Arkansas PBS Foundation shares resources for National Estate Planning Awareness Week

Oct. 11, 2023

Free estate planning guide available

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — The Arkansas PBS Foundation invites viewers to explore their options and help guide the future of public television by considering a charitable bequest. This type of gift does not cost anything during a person’s lifetime, but it is a powerful tool for reducing taxes and leaving a legacy.

Estate planning is one of the most overlooked areas of personal financial wellness. It is estimated that two-thirds of Americans do not have any estate planning documents. In the event of sickness, accident or untimely death, a will or trust can help protect oneself and one’s family. Organizing financial assets and thinking through personal goals can also help avoid unnecessary expense and financial hardship for loved ones.

"Estate planning plays a pivotal role in the financial well-being of Americans," Marge Betley, CEO of the Arkansas PBS Foundation, said. "We extend our profound gratitude to the thoughtful individuals among our viewers who have chosen to include Arkansas PBS in their estate plans.

“Their generosity establishes a lasting foundation of support that will continue to enrich Arkansas PBS and benefit our viewers for generations to come."

In 2008, Congress passed a resolution proclaiming the third week in October as National Estate Planning Awareness Week, which helps the public understand what estate planning is and why it is such a vital component of financial wellness.

Arkansas PBS Foundation will recognize National Estate Planning Awareness Week October 16-22, 2023, by providing residents with free estate planning guides. The booklet will allow the user to start organizing their financial assets and thinking through their personal goals. Request a digital planning guide at Any person who would like to receive this free booklet in the mail may contact or call 800-662-2386.

About Arkansas PBS Foundation
The Arkansas PBS Foundation exists to raise resources and awareness to support Arkansas PBS’s mission as a daily and essential resource for Arkansans. The Foundation is a catalyst and partner for Arkansas PBS growth, transformation and sustainability. The Foundation provides Arkansans with opportunities to connect with Arkansas’s only statewide public media by becoming a financial donor, corporate or foundation partner, volunteer, or by other means of giving. The Arkansas PBS Foundation builds and strengthens relationships between Arkansas PBS, donors and audiences and is committed to being a transparent and accountable steward of private financial support.

About Arkansas PBS
Arkansas PBS, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, empowers learners of all ages by educating, informing, entertaining and inspiring communities. Arkansas PBS serves as a daily and essential resource for Arkansans by creating, sharing, celebrating and driving conversation around Arkansas stories and classic, trusted PBS programs through multiple digital platforms, including livestreaming at, on-demand services and YouTube TV, and the distinct channels Arkansas PBS, Arkansas PBS Create, Arkansas PBS KIDS, Arkansas PBS WORLD and Arkansas PBS AIRS on SAP. Members with Arkansas PBS Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. Arkansas PBS depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), KETZ (El Dorado), KETS (Russellville), KETS (Forrest City), KETS (Gaither) and KETS (Yancy).