Growing Up With Public Television
Nicki had her own ideas about raising children. "Of course, I was going to be the kind of mother who NEVER let the television 'babysit' her children. Someone had other plans. Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street and Electric Company were broadcast during the dinner prep/calm down time. And I must admit to enjoying much of the music and repartee myself. Chris and Hilary learned to read via Electric Company."
The Gates' involvement with public television did not stop with the kids. "Masterpiece Theatrecomedy, classics, mystery quickly became a part of our viewing. Ken Burns, Leonard Bernstein, Charlie Rose, Rick Steves, Alistair Cook, America's Test Kitchen, other cooking showsthe list goes on. PBS has become a complete entertainment and educational station, one which we are privileged to support in hopes that the mission will endure."
Nicki has been a Habitat for Humanity volunteer for 13 years and inspired by former Habitat CEO Dorothy Bullitt who always spoke about the privilege of giving, Nicki has included both Habitat and KCTS 9 in her estate plans. "We have been fortunate financially and in other ways. Our children have already benefited from our money, having graduated from undergraduate school with no debt. We have helped them all buy homes. Maybe we did something right as they all seem proud of the charitable work on our part. That's why I have designated KCTS 9 as one of the charitable beneficiaries for my IRAs and included KCTS 9 in my will. Both types of gifts were suggested by my brother who is a CPA and endorsed by my husband and children. I would absolutely encourage others to make similar gifts."
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