Now is that joyous time of the year when we are reminded of how much we have to be thankful for: family, friends, good health, and the opportunity to live in beautiful southern Oregon.
SOPTV has much to be thankful for as we near the end of the calendar year. As you know, nearly 65 percent of the funds needed to operate SOPTV comes voluntarily from the community. Your membership support makes up the largest source of these funds — thank you!
Did you know that because you support SOPTV, you may be able to take advantage of a unique program that can provide you with a generous gift in return? If you match your donations that you have made to SOPTV this year (or in combination with any of 1,400 other charitable organizations) by making a gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust, you can receive a matching state tax credit that reduces your Oregon income taxes by up to $500 for individuals, $1,000 for couples filing jointly, or $2,500 for corporations. For more information, visit www.culturaltrust.org.
Giving a gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust doubles the effect of your gifts because the Trust provides grants supporting arts and culture to many organizations across the state, including SOPTV. Those grants have been used in the past to produce programs many of you love to watch, such as Oregon Experience and SOPTV’s Applegate Trail and Logging’s Living Past. In fact, SOPTV submitted a grant just last month to the Josephine County Cultural Coalition for funds to produce several new Student Showcase features starring exceptional students from that corner of our broadcast region.
As the end of the tax year approaches, this is also a great time to make additional charitable contributions to benefit your tax picture, whether they are gifts of cash, or… if you’ve been fortunate… appreciated stocks (which also qualify for the Oregon Cultural Trust program). Of course, we suggest you consult your accountant or attorney to determine if this is an appropriate opportunity for you to make a meaningful gift to support your favorite organizations. If you would like to talk about what such a gift would mean to SOPTV, please call me at 541-779-5602 or e-mail me at mark[at]soptv.org.
Hope your holiday season will be the best ever, and thank you much for your generous and loyal support of SOPTV!
President & CEO