the personal satisfaction of doing more for our community.
  • Please consult with your financial advisor about your particular tax situation.

Idaho Public Television is not a tax advisor. To maximize the benefit of your specific gift, please contact a professional tax or financial advisor.

We are here to help you with the Charitable IRA Rollover contribution process. Contact Shane Chariton, Philanthropy Director shane.chariton@idahoptv.org or use the Donor Services Contact Form.

Corporate sponsorship supports the quality programming and local productions viewed on Idaho Public Television. It visibly demonstrates a commitment to the people living in communities served by your business and organization.

Learn More about Corporate Sponsorship

Contributions from individuals provide the necessary private support that makes it possible for Idaho Public Television to broadcast informative, inspiring and educational programs across five digital channels and to nearly 100% of all Idaho households plus surrounding communities.

Learn More about Donor Benefits

Donor Connect - Update Your Account Online

Welcome to Donor Connect where you can create an online account to update contact information, make payments, review account history and more!

  • Change Your Payment Method

    Update a lost or expiring credit or debit card, or change to simple electronic funds transfer from your checking or savings account.

  • View Your Donation History and Print Your Receipts

    Charitable gifts to IdahoPTV may be tax deductible. Donors who would like to print receipts for tax purposes can access receipts for this and past years.

  • Make a Donation or upgrade your current donation

    Show your support for the Idaho Public Television mission with a one-time gift to help keep the programs you love on the air.

  • Become a GEM - a sustainer who Gives Every Month

    Show your support by giving a monthly gift to keep your favorite programs on the air - today and in the future - and become a sustaining donor.

  • Update Your Contact Information

    Keep us up to date on your address, phone number, and email address; so we can stay in touch and keep you posted.

  • Verify Account Information

    See when the last issue of CHANNELS was sent, check your account status, and see how many months you have remaining.

Growing Support For The Friends Of Idaho Public Television Endowment

Since 2007, the Friends of Idaho Public Television Endowment has distributed more than $2.7 million of unrestricted investment proceeds to support the mission of IdahoPTV. These funds enable our production team to tackle special projects, to produce important program that otherwise would remain untold, and to showcase the extraordinary people and places that make Idaho special.

Contributions to the Friends of Idaho Public Television Endowment strengthen the base of support for a truly statewide communication network many Idahoans count on for quality news, education, and entertainment programs. Individual gifts and corporate donations to the Endowment Fund might also qualify for the expanded Idaho State Education Tax Credit. These include:

  • A one-time gift
  • Pledges for 3-5 years
  • Challenge or matching gifts
  • Designation gifts of stock and securities

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Donors who Give Every Month with an ongoing contribution to Idaho Public Television enjoy membership that is always current. Contribute directly from your checking account (the easiest way to be a GEM!) or by using your credit/debit card.

For a donation of $5 or more per month you:

  • Enjoy uninterrupted IdahoPTV benefits and services.
  • Receive a continuous subscription to Channels magazine, IdahoPTV's monthly program guide, delivered to your mailbox.
  • Gain access to IdahoPTV Passport, featuring extended on-demand access to a rich library of great public television programming and local productions.
  • Receive updates about IdahoPTV events, behind the scenes action and program sneak previews (via our e-newsletter).
  • Always have control over your philanthropy — you can change or stop your donation at any time.
  • Promote an eco-friendly and fiscally efficient operation by reducing paper and postage.
  • Easily keep track of monthly contributions on your bank account or card statement.
  • Provide IdahoPTV with steady and reliable funding to plan for a sustainable future!

BONUS! When you designate your contribution to automatically and securely transfer from your bank account or credit card, it reduces processing fees and enables even more of your contribution to directly benefit IdahoPTV. Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) also provide you with the convenience of uninterrupted donor benefits such as delivery of your monthly issue of Channels magazine.

To increase your monthly contribution or update your information online, please visit Donor Connect, use our donor services contact form or contact Donor Services at: donorservices@idahoptv.org / phone: 1-800-543-6868 or 208-373-7220

Donations to Idaho Public Television may qualify for the Idaho Education Tax Credit, whether or not you itemize. Learn More about the Idaho Education Tax Credit. Always consult with your tax advisor for your specific tax situation

Appreciated Stocks and Securities

Gifts of publicly traded securities, including stocks, mutual funds, municipal and corporate bonds, treasury bills and notes, warrants, stock options and stock appreciation rights can be a mutually beneficial way to combine your charitable giving goals with effective estate and financial planning.

Completing a gift of securities is most often done through an electronic transfer directly from your broker to Idaho Public Television´s account. You will need to provide your broker with important information found on this Notification of Electronic Stock Transfer form (PDF).

Advantages

Individual taxpayers have long enjoyed the opportunity to make contributions of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other securities that have increased in value while bypassing capital gains tax that would be due if sold. When you make a donation to Idaho Public Television appreciated securities you might receive an immediate tax deduction and savings on capital gains.

When securities have decreased in value, it may be advantageous to sell the securities and then make a cash contribution. You may then be able to claim tax benefits for the capitol loss as well as the value of the contribution.

Idaho Public Television is not a tax advisor. To maximize the benefit of your gift, please contact the services of a professional tax or financial advisor.

Donations to Idaho Public Television may qualify for the Idaho Education Tax Credit, whether or not you itemize. Learn More about the Idaho Education Tax Credit. Always consult with your tax advisor for your specific tax situation

Impact Idaho Communities. Invest in Idaho Public Television.

When you invite the Friends of Idaho Public Television to apply for a foundation grant or provide a gift directly from a designated fund, family trust, donor advised fund, or corporate foundation, you are directly and positively impacting the lives of Idahoans. Grants help fund education outreach initiatives, local productions, special projects, program acquisitions, streaming services from the Statehouse, and more.

The Friends of Idaho Public Television is the 501 (c)(3) organization that applies for and receives donations, grants and charitable gifts designated for Idaho Public Television. For five consecutive years, The Friends of IdahoPTV has earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information.

As a community-supported public media organization, we are committed to using our resources effectively and efficiently to reach the highest standards of programming and services. We value the trust placed in us by our viewers by providing engaging, informative and balanced media content and resources. And we value the trust placed in us by our donors by operating efficiently, with integrity, transparency, and accuracy.

The Friends of Idaho Public Television applied for and received grants from these funders in the past 24 months.

  • Albertsons-Safeway Foundation
  • Anne Voilleque/Louise Nelson Charitable Foundation
  • Bistline Family Foundation
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Idaho Community Foundation Grants:
    Idaho Future Fund
    Forever East Idaho Fund/Langroise Fund
    Perc H. Shelton & Gladys A. Pospisil Shelton Fdtn.
    Southwest Regional Fund
  • Family Trust wishing to remain anonymous
  • Gladys & Roland Harriman Foundation
  • Helming Family Foundation
  • Hemingway Foundation
  • Idaho Humanities Council
  • Idaho Power Foundation
  • James and Barbara Cimino Family Foundation
  • J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation
  • Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation
  • Leland D. Beckman Foundation
  • Micron Foundation
  • PBS Foundation
  • Simplot Foundation
  • Union Pacific Foundation
  • US Bank Foundation
  • Walmart Foundation
  • Whittenberger Foundation
  • William R. Duck Foundation

  • Donor Advised Funds in the Idaho Community Foundation:

  • The Little Family Endowment
  • The Bernie and Warren McCain Fund
  • The Fred and Gayle Bieker Family Fund
  • The Ralph and Mary Lynn Hartwell Family Fund
  • The Thomssen Family Fund
  • The Bobbie and Art Dahl Fund
  • The Stafford Memorial Fund
  • The Carol MacGregor, Ph.D. Philanthropics Gift Fund
  • The Rogers and Hazel Rose Fund for KISU Public TV
  • The Lesley Goffinet Endowment Fund
  • The Jeremy Gray and Bron Roberts Fund
  • The CDM Fund
  • The EAC Fund
  • The Kalange Family Advised Fund

Donations to Idaho Public Television may qualify for the Idaho Education Tax Credit, whether or not you itemize. Learn More about the Idaho Education Tax Credit. Always consult with your tax advisor for your specific tax situation

Individuals, corporations and foundations can invest in IdahoPTV’s mission with philanthropic gifts; grants; program underwriting; and production sponsorship.

Education Outreach Initiatives – With lifelong learning at the core of our mission, education outreach initiatives are a natural extension to our trusted television programming. Our work is deliberately focused on strengthening a child's learning ecosystem by supporting families, educators and communities through Parent Engagement; STEM and Literacy activities; the Teacher Community Program; and the American Graduate workforce development project. Substantial philanthropic support is needed to continue – and to grow - all of these programs that positively impact and strengthen Idaho families and communities.

Private contributions are critically needed to support award-winning local productions:

IDAHO EXPERIENCE is a new series produced by the award-winning team at Idaho Public Television that uncovers untold stories, bringing new information to light, and connecting Idaho’s past in a contemporary way. Significant funding support is needed to help underwrite the production costs and Idaho history curriculum development.

OUTDOOR IDAHO celebrates the diversity and richness of our state and its people by exploring the beauty, drama, and science of nature, while taking a close look at resource and environmental issues facing the West.

DIALOGUE introduces viewers to a wide range of eclectic and inspiring people, covering diverse topics.

IDAHO REPORTS is the longest-running public affairs program in the West dedicated to covering Idaho statehouse politics.

IDAHO IN SESSION increases government transparency and allows citizens an open door to the government process by airing Idaho House and Senate sessions, committee meetings, court hearings and more through an open access website.

SCIENCE TREK piques grade-schoolers' curiosity in science and inspires them to investigate science, technology, engineering and math careers. Each month during the school year, the Science Trek team explores a scientific subject with new 60-second video shorts also available on the website, Facebook, YouTube, and on PBS Learning Media.

CONTACT: JENIFER JOHNSON, Director of Strategic Fundraising, Jenifer.johnson@idahopvt.org 208-373-7313 or use our donor services contact form.

IdahoPTV Passport is a benefit that provides IdahoPTV donors with extended on-demand access to a rich library of quality public television programs on your television with a number of streaming video devices as well as on your computer, tablet, and smartphone.

Donors who contribute $60 ($5/month) or more per year can access Passport. If we have your email on file, you should have received an email with your activation code. If you did not receive this email please contact Donor Services at donorservices@idahoptv.org or call 208-373-7220 or 1-800-543-6868. You can also access your activation code with your online donor account at Donor Connect.

Where fun and learning come together! You trust IdahoPTV and PBS – our KIDS CLUB provides children with an added boost that encourages them to learn while having lots of fun! You can enroll up to 4 children 10 years old or younger.

When you donate to IdahoPTV at $60 ($5/month) or more, you become a special part of the IdahoPTV family. Kids receive a variety of unique and fun benefits including:

  • A welcome packet with special goodies
  • An official IdahoPTV KIDS CLUB welcome certificate
  • A special birthday surprise from their PBS Kids friends
  • A tour of the IdahoPTV station in Boise for up to 25 friends
  • Special drawings and contests throughout the year
  • Parents receive tips, tools and trusted resources to enhance their child’s learning via our Parents and Family monthly e-newsletter.

Enroll your children/grandchildren in our Kids Club by contacting Donor Services at 208-373-7220 or donorservices@idahoptv.org Must be 18+ to enroll family members. Your information will be kept private and won’t be shared with anyone.

With a contribution of $1,000 or more annually, Idaho Public Television’s Leadership Circle donors provide the substantial philanthropic support needed to continue programs and services that positively and directly impact and strengthen Idaho families and communities, and share the distinction of being Idaho Public Television’s most generous donors.

This group of committed philanthropists consistently invest in our mission – to encourage lifelong learning, connect our communities, and enrich the lives of all Idahoans.

Charitable contributions nurture IdahoPTV’s award-winning local productions and education outreach initiatives. Members of Idaho Public Television’s Leadership Circle may choose to invest in specific areas of support, such as Idaho Public Television’s impactful Rural Education Initiatives, or productions costs and Idaho history curriculum for local productions like Idaho Experience.

Become a member of Idaho Public Television's Leadership Circle. You can also provide a gifts directly from an IRA or retirement account, a gift of stock, a family or charitable trust or a donor advised fund.

For more information about how to initiate your transformational gift, contact Shane Chariton shane.chariton@idahoptv.org or use the Donor Services Contact Form.

Donations to Idaho Public Television may qualify for the Idaho Education Tax Credit, whether or not you itemize. Learn More about the Idaho Education Tax Credit. Always consult with your tax advisor for your specific tax situation

Double your impact with a matching gift from your employer!

Thousands of community-minded companies offer matching gift programs that can double the impact of their employees’ donations to Idaho Public Television.

Ask your corporate Human Resources department if your employer matches contributions of cash or volunteer hours for employees, retirees and/or spouses, and their policies.

Mail your completed corporate match authorization form to:
Idaho Public Television
Attn: Donor Services
PO Box 4
Boise, ID 83707
Or email online forms to donorservices@idahoptv.org

For more information, please use our donor services contact form.

Here are some* of the companies and organizations that match donations to Idaho Public Television:

  • AARP
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Apple
  • Assurant Health
  • Bank of America Foundation
  • Boeing Company
  • Cable One
  • Cambia Health Foundation
  • Chevron Matching Employee Funds
  • Clif Bar & Company
  • DirecTV
  • Edie Bailly LLP
  • ExxonMobil Foundation
  • Graham Holdings
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
  • IBM Corporation
  • Idaho Independent Bank
  • Idaho Power
  • Intermountain Industries Petroglyph Foundation
  • JP Morgan Chase Foundation
  • KeyBank
  • Land O' Lakes Foundation
  • Levi Strauss Foundation
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Liberty Mutual Foundation
  • Microsoft
  • Monsanto Fund
  • Mountain West Bank
  • Network For Good
  • Pfizer Foundation
  • Pitney Bowes Foundation
  • Sandisk Corporation
  • Shell Oil Company Foundation
  • State Farm Insurance
  • The Johnson Controls Foundation
  • Thrivent Financial
  • TYCO
  • UBS Employee Giving
  • US Bancorp Foundation
  • Walmart
  • Williams Companies Inc.
  • Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation

*As of 03/2019. This is not a complete list. Check with your employer for policies and guidelines.

The Friends of Idaho Public Television gratefully accepts donations made in memory or honor of a special friend or loved one. Gifts of any size help support the mission of Idaho Public Television – encouraging lifelong learning, connecting communities and enriching lives – now and into the future.

Idaho Public Television will send you an acknowledgement of your donation. The honoree (or family member/estate representative of the individual in whose memory the gift was made) will receive a personalized notification of your gift.

To make a memorial or honorary gift, simply write a check to "Friends of Idaho Public Television" and mail it to: Friends of Idaho Public Television, P.O. Box 4, Boise, ID 83707-0004. Along with your check, be sure to include a note containing the honoree's name and the contact information of the person you would like be notified of your gift.

You may also contact DONOR SERVICES directly or make a memorial or honorary gift online.

If you would like to name Idaho Public Television as a recipient of memorial gifts in an obituary of a family member who has recently passed, simply add to the obituary that memorial gifts may be made to The Friends of Idaho Public Television in their honor, and let us know so that we can notify you of memorial gifts made in their name.

Donations from individuals directly support Idaho Public Television programming, local production efforts, and education outreach projects in our Idaho communities. Private contributions of $60 or more per year receive donor benefits as our way of saying “thank you”, including unlocking the IdahoPTV Passport I digital library.

Become a Friend of IdahoPTV today, renew your support or make an additional gift.

More of your donation goes to our programming and services: When you designate your contribution to automatically and securely transfer from your bank account, it reduces processing fees and enables even more of your contribution to directly benefit IdahoPTV. Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) also provide you with the convenience of uninterrupted donor benefits such as delivery of your monthly issue of Channels magazine.

Contributions to the Friends of Idaho Public Television of qualify for State of Idaho and Federal tax deductions and may also qualify for the Idaho Education Tax Credit.

Donor Connect Update your donor information

Donations to Idaho Public Television may qualify for the Idaho Education Tax Credit, whether or not you itemize. Learn More about the Idaho Education Tax Credit. Always consult with your tax advisor for your specific tax situation

Donate a car, truck, motorcycle, or even a boat to Idaho Public Television and help us continue our mission to harness the power of public media to encourage lifelong learning, connect our communities, and enrich the lives of Idahoans. Your vehicle donation helps keep the quality free programming you love on-air, and donating a vehicle is easy!

Learn More about Vehicle Donation

Request Estate Planning Information

Whatever your stage in life, it is a good idea to think about and plan for how your affairs will be handled. A few simple steps today can give you peace of mind tomorrow by ensuring that you and your loved ones are well protected. Your estate plan can also be used to support charitable causes that matter most to you, such as the quality programs and education services offered to our community by this station.

Information You May Need

Legal Name: Friends of Idaho Public Television

Mailing Address: 1455 N Orchard St, Boise, ID 83706

Tax ID: 82-0400218

Standard Bequest Language: I give, devise, bequeath to Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc. in Boise, Idaho the sum of $_____________________ for its general purposes (or for a designated purpose).

If you would like more information on planned giving or to receive a free, helpful Estate Planning booklet, please complete the form below.

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Leave a Lasting Legacy

Leaving a planned gift to Idaho Public Television provides a lasting legacy for future generations, enabling IdahoPTV to continue to provide programming and services that challenge the mind, inspire the spirit, preserve our stories, and promote understanding for years to come.

Your will ensures that your assets are distributed according to your wishes to the people and institutions most important to you. Through a bequest, you can have the satisfaction of knowing that you will help Idaho Public Television for years to come, at the same time providing for your loved ones.

A bequest contribution is deductible for federal estate-tax purposes with no limit on the amount of the deduction. In addition, bequests generally are not subject to state inheritance or estate taxes. In a large estate, the savings can be more than the value of the bequest. As always, please contact your tax advisor for your specific situation.

How Do I Include IdahoPTV in my Estate Plans?

  • Bequest through a Will or Trust
  • Specify an amount or percentage of your estate
  • Beneficiary designation (life insurance policy, IRA or retirement plan)
  • Beneficiary of charitable remainder trust or charitable gift annuity
  • Real estate or other real property

Contact Shane Chariton shane.chariton@idahoptv.org or use our contact form.


Additional Information

The Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and has a board of directors comprised of individuals from across our service areas. The Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc. also solicits funds for the Idaho Public Television Endowment, which funds the creation and acquisition of IdahoPTV programming and capital equipment.

Learn More about Friends of Idaho Public Television

Contributions to educational entities, like Idaho Public Television, may qualify for the Idaho Education Tax Credit. You can claim this credit on your Idaho tax form whether or not you itemize deductions. The credit is available to all Idaho taxpayers.

  • Tax credits reduce your tax liability dollar for dollar.
  • The state tax credit is up to 50% or $1,000 of your donation for married couples ($500 for individuals).
  • For example, a couple filing a joint return can claim a credit up to $1,000 on a contribution of $2,000 or more. If their tax liability was $5,000, the credit reduces it to $4,000.
  • If you are able to itemize deductions, you will gain additional federal and state tax reductions from donations to Idaho Public Television.

We encourage you to consult with a tax advisor to discuss your specific situation. See Idaho Code 63-3029A and Idaho Tax Form 39R, Line E1, for more information.

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For assistance or more information about supporting Idaho Public Television, please contact:
Donor Services
Idaho Public Television
1455 N Orchard St
Boise ID 83706-2239
(208) 373-7220
(800) 543-6868
Fax: (208) 373-7245
E-mail: donorservices@idahoptv.org

The Friends of Idaho Public Television is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, and accepts tax-deductible donations designated to support public television programs, initiatives and productions. Contributions may also qualify for the expanded Idaho Education Tax Credit. Idaho Public Television does not sell or rent your personally identifiable information with non-affiliated third parties for their own purposes. View our Privacy Policy.

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