Classical KUSC Membership - Frequently Asked Questions

Membership - Frequently Asked Questions

 

"Is my donation tax-deductible?"

Yes, Classical KUSC is a 501(c)3, Federal Tax ID# 95-1642-394. Your contribution is fully deductible, less the value of any selected thank you gift benefits. You will receive an acknowledgement of your gift in the mail about three weeks after each donation is paid and a comprehensive tax receipt by January 31st which will include all gifts paid in the previous calendar year. For more information, please consult your tax attorney.

"When will I receive my thank you gift?"

Your thank you gift will be sent to you 6-8 weeks after 100% of your pledge has been paid. Classical KUSC must place an order for thank you gifts with our fulfillment company after each pledge drive, when we have an accurate inventory of how many items we need to order. Because we must pay the full amount for the items (the items are not donated to Classical KUSC), it is important to cover the costs associated with purchasing the items and shipping to our members. Requiring 100% of the pledge be paid before we send thank you gifts ensures that KUSC’s costs are covered up front. It generally takes 6-8 weeks for our order with the fulfillment company to process and ship. (This time begins after 100% is paid and the order is placed).

"Why does Classical KUSC have pledge drives?"

Classical KUSC relies on listener support to fund our operations, not commercial revenues. Reaching our listeners over the radio is the most effective and efficient way to contact our audience and fundraise.

"What percent of KUSC’s operating income comes from USC?"

Classical KUSC does not receive any funding from USC. We raise our own operating funds through membership support, major giving, legacy gifts, foundation support, and underwriting.

"Can I purchase a CD directly through Classical KUSC?"

No. FCC regulations do not allow KUSC to sell recordings. A good source for purchasing recordings is through www.arkivmusic.com. You can click the "Buy Now" button next to the preferred pieces on the playlist listed on our website and it will take you to Arkivmusic.com. Classical KUSC receives a check from Arkivmusic.com equaling 10% of all purchases made when linking through our playlist. So, you can purchase music AND support Classical KUSC in the same transaction!

"When does my membership expire?"

You can find your expiration date on your Classic Card or above your name and address on the monthly Member’s Newsletter. All memberships at Classical KUSC last for 12 months. For example, if you donate in October, your membership will expire the following October. Some members make multiple gifts within 12-month period, known as additional contributions.  Additional gifts above and beyond your annual membership support enable Classical KUSC to do more than just cover our costs, they allow programming to grow.

"What volunteer opportunities exist at Classical KUSC?"

Classical KUSC needs volunteers to assist the development staff with fulfillment and gift acknowledgements.  Classical KUSC is located in downtown Los Angeles and parking is validated.  Email your name, address, and telephone number to volunteers@kusc.org to receive information about volunteering.

"How can I submit a matching gift from my company?"

Please see your human resources manager and pick up a matching gift form. Fill the form out and send the form to Classical KUSC Radio, Membership Services, P.O. Box 7913, Los Angeles, CA 90007 and we’ll take it from there! Companies will double, or sometimes triple your donation. Classical KUSC’s Federal Tax ID number is 95-1642-394.

"As a member, how do I participate in ticket giveaways?"

Members are eligible to win tickets from Classical KUSC every 90 days. Tickets are given away through email notification or what we refer to as e-blast.  Tickets are limited and are made available to current members only, on a first-come, first-served basis. Make sure we have an active/current email address in our database.

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