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Kansas City PBS Legacy Society

Help secure the future of Kansas City PBS by making a gift from your will or estate plan and become a member of the Legacy Society. Our Legacy Society is composed of donors who have made special provisions through a bequest, trust or other deferred gift. By making a planned gift now, you will ensure that Kansas City PBS will continue to offer quality programming and education services to our local community for years to come.

Legacy Society Benefits

As a Legacy Society member, you will receive a number of special opportunities:

  • Invitations to private events such as station tours and luncheons, VIP events, and premiere screenings.
  • Insider news from the president and CEO about upcoming projects and programs.
  • Recognition on the website and the monthly member guide.

For more information about planned giving, please contact Erin Gingrich-Gaylord, Donor Relations Manager, at or 816-398-4214. If you have already included Kansas City PBS in your estate plan, please notify us by returning this form.

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To make it easy and accessible for everyone to have a will, Kansas City PBS has partnered with Giving Docs to provide you free access to a robust suite of online estate planning tools. 

With Giving Docs, you can create your will, codicil, healthcare directives, power of attorney documents and more, all from the comfort and privacy of your own home and at no cost to you. You are certainly not required to leave a gift to Kansas City PBS to use these tools, but if you do, we will be deeply grateful. 

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“Kansas City PBS is an important part of our lives on several levels. Being informed on matters large and small, local and across the world is important to us both. Sustaining an institution that binds and brings our community together is worthy of our support as well. We couldn't be more pleased to be both sustaining members and now a part of the Legacy Society. We look forward to enjoying Kansas City PBS now and in the future.”

— Dana and Pete Steinwart

How to Give


Including Kansas City PBS in your will is an easy way to make a generous gift. You have several options about how you name Kansas City PBS as a beneficiary:

  • You may wish to leave a fixed dollar amount. You will need to specify exactly how much you would like the station to receive.
  • Another option is to give a percentage of your estate.


Full legal name of Kansas City PBS: Public Television 19, Inc.

Federal Tax ID: 23-7114952

Suggested language you might use in your will to designate Kansas City PBS as a beneficiary may be found here.

Charitable Gift Annuity

The Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) is simple to complete and provides income for you and another individual of your choice as well as tax benefits.

In exchange for your gift of cash or marketable securities, Kansas City PBS agrees to pay you (and/or a loved one) an annual sum for the remainder of your life (lives.). The amount of the annuity is based on the age of the income beneficiaries: the older you are, the higher the rate you will receive.

CGAs can be established with a gift of $10,000 or more and qualify you for an immediate income tax deduction. And, a portion of the yearly income is tax-free.

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts

A Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust is a gift plan defined by federal tax law that allows you to provide income to yourself or others while making a generous gift to Kansas City PBS. The income may continue for the lifetimes of the beneficiaries you name, a fixed term of not more than 20 years, or a combination of the two.

Local Estate and Wealth Managers

Craig C. Reaves, CELA
Reaves Law Firm, PC, 4400 Madison Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64111

The Counts Law Firm, LLC
4200 Somerset Drive, Ste. 200, Prairie Village, KS 66208

Lewis D. Gregory, CAP
Bank of America 
Senior Vice President, Private & Institutional Client Advisor
1200 Main St., 13th Floor, Kansas City, MO 64105

What to Give


Should you decide to give cash through your will or living trust, your estate may be able to claim an estate tax deduction.

Life Insurance

A life insurance policy is another way to make a gift to Kansas City PBS. Contact your insurance provider, request a beneficiary designation form and include Kansas City PBS (legal name Public Television 19, Inc.) as the beneficiary of your policy.

Real Property

A gift of real property can include personal residences, vacation homes, rental property and farmland. Contact Steph Shannon, Director of Major Giving, for more information about the station’s gift acceptance policy.

Retirement Assets

By naming Kansas City PBS as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k) and/or 403(b) you will be assured that every dollar will be used for charitable purposes and shielded from income or estate taxes. Another great benefit is this option avoids the possible delays and various costs associated with probate administration.

Legacy Society Members

Realizing the impact and influence of television either personally or through a loved one has led some individuals to help ensure the future of public television by providing for Kansas City PBS in their estate plans and are listed as members of the Legacy Society.

Michael L. Abrams*
Allen* & Janet Agron
Suzanne Allen*
Phyllis Joy Banks*
Pam & Mike Bennett
Susan Sykes Berry
Harvey S. Bodker*
Phil Boring
Brad Bradley and Roberta Harding
Lanny Brewer
The Estate of Drs. Mary* & Douglas Brothers
Joan Bruderer*
The Estate of Ralph P. and Loretta H. Bunnell*
Demmaree S. Carns*
Kathryn Chapman*
Terry Chronister
Gay Clemenson
Ralph Cohen*
Barbara Cooper*
Jim Draeger & Peggy McNeive
Mark & Linda Eagleton
Dr. William & Mrs. Doris Edelman*
Don Eversmeyer*
Susan Fischer Trust
Nancy Fleming
Alex and Velda Gantner*
Edith Grafing

* Deceased

John and Carolin Green
Christopher Haberman-Wilson*
Debra Sandlin Hahn*
Rosemary Heidrick*
Adrian Arthur and Nancy Kay Hertog* Trust
Susan & Rocky Horowitz
Carol & Dennis* Hudson
Joe & Corliss Jacobs
David Cromwell Jenkins*
Jim and Lydia Kanki
Carolyn Kloth
Mark Langworthy*
Virgene Lanier
William & Debra Lipira
James Luchsinger & Joan Hinkebein
Arthur Maule*
Zona Ruth McMullen*
Mary Margaret Meshcon*
Linda Mary Neal
Betty Pankey*
Roger Pool*
Karen Lynn Pratt*
Patricia Recker*

William T. Reed*
George and Linda Robbins
Robert Runnels*
The Estate of Caroline Sanders*
Stephen Schneider
Schuette Family Trust
Dianne Schwartz*
Anne Soloment*
Peter W. & Dana L. Steinwart
Theresa Stilley
John & Erma Stous*
Harry & Marilyn Thiel*
Kathryn Thompsen*
Don and Cathy Thomson
Bruce Thompson*
Kaleen Tiber*
Richard & Phyllis Travers*
Barbara Van Vleck
Clifford Wormcke Trust*
Betty & Dennis Zeigler