Many members say they wish they could give more to Classical KUSC but they’re on a fixed income and cannot afford to give more than they already are. Planned gifts in particular allow many donors to provide support at a level higher than would otherwise be possible, even while receiving income for life and tax benefits. Classical KUSC can assist you with legal and tax counsel to help you understand how to make planned gifts through wills, trusts, and gift annuities in order to determine which is best for you. In turn, Classical KUSC will be able to use these contributions to build an endowment and ensure that future generations of Southern Californians are able to hear the best performances of the best classical pieces on Classical KUSC.

All Classical KUSC members who document their intent to support the station through a planned gift become members of the Legacy Society. If you have already included Classical KUSC in your estate plans, please let us know by contacting Minnie Prince at 213-225-7534 or [email protected]. We would enjoy the opportunity to thank you and would like to make sure your intentions are carried out properly.

If you’d like to learn more about the Leadership Circle, find out more here.

Classical KUSC is grateful for the support of its current Legacy Society Members.

Legacy Society Members

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Dr. Barbara Ackermann, LCSW
Carleen Anderson
Jerry and Barbara Andes
Dr. Roman Anshin, M.D.
Sonia Appell
Jim and Nancy Bailey
Christopher D. Baker
Charles N. Baron
Terry S. Bateman
*Dr. Allen Belkind
Benla C. Bennett
Herbert M. Berk
Lillian Berman Goldfarb
Martin Bray and Scott Henderson
William J. Bryan
*Audrey Steele Burnand
Jeremiah and Raun Burnham
Dr. Leland S. Burns
Bobbi Chifos
Dr. Owen G. Clayton
Nancy Coleman-Frank
Edward and Lisa Cook
Dr. Allen J. Curtis
Caroline S. DeMar
Fantasia Fairchild
Theresa and Jeff Ferguson
Robert S. Field
Jeanette Fraser
David F. Freedman
Robin Friedheim
Dr. and Mrs. E. Peter Gabor
Peggy Garvey
Robert L. Glasser
Deborah Goetzman
Meredith Goodwin
Donald P. Gould
David Grant
Tom Greene
Heinz Hanau
Rod and Nancy Harvey
Robert S. Helfman
Vera J. Hirtz
Terrence Joseph Hughes
Barbara Jury
Len and Trudy Kapner
Steven Katz
Doris H. Keniry
Nick J. Labedz
Donald & Sharon Lafler
*Morton Lampert
Dr. Peter B. Landecker
Jocelyn Lee
Dennis and Kathleen Lees
William Earl Lentz
Adolph Maier
Hon. Nora Manella
Alison Manheim
Susan J. Marks
James Michaelis
Les Modie
Maury and Barbara Mortensen
John R. Oden and Mark Dizik
Craig Percy and Silvia Berg
Ernest and Anne Prokopovych
James Pykonen
Suzanne Robinson
In Memory of Charles Simon Sarkas
Ronald (Dec.) and Barbara Schonfeld
Matej Sherko and Anthony Rosello
Lynette Sim
June Smith
Max Stolz, Jr.
Evelyn Stone
*Joseph and Linda Svehla
Craig and Junior Vickers
Carol Ann Walker Trust
Carole E. Walker
Ramona R. Whitney
Jon Harvey and Joemy Wilson
Dr. Robert and Mrs. Nadyne Zafran

Last update: March 23, 2023


There are as many different ways to support Classical KUSC as there are needs for your support. Various types of planned gifts are possible, ranging from a simple bequest to retirement plan gifts. Some of these gifts may be made during your lifetime or as part of your estate plan. Here is a sampling of the most common ways of making a planned gift:

Bequest Through a Will or Living Trust

The easiest and most common method of charitable gift planning is making a bequest through your estate plan. A bequest is a gift of property or assets to a beneficiary as defined in a will or living trust. Whether you wish to donate your entire estate, a portion of your estate, a fixed dollar amount, or a percentage of your assets, bequests are easy to make.

How to Include Classical KUSC in Your Will or Living Trust. Naming Classical KUSC in your will or living trust can be one of the simplest ways to support the station. When making a gift by will or revocable trust to Classical KUSC, we recommend the following language:

“I hereby give to Classical KUSC, by way of the University of Southern California, a California not-for-profit corporation, with its principal place of business at Los Angeles, California: The sum of $__________________ . The following described property: ______________________________________________________ % of the residue of my estate.”

When you decide to name Classical KUSC in your estate plan, please notify Minnie Prince at 213-225-7534 or [email protected].  You will be provided any additional information and your name will be included amongst the membership of Classical KUSC’s Legacy Society. Members of the Legacy Society will also receive exclusive donor benefits. All inquiries will be handled in confidence.

USC’s federal tax I.D. number is 95-1642394

Charitable Gift Annuities

Gift annuities are probably the most popular planned giving vehicles after bequests. It is a combination of a gift and an investment. A charity accepts a contribution and agrees to pay the donor (annuitant) and/or another recipient a fixed and specified dollar amount each year. The charity pays this amount to the donor from its assets. So, not only would you receive a fixed income for the rest of your life, you can also take a tax deduction if you itemize deductions on tax returns. Ultimately the remainder value of your charitable gift annuity will benefit Classical KUSC.

The rate of return is based on the age of the donor. Annuity rates are typically higher for older annuitants and lower for younger annuitants, based on life expectancy. Rates are also adjusted according to the number of annuitants, with rates for two-life contracts often lower due to the extended life expectancy. The age of a recipient is the age reached at the nearest birthday, and rates are the same for men and women.

In short, charitable gift annuities are an excellent method of achieving your philanthropic goals and gaining substantial tax benefits. Before you establish a charitable gift annuity, it is best to consult knowledgeable professionals. Classical KUSC can help answer any questions and provide you with a complimentary proposal of gift annuity scenarios, in confidence, and with no obligation. For more information, contact Minnie Prince at 213-225-7534 or [email protected].