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Ways to Give

There are many ways to support KCBX. Click each for more information.

Employer Matching
Capacitor’s Club
Endowment Fund
Vehicle Donation
Donor Stories


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 Paul Severtson at 805-549-8855 or email him at

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
  • QAD, Inc.
  • Rockwell International
  • Sara Lee
  • Sempra Energy
  • Southern California Gas Co.
  • Karl Storz Imaging
  • Tenet Healthcare
  • Times Mirror
  • TRW
  • Union Pacific
  • UPS


Capacitor's Club

The Capacitors Club recognizes dedicated KCBX listeners who support the station's programming and activities with annual gifts totaling $1,000 or more.

  • Milestone Level ($1,000-$2,399)
  • Cornerstone Level ($2,400-$4,999)
  • Keystone Level ($5,000-$9,999)
  • Capstone Level ($10,000+)

Permanent recognition is also given to donors who make gift commitments to KCBX of $25,000 or more within any four-year period. This includes gifts given through irrevocable charitable remainder trusts and gifts from estate distributions.

Capacity Builder's Circle ($25,000+ given within any four-year period)

To inquire about the benefits of membership in the Capacitors Club, or to make a gift to KCBX, please contact Paul Severtson, KCBX Development Director, at (805) 549-8855 or by e-mail at


Endowment Fund

KCBX went on the air with its first broadcast in July of 1975. It came into being through the initial visionary efforts of Steve Urbani and Steve Burrell and the subsequent grass-roots efforts of hundreds of community volunteers.

Consultants in the public broadcasting industry initially doubted that a public radio station could survive in such a relatively small community.

Secure KCBX's Future

Now, nearly four decades later, KCBX continues to broadcast valuable radio programming to California's Central Coast. With the support of dozens of volunteers, thousands of generous annual subscribers and a dedicated staff, KCBX has grown and thrived.

Over those four decades, governmental support through grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has increased and decreased significantly. Clearly, no one has a crystal ball capable of predicting what Public Radio’s support will be in the future and this uncertainty concerns us. KCBX's Board of Directors has established a local, permanent endowment fund to address this need.

Gifts to the fund are added to the principle to be invested for long-term growth. Revenues generated from the principle will be available to supplement KCBX's annual fundraising revenues and create a more stable source of funding for future development.

Cash gifts to the fund are, of course, welcome at any time. Gifts of property or appreciated securities also are tax-wise ways of making substantial gifts. Many KCBX listeners have also made a commitment to the KCBX Endowment Fund by including KCBX in their estate planning - a way of continuing the support they provided while alive long after they have gone.

If you are interested in making a gift to the KCBX Endowment Fund, please contact KCBX Development Director Paul Severtson at 800-549-8855, or by email at