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Support East Tennessee PBS

There are many ways to give!

Leave a lasting legacy

Since 1971, East Tennessee PBS has utilized the miraculous instrument of public television to enrich and change the lives of our families, friends and neighbors in East Tennessee.

This important work has been made possible through the years because of loyal members and supporters like you. You can continue making East Tennessee a better place to live, learn and grow by establishing a planned gift to support the future of public television in our community.

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Cash Gifts

Giving cash is a simple and popular way to support public television now and in the future.

Your outright gift of cash can bring attractive benefits to you as well. A popular benefit is the charitable tax deduction. In addition to the tax savings, you will be able to immediately witness and enjoy the impact of your support. Should you decide to give cash later through your will or living trust, your estate may be able to claim an estate tax deduction.

Regardless of whether you decide to give now or later, your gift of cash can help you and East Tennessee PBS make a real and lasting difference in our community.

Make a donation today!

Donate Your Vehicle

East Tennessee PBS has partnered with Vehicles for Charity where you can make a donation to us and receive a tax deduction.
Donating is easy. Just complete the online form, or call 1-866-628-2277 to complete your donation. We make all arrangements.

  • We accept cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, campers, and more!
  • Free Pickup. We will come to your house or office.
  • Get an Income Tax deduction. We provide the donation documentation that you need for your records.
  • Some restrictions apply.


When you donate your vehicle through Vehicles for Charity, you can be assured that 100 percent of the net funds generated from the sale of your donation will be distributed to East Tennessee PBS. Vehicles for Charity, a division of the arc Thrift Stores in Lakewood, CO (also a 501(c)(3) organization), acts as the agent for the other charities. A split of the net proceeds goes to both.

Vehicles for Charity was founded with the purpose of providing a win-win situation, one charity helping another. Our mission is to generate funds that allow all of the charities listed on this site to fulfill their goals and missions. Vehicles for Charity is owned and operated by the arc Thrift Stores, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1968 to support children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Give Publicly Traded Stock

Your gift of publicly traded stock can help you and East Tennessee PBS yield high returns for education, the arts and culture in our community.

Your gift of stock can also provide attractive tax savings. The first being that you can claim an immediate tax deduction. If the stock is worth more now than what you paid for it more than a year ago, you will be able to claim the full benefit of the stock's current fair market value. You can also avoid capital gains tax when you donate as opposed to selling this appreciated stock.

You may find that these tax savings can help you make a larger gift than you originally thought possible. Giving stock can help you and East Tennessee PBS convert your stock market gains into real community change. Contact us today to give a gift of publicly traded stock!

Tangible Personal Property Gifts

A gift of tangible personal property can include items such as artwork, jewelry, antiques and other physical objects. By donating your personal treasures to the station, you can help build precious value in our community.

You can also enjoy a number of personal benefits by making an outright gift of property. One popular benefit is the charitable tax deduction. This deduction is maximized when you donate property that: (1) has increased in value since the time you acquired it, (2) you've owned the property for more than one year, and (3) the property's use is related to the purpose and work of the station (like delivering education programming to children). You will also be able to avoid capital gains tax when you give the station your appreciated property.

If it's more convenient, you can also give property later through your will or living trust. Even without using cash, you can help fill our community chest with treasures that only public television can deliver. Contact us today to give a gift of tangible personal property!

Give Retirement Assets

Did you know that retirement plans and accounts funded with pre-tax earnings are often subject both to income and estate taxes when children or others are named as your beneficiaries?

By naming East Tennessee PBS as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k) and/or 403(b), you will be assured that every dollar will be used for a charitable purpose (like educational programming for kids) and shielded from income or estate taxes. You can then work with your advisers to identify other assets that are better suited to leave to your loved ones.

Another great benefit of naming East Tennessee PBS as a beneficiary of your retirement assets is this option avoids the possible delays and various costs associated with probate administration. By making a gift of your retirement benefits to the station, your charitable wishes for our community can be fulfilled with greater ease and efficiency.

Contact us today to give a gift of retirement assets!

Life Insurance

Many years ago you may have purchased a life insurance policy to ensure the financial security of your family. Today, your family circumstances may have changed and that policy is no longer needed for its original purpose.

If so, perhaps you should consider making a gift of that policy to East Tennessee PBS?

By giving outright and complete ownership of a partially or fully paid-up life insurance policy, you will be able to can claim an immediate tax deduction. The amount of this deduction is based on the lesser of the policy’s fair market value or the net premiums paid.

Another easy option for giving life insurance is to name East Tennessee PBS as a primary or contingent beneficiary of your new or existing policy.

Regardless of when or how you decide to give, your life insurance policy can help ensure the security of our community for many years to come. Contact us today to give a gift of life insurance to etpbs!

Give Real Property

A gift of real property can include personal residences, vacation homes, rental property and farmland. You have a number of options for making a gift of real property to East Tennessee PBS:

  • You can make an outright gift and claim a tax deduction.
  • You can give later through a gift in your will or revocable living trust.
  • You can deed the remainder interest of your personal residence to East Tennessee PBS, retain the right to remain in the home for life and receive a tax deduction.

Through a gift of real property, you can perhaps make a much larger gift than you otherwise thought possible, avoid income and estate taxes, and minimize or eliminate burdens placed on your loved ones. Contact us today to give a gift of real property to etpbs!

Contact Us for More Information & Assistance

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Executive director, Development


Barbara Shipley

1611 E. Magnolia Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 595-0244