How You Can Support Public Television
All fundraising for public television takes place at the local level, at the PBS member station in your area. Each PBS station is unique, offering distinctive ways for you to become a member and support public television.
To learn about the specific ways you can support your local public television station, and the benefits associated with doing so, visit your local station. PBS wouldn't be the same without you!
While each PBS member station offers unique ways for you to support public television, some of the most common opportunities include:
Corporate and Foundation Underwriting |
In-Kind Services |
Planned Giving |
From April through June, numerous public television
stations across the country present live, televised auctions. You can bid on thousands
of terrific items both on-air and online, as a way of supporting your local PBS
Many stations engage in targeted fundraising
campaigns to help generate support for specific initiatives, such as digital conversion,
new station facilities, or other mission-oriented activities.
Corporate and Foundation Underwriting
In every community, a cadre of companies and foundations — large and small — sponsor
programs that are broadcast on their local public television station.
Many stations have endowment funds that are intended to provide a permanent
source of annual operating income. When you give to a station's endowment you
can specify named endowment funds, program funds, named producer chairs, even
maintenance funds, and more importantly, you can support quality programming for
years to come.
Maybe your company offers printing services and can assist your local public television
station with a special mailing. Or, maybe you are a florist and could showcase
your designs at a station event. Donating services like this allows your public
television station to reduce its costs — it's a significant way to support public
You can become a member of your local station with a tax-deductible financial
gift of your choosing. Individual gifts from members provide the single largest
source of funding for public television, and these dollars are leveraged to earn
support from federal, state and local governments, businesses, foundations and
other funders. Benefits of membership are great, varying from station to station.
Most stations offer a great range of flexible opportunities that can help you
leave a powerful legacy — to ensure the future financial stability of public broadcasting
in your community.
Many people volunteer their time to their local public television station. Volunteer
opportunities range from helping with mailings and answering phones during pledge
drives, to leading station tours and organizing special events.