Our Impact

Traci’s Story

A high school English teacher in Alaska shares how PBS's LearningMedia content keeps her energized and helps her avoid burnout. Traci’s story was featured on Common Good from Newman's Own Foundation.

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During devastating disasters like Hurricane Harvey, PBS stations serve as the fail-safe backup path for vital public safety communications.

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José’s Story

Seeing "Les Miz" inspires a kid from a farming community to dream of singing opera.

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By The Numbers

For 49 years, PBS has provided Americans everywhere with free access to programs that educate, inform and entertain - the finest children’s programs, the most respected news coverage, compelling drama, the liveliest arts, and unique nature and science programs. Here are some interesting facts…

Every year since 2003, the American public has considered PBS and its member stations the most trustworthy institution among nationally known organizations.

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PBS now has the sixth largest primetime household television viewership among all broadcast and cable networks – ahead of ESPN, Bravo, and HBO.

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Each month, Americans watch an average of 428 million videos across all of PBS' web, mobile and connected device platforms; 83% of these streams are delivered on a mobile platform.

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Donor Stories

PBS and its member stations around the country rely on the generosity of individual donors to support the programs and services we deliver to all Americans. The stories of these donors reflect the spirit of giving that has made America great.

Featured Donor Story

Iris Pollock-Prudhomme

PBS was not a part of the world into which Iris Pollock-Prudhomme was born, but it became an important part of the world she embraced, when – having seen the worst that can happen to a society – she made a new and very full life for herself in America… and made it her priority to enjoy the finer things in that life.

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Featured Donor Story

Claudia Russell Barquist, Ph.D.

Like actress Audrey Hepburn, Claudia Barquist was petite and striking and had a dancer’s good looks. Her field, however, was English literature.

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What's Your Story?

PBS touches the lives of millions of Americans every day – entertaining, informing, and inspiring viewers to be more. We invite you to tell us what PBS means to you.

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Donor Recognition

PBS and the PBS Foundation sincerely thank the following funders for their generous support of our mission.

Adobe Foundation

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Anne Ray Foundation

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

The Atlantic Philanthropies

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Charles H. Revson Foundation

Ford Foundation

George Lucas Family Foundation

The Grable Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Kern Family Foundation

National Endowment
for the Arts

Newman’s Own Foundation

Orfalea Foundation

Skoll Foundation


W. K. Kellogg Foundation