Other Ways to Give

Charity Navigator has awarded KCBX a 4-star rating, two years in a row, for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency—an achievement reached by only 32% of nonprofits. You can find our rating on Charity Navigator here.


Donate a Vehicle

Donating a vehicle is a great way to support KCBX. The process is easy and proceeds from the sale of your vehicle go to support your favorite programs. Click here to for more information.

Planned Giving

You can include KCBX in your Estate Planning. It could be as simple as naming KCBX as the beneficiary of an insurance policy or retirement account. Or you can name KCBX in your living trust or will.


IRA Charitable Distribution

If you are 72 (70 ½ if you reach 70 ½ before January 1, 2020), you may be required to start taking withdrawals from your IRA. Did you know the IRA Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) may be eligible for direct transfer to KCBX, Inc. as a gift, excluding it from your taxable income?


Using a Donor Advised Fund

A donor-advised fund is like a charitable investment account, for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations you care about. When you contribute cash, securities or other assets to a donor-advised fund at a public charity, like Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, or a community foundation like The Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County, you are generally eligible to take an immediate tax deduction. Then those funds can be invested for tax-free growth and you can recommend grants to virtually any IRS-qualified public charity.

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Employer Matching Gifts

Many companies in our area match their employees' contributions to non-profit organizations like KCBX Public Radio.

As much as we would like to take care of this for you, most matching gift programs require the employee to initiate the process. Typically this involves filling out a company form and sending it to KCBX at the same time or soon after the gift is made.

We will verify the receipt of the gift and send the completed form to the company. KCBX receives the matching gift within a few weeks or at the end of an accounting period, depending on the company's procedures.

The employer's gift is usually a dollar-for-dollar match of your gift, but the ratio can vary from .5:1 to 3:1, again depending on the employer.

Some companies even match the gifts of retired employees.

If you would like to increase the effect of your gift to KCBX, get in touch with your employee's human resources department to find out if they have a matching gift program and, if so, how to initiate the request.

Or, in many cases we can tell you whether your gift would qualify and help point you in the right direction. You can call Development Director Greg Perry at 805-549-8855 or email him at greg@kcbx.org.

KCBX thanks these companies who have made matching gifts in recent years:

  • 3M
  • Air Products
  • Alliant Techsystems
  • American Express
  • AT&T
  • ATK
  • Bank of America
  • BP
  • Boeing
  • Caterpillar
  • CA, Inc.
  • Chevron
  • Citicorp
  • Citrix Systems
  • Clorox
  • CNA
  • Coinstar
  • Digital Equipment Corporation
  • IBM
  • ITW
  • Lucent Technologies
  • Patagonia
  • PG&E
  • QAD, Inc.
  • Rockwell International
  • Sara Lee
  • Sempra Energy
  • Southern California Gas Co.
  • Karl Storz Imaging
  • Tenet Healthcare
  • Times Mirror
  • TRW
  • Union Pacific
  • UPS