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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:

Auctions| Campaigns | Corporate and Foundation Underwriting | Endowments | In-Kind Services | Membership | Planned Giving | Volunteer

Auctions
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 station.

Campaigns
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.


Endowments
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.

In-Kind Services
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 television.

Membership
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.

Planned Giving
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.

Volunteer Activities
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.

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