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IRA Charitable Gifts

You can support KUOW by naming the station as a beneficiary of your IRA or by making a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA during your lifetime.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Kate Thayer, Planned Giving Officer, at 206-786-8016 or

Legacy IRA Gifts

Please contact your IRA administrator and provide the following information to designate KUOW as a beneficiary:

  • Our Legal Name: KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
  • Our IRS Tax ID number: 91–2079402

Lifetime IRA Gifts

Qualified Charitable Distributions from Your IRA

The IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) provision allows individuals who have reached age 70½ to donate up to $100,000 to charitable organizations directly from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA), without treating the distribution as taxable income. Please note that IRA charitable rollover gifts do not qualify for a charitable deduction.

You will need to provide your IRA administrator with the following information:

  • Our Legal Name: KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
  • Our IRS Tax ID number: 91–2079402
  • Ask them to include your name on the check and indicate it is an IRA QCD
  • The check should be mailed to: KUOW, 4518 University Way NE, Suite 310, Seattle, WA, 98105

Required Minimum Distributions: Taxpayers age 73 or older are required to make annual distributions from their IRAs, which are then included in their adjusted gross income (AGI) and subject to taxes. The IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) permits those taxpayers to make donations directly to charitable organizations from their IRAs without counting them as part of their AGI and, consequently, without paying taxes on them. Roth IRAs do not require withdrawals until after the death of the owner.

Directly to the Charity: Please ask your plan administrator to make the check out to KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio and send it direct to us at the above address.

Limit on Amount: Holders of traditional and Roth IRAs who are 70½ or older can make direct charitable transfers of up to $100,000 per year. A single person can transfer $100,000 tax-free; a married couple can transfer up to $200,000 tax-free from separate accounts.

Reach out to us if you have any questions or if you are creating or updating your estate plan and don’t know where to begin—we can help!

Contact Kate Thayer // 206-786-8016 //

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