Wills and Bequests

WPR’s news, music, conversation and entertainment programs inform, inspire and build communities throughout Wisconsin and even beyond. Our commitment to news and cultural content reflects our belief that people and communities thrive with an open exchange of ideas and information, as well as access to the arts and storytelling. A gift to Wisconsin Public Radio in your estate plans has a significant and lasting impact on WPR’s ability to share trustworthy news coverage, engaging and inspiring cultural programming, and thoughtful conversations that bring people together.

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To request additional information or to speak to a WPR staff representative about your estate planning, contact us at 888-909-4163 or legacy@wpr.org.

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Legal name and tax ID

When including a gift in your will or other plan, be sure to include our legal designation:

Wisconsin Public Radio Association, Inc.
821 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
Tax ID # 23 – 7363536

Include WPR in your will or trust

  • This requires no immediate donation, and you can change your mind at any time.
  • You can name WPR as a secondary or contingent beneficiary, so your gift only goes to WPR if your other beneficiaries predecease you.
  • A gift of any amount builds a secure future for WPR!

There are several ways to include a gift to WPR in your will or living trust. Some options:

  • Leave a defined sum of money.
  • Leave a percentage of funds left over after other gifts and debts are paid and your loved ones are provided for.
  • Leave a percentage of your estate — even a small percentage has a big impact.
  • Make a secondary or contingent gift that comes to WPR only if your other beneficiaries predecease you or if other specific gifts cannot be fulfilled.

Our gift planning team is happy to help you explore your options or answer your questions. Complete this form or contact our Planned Giving team at 888-909-4163 or legacy@wpr.org.

Name WPR as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance or other financial account

To make a gift through a beneficiary designation, contact your retirement plan administrator, insurance company, or bank or financial institution for a change-of-beneficiary form. You may be able to request or download the form from your online account portal.

When was the last time you reviewed your beneficiary designations? Have you experienced any of these significant life changes?

  • Retired
  • Changed jobs or started a business
  • Welcomed a child or grandchild
  • Moved
  • Changed your marital or relationship status

It’s important to review your beneficiary designations every few years or after any of the above life changes.

When you review your designations, please consider naming WPR as a beneficiary of some percentage, or all of, your:

  • Retirement accounts
  • Life insurance plan
  • Bank or brokerage accounts

You can easily update your plans, change your mind, or name new or additional beneficiaries at any time. Since we don’t know what the future holds for us or our families, including WPR as a secondary beneficiary can be a good choice.

If you choose to include WPR as a primary or secondary beneficiary, please consider sharing your wishes with us. Often, financial services companies will not notify us after a supporter’s lifetime, even if we are a named beneficiary. Informing WPR of your designation on this form or by contacting 888-909-4163 or legacy@wpr.org ensures your wishes will be honored.

To name WPR a beneficiary of your retirement account, life insurance plan, or other financial account, please use our legal name and Tax Identification Number: Wisconsin Public Radio Association, Inc. # 23 – 7363536.

Add WPR to your donor-advised fund (DAF) succession plan

A DAF succession plan is an important part of your overall estate plan and allows you to leave a charitable legacy. Simply tell your DAF sponsor how to distribute assets remaining in your charitable giving fund after your lifetime.

Distribute remaining funds directly to charity:

  • Direct remaining funds to be distributed immediately, or over several years, to WPR and/or other charities.
  • Work directly with our gift planning team to create a gift agreement that specifies how you would like your gift used and recognized.

Distribute funds indirectly through successor advisors:

  • Appoint family members or others to take over as successor advisors. They will continue giving from the fund to charities of their choosing.
  • Divide your account: Direct some funds to be distributed directly to the charities of your choice; remaining funds may be distributed by successor advisors.

We encourage you and your financial advisors to reach out to learn more about how to make a significant investment in WPR now, and for the future, via DAF. Contact us at 888-909-4163 or legacy@wpr.org.

The WPR Signature Circle

The Signature Circle is a special group of supporters who have included WPR in their will or other estate plan. They are visionary philanthropists who are providing a foundation of financial stability for the future of WPR.

If you have included a gift in your will, trust, or through a beneficiary designation, please let us know by completing this form or contacting WPR. You may choose to be recognized as part of the Signature Circle or you can request to be privately thanked but not publicly recognized.

We respect your privacy and won’t pressure you for details that you aren’t comfortable sharing; however, knowing our supporters’ contact information and their intention to give allows us the confidence to invest in our programs and services. And it helps us thank you for your generosity. We look forward to welcoming you to the Signature Circle!

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