Why Give

Giving FAQ’s

WGTS 91.9 is a non-profit, faith-based organization that relies on the gifts of generous people just like you and business partners to continue spreading hope and encouragement throughout the D.C. Metro area. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about giving, and why we ask for your gifts.

If you have a question about a donation you’ve already sent, please email us here: [email protected]                 

                                                                                                                 

How Do I Give?

You may give securely online, as a one-time gift, or you may set up Easy-Pay for convenient, secure monthly giving. If you would like to mail in your gift, please use our Gift Authorization Form. Just remember to make checks payable to WGTS 91.9.  We’d also be happy to help you by phone at 202-902-6000 during regular business hours.

You can also mail your gift to:

WGTS 91.9 c/o Donor Care

2099 Gaither Road Suite 105

Rockville, MD 20850                                                                                                                                    

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes.  Since WGTS 91.9 is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, you can claim a tax-deduction on your gifts to this ministry.

We provide written acknowledgments to substantiate all gifts. We do not assign a dollar value to non-cash gifts. We encourage all prospective donors to seek the assistance of personal legal and financial advisors in matters relating to their gifts, including the resulting tax and estate planning consequences.

What type of gifts do you accept?

In the course of our regular fundraising activities, we will accept donations of money, real property, personal property, stock, and in-kind services.  We accept unrestricted gifts and gifts for specific programs and purposes, provided that such gifts are not inconsistent with our stated mission, purposes, and priorities.

We will not accept gifts that: (a) would result in us violating our corporate charter, (b) would result in us losing our status as an IRC 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, (c) are too difficult or too expensive to administer in relation to their value, (d) would result in any unacceptable consequences for us, (e) are for purposes outside our mission or (f) for any other reason in our sole discretion.                                                                                                                                

Will I receive a statement at the end of the year?

Yes. We will send you a printed summary of your gifts by January of the following year. However, we will send a receipt for checks right away.                                                                                                                                    

When I request a single (one-time) gift during a fundraiser, how long do I have to send in my donation?

As soon as possible. Ok, that would be nice. But you have one year to send it in. And we promise we won’t badger you for it, either.                                                                                                                                

If I give on a monthly basis, when does my donation expire?

Unless you’ve given us an expiration date, your donation is ongoing, so there’s no need to remember to renew.  Of course, if you need to make a change, we can always help.  Please contact us by:

  • Sending an email to [email protected]
  • Writing and mailing a letter to WGTS
  • Calling our Business line to request a cancellation (202-902-6000)                                                                                                    

What are your giving levels?

We encourage all types of giving, based on what God is calling you to give, and what you are able to do. But these are the most popular giving levels:

  • $5,000/one-time – Manager’s Team
  • $100/monthly – Team 100
  • $40/monthly – Team 40                                                                                                                                 

Why can’t you just play commercials for income, rather than asking listeners to give?

First of all, we wouldn’t have the joy of sharing in this wonderful ministry together in reaching our neighbors with the message of Christ. But legally, we are not permitted. The FCC has set all frequencies below 92.1 MHz as public (i.e. listener supported) educational stations, which cannot sell advertising. There are several for-profit businesses and companies that support us financially. In turn we provide a list of these Business Partners on our website as a thank-you, and service to our listeners.

Do you accept donations of stock?

Yes. Just fill out this form to get started.

How can I receive a refund?

If you wish to receive a refund of your gift, please contact us immediately.  We are only able to offer a refund 90 days after you make the gift.

If payment was received via credit card, refunds will be processed a maximum of 90 days from when the gift was made and returned to the same credit card that was used to process said gift.

If payment was received via cash or check, refunds will be issued via WGTS check and mailed to donor within a maximum of 90 days after the gift was made.

Tax and Audit Information

WGTS 91.9 was founded in 1948, as an AM carrier, broadcasting to the campus of Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University). In 1957, the station received an FM broadcasting license from the FCC, expanding its signal. In 2018 the station purchased itself from the university and is now licensed to Atlantic Gateway Communications, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We have been broadcasting Contemporary Christian Music since 1997.

We are committed to using your financial gifts with integrity. We are accountable to not only you, as a partner in this ministry, but ultimately to God.

In an effort to be transparent you can find all other documents and resources regarding financial accountability here.

If you have any further questions about giving, please contact our Donation’s Department:

[email protected]