PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger shares her thoughts on what the PBS Foundation means to the future of public broadcasting.

Foundation Board

Donald A. Baer

Washington, D.C.
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Fred Berens

Miami, FL
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Afsaneh Beschloss

Washington, D.C.
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Mary G.F. Bitterman

San Francisco, CA
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John Domaschko

Cincinnati, OH
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Bill Imada

Los Angeles, CA
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Susan Jacobson

Philadelphia, PA
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Paula A. Kerger

Washington, D.C.
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Susan Marcus

Austin, TX
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Jonathan S. Raclin

Sea Island, GA
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Lisa Trapani Shumate

Houston, TX
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Laurie S. Silvers

Boca Raton, FL
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David R. Weaver

Boston, MA
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Foundation Staff

Jennie Adler

Assistant Director
Philanthropic Services
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Karen Avery

Senior Director
Institutional Giving
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Stephanie Curry

Donor Relations Manager
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Tia Graham

Senior Director
Philanthropy
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Janet Hume

Development Coordinator
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Ted Libbey

Senior Manager
Communications
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Brian Reddington

Executive
Director
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Anarosa Rohan

Director
Institutional Giving
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Carrie Scott

Senior Director
Principal Gifts
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the PBS Foundation?

The PBS Foundation is both a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a 509(a)(3) supporting organization to PBS. Its purpose is to seek, cultivate, and receive philanthropic gifts and grants at the national level for PBS. The Foundation administers these gifts on behalf of PBS.

What is the difference between PBS and the PBS Foundation?

PBS is a membership organization. There are approximately 350 membership stations like WGBH or WETA. The PBS Foundation was created in 2004 to provide the entire PBS system with significant financial support. The Foundation is a 501c3 and our only mission is to provide lasting financial support to PBS. Many grants, donations, and planned gifts come to us and we pass them on to PBS to support content and other initiatives.

What is the difference between donating to the PBS Foundation and my local station?

When making a donation to a local station, the difference is that you are supporting public media on a local level — i.e. that station's operations and local programming. Alternatively, a gift to the PBS Foundation will support PBS and affect all member stations across the U.S.

I want to make a gift to (WGBH/WNET/any local station)

Gifts intended for local stations should be directed to that station’s development department. You can look up your local station’s contact information here: http://www.pbs.org/about/about-pbs/stations/. Donations made directly to stations are also the only way to receive member benefits such as Passport or fundraising drive gifts.

How do I turn off/update my monthly donation?

The PBS Foundation doesn’t accept monthly donations. It is likely that you are donating monthly to your local PBS Station rather than the PBS Foundation. You can look up your local station’s contact information here: http://www.pbs.org/about/about-pbs/stations/, and contact them to cancel your recurring donation.

If I make a gift to the PBS Foundation, is it tax deductible?

Yes. All contributions to the PBS Foundation are 100 percent tax-deductible. When you make a gift to the PBS Foundation, it will be officially acknowledged by email or letter. This correspondence is your tax receipt and provides proof to the IRS of your gift.

What kinds of gifts/contributions does the PBS Foundation accept?

The Foundation seeks out major gifts and grants to support high-priority activities of PBS and to increase its endowment, and will accept unsolicited gifts of any size. The Foundation accepts cash, securities, bequests, and most kinds of property.