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Bequests & Planned Gifts

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is THIRTEEN’s legal name for purposes of wills, trusts, etc.?
A. THIRTEEN’s legal name is WNET.

Q. What is the Federal Tax Identification Number for WNET?
A. The number is 26-2810489

Q. Is it OK if I make my gift to THIRTEEN, instead of WNET?
A. We can cash a check made out to: THIRTEEN; WNET; CHANNEL THIRTEEN; or EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING CORPORATION, but the best name to use is WNET.

Q. Are THIRTEEN and WLIW21 the same organization for purposes of my will?
A. Both stations are part of WNET. You can be specific in your will as to which station you wish to benefit. For example: “I give to WNET (THIRTEEN) the sum of $________ for its general purposes”. “ I give to WNET (WLIW21) ten percent of my residuary estate for its general purposes”.

Q. Does THIRTEEN accept gifts of cars or other vehicles?
A. As a general rule, we do not.

Q. How do I make a gift of stock to THIRTEEN?
A. If you own the stock “in street name”, it can easily be transferred electronically to our account. Call us at 212.560.8192 for more information. If you are holding the stock certificates yourself, call 212.560.6832 for more information.

Q. Will someone at THIRTEEN be executor of my will?
A. We would have to decline that honor. It violates our gift acceptance policy as it could be seen by some as a conflict of interest. Many of our donors who don’t have family or friends who can be their executor choose their attorney or law firm.

Q. Does THIRTEEN offer gift annuities and other life income gift plans?
A. Yes, for more information see our ways of giving section on this website.

Q. Will THIRTEEN take a gift of a house or other real estate?
A. We have accepted such gifts in the past, and would be happy to consider your offer. Please call 212.560.4989 or 212.560.6832 to speak with us.

Q. Would THIRTEEN want my collections or paintings?
A. If the value of such an item or collection exceeds $5,000 we would be happy to speak with you about such a gift. Our policy is to sell collectibles and use the proceeds for our work. In most cases, if you were to donate such items during your lifetime, you would be able to deduct only the lesser of your cost basis and fair market value as a charitable deduction. Such items bequeathed to us would qualify for the estate tax charitable deduction.

Q. I have a question not included here. Whom should I contact?
A. Please call or email either David Clough at 212.560.4989 clough@thirteen.org or John Matthews at 212.560.6832 matthewsj@thirteen.org.

THIRTEEN
825 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
212.560.4989
plannedgiving@thirteen.org