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Support


Q: How can I make a contribution online to WVPT, Your Source for PBS & More?
Just click here and you will be taken to our secure online contribution form. Or click on the Donate button on our home page. You can also call our 24/7 customer service call center at 888-987-8727.

Q: Why should I become a donor/member of WVPT?
A: WVPT exists to serve YOU, our viewers, by providing a diverse array of quality programs, educational and public services for adults and children of all ages and walks of life. Your donation to WVPT is a donation for the entire community. Unlike commercial and cable television stations that are profit-driven, WVPT is a mission-driven organization. WVPT does not exist to serve advertisers, businesses or the commercial marketplace.

Q: How is my contribution used?
A: Your contribution is invested in the acquisition, production and broadcast of the wonderful programs that you see everyday on WVPT. Your gift also supports the station's many educational services and outreach service projects. In addition, your gift helps offset the cost of station operations and technical requirements.

Q: What benefits will I receive as a donor/member?
A: Most importantly, when you join WVPT, you will enjoy the satisfaction of supporting your community's most accessible center for entertainment, education, art, information and culture. You will also help many families in our community that may not be able to donate, but whose children benefit from programming that helps them become ready to enter school.

Q: Don't I already support WVPT with my tax dollars?
A: American taxpayers contribute an average of $1.09 annually (less than the cost of a Sunday newspaper) toward funding public television nationally. With the state reductions in Virginia, funding for public broadcasting in the state equals approximately 38 cents per resident this year. WVPT matches essentially every dollar from the government with local financial support. With government support continuing to decrease, community support is more important than ever before. WVPT is a non-commercial, non-profit public television station. Though the station receives support from federal and state sources, as well as from generous area business underwriting, the largest source of revenue must come from voluntary contributions of individuals. WVPT relies on the generous support of the community for approximately 50% of its operating budget.

Q: Is my gift to WVPT tax-deductible?
A: WVPT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution to the station is fully tax-deductible, minus the fair market value of any thank you gifts you receive. For example, if your contribution to WVPT is $150 and you choose to receive a CD/DVD that has a retail value of $15.95 as your thank you gift, the deductibility of your gift will be $134.05.

Q: How long will it take for me to receive my thank you gift?
A: Once your contribution has been received by WVPT, the receipt of your thank you gift may take up to eight weeks.

Q: Does WVPT receive any of my monthly cable/satellite fees?
A: No, WVPT depends on the generosity of its members and receives no money from cable or satellite fees.

Q: I don't watch much TV. Why should I become a donor/member?
A: Research tells us that public television members actually watch less television than non-members because they are more selective about what they watch. In fact, most of WVPT members choose to support the station because WVPT offers a consistent source of quality, intelligent programming for the discerning viewer. Our educational children's programs provide sons, daughters and grandchildren with commercial free programs each and every day. Also, your support will assist in the many outreach community events and training seminars WVPT provides in the community.

Q: I've never used my credit card on the Internet before. Is it safe?
A WVPT is using a secure browser and the best encryption technology available to ensure your protection and privacy.

Q: How is WVPT involved in my community?
A: WVPT offers a rare broadcast oasis where children learn to use their imaginations rather than their fists, are encouraged to use their minds rather than their might, and are enticed to pick up a book rather than the remote control. WVPT helps our community's citizens make informed decisions when choosing elected officials by providing in depth broadcast coverage of candidate debates and profiles, as well as election night returns. Through locally produced series such as The Miller Center Forums, Virginia Farming, and WVPT Cooks with Tassie Pippert, WVPT's local programming entices viewers to explore, celebrate and appreciate the joys, the rich history and the cultural diversity our community offers.

Q: How can I contact WVPT?
A: If you have a question about your membership, the status of your thank you gift, or anything else that may be on your mind, you can contact WVPT 24/7 toll free customer service phone center at 1-888-987-8727 or contact Member Services directly at 540-247-2450, (800) 345-9878 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or write to us at WVPT, 847 MLK, Jr. Way, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

David Mullins, WVPT President and GMWVPT Needs You!

Dear WVPT Viewer:

WVPT is your community resource, your PBS station, which provides the very best television programming, all day EVERY DAY! And it is largely through the individual contributions of you, our viewer, that WVPT can bring you these programs.

Whether it is award-winning national series and specials, such as FRONTLINE, THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, THE WAR, THE NEWSHOUR, MASTERPIECE, NOVA or SESAME STREET or our locally produced award-winning programs like VIRGINIA FARMING, CONSIDER THIS, THE MILLER CENTER FORUMS and WVPT COOKS WITH TASSIE PIPPERT or our new Spanish-language digital service V-Me . . . WVPT's programming schedule has something for everyone!

PBS is consistently rated #1 in Public Trust by the annual Roper Survey. With this trust comes a responsibility to bring you top-quality, in-depth, fair and balanced programming. At WVPT, our staff and volunteers continually hear from viewers like you. And what we hear is a resounding "thank you" for making a difference in the ever-crowded television environment, for having a positive impact on the lives of our children, and for listening to and responding to your comments and feedback.

You can make a difference right now! Pledge your financial support with a contribution that will help WVPT produce and present even better programs in the months ahead. With your contribution of $40, $60, $100, $250 or more, you are making an investment in something for which you can see immediate results – results that will impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of WVPT viewers. Charge your contribution on a major credit card and watch your donation go to work instantly!

Thank you very much for your support and keep watching WVPT - Your Source for PBS and More!


David Mullins
General Manager

Bequest

A gift to WVPT in your will or revocable trust proclaims your confidence that we will continue to pursue our mission and make a difference in the lives of future generations. A bequest is:

  • Easy to arrange
  • Does not affect your assets or cash flow during your lifetime
  • Revocable

You may have planned your estate through a revocable trust instead of a will. A transfer to WVPT from your trust will bring you the same tax and planning benefits as a bequest from a will.

Your bequest or trust distribution to us will reduce the value of your estate for federal estate tax purposes, and will also be exempt from state inheritance taxes.

You Can Make Your Bequest in Several Ways:

A bequest can deliver a specific dollar amount or asset to WVPT, or it can give us a percentage of the balance remaining in your estate after taxes and specific bequests have been paid. It can also be payable if an individual beneficiary is not able to inherit.

Specific Bequest

"I bequeath Ten Thousand ($10,000) Dollars [or: all my Merck stock] to WVPT—Virginia's Public Television."

Residuary Bequest

"I bequeath Ten Percent (10%) of the residue of my estate to WVPT—Virginia's Public Television."

Contingent Bequest

"If my niece does not survive me or is unable to inherit this bequest, I direct that it be paid to WVPT—Virginia's Public Television."

Your Bequest Can Be Used by Us in Two Ways:

A bequest can be directed to a specific program or purpose at WVPT, or you can tell us to apply it to our general resources or use it for the need that we believe is most pressing at the time it is received. So that it can be most useful, we prefer that the terms of a bequest be as general as possible, and ask you to consult us if you are considering a bequest for a specific purpose here.


Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust

A charitable remainder annuity trust is a separately invested and managed charitable trust that pays you, your spouse, and/or other beneficiaries a fixed annuity income for life or a term of years. You receive a charitable income tax deduction for a portion of your gift to the trust. No additional gifts are permitted. After the annuity trust terminates, the accumulated principal or "remainder interest" goes to WVPT.

  • Receive stable, predictable income (particularly appealing to older donors and income beneficiaries).
  • Avoid all upfront capital gains tax on any appreciated assets you transfer to the annuity trust.
  • Receive all or partly tax-free income if your annuity trust is invested for that objective.
  • Reduce your estate tax liability by removing a large taxable asset.
  • Make a satisfying and substantial gift to WVPT during your lifetime.

Example

Comparison of Benefits: Unitrust and Annuity Trust

This example is based on a factor that changes monthly. Contact our office for a personal illustration based on the latest rates.

Assumptions:

> Beneficiaries aged 72 and 70
> 28% income tax bracket
> Holding $100,000 in stock with $50,000 cost basis

.

Unitrust

Annuity Trust

Contribution

$100,000

$100,000

Income Rate

5%

5%

First Year's Income

$5,000

$5,000

Future Income

Variable

$5,000/year

Charitable Deduction*

$43,764

$43,367

*Based on a Federal Discount Rate of 5%.


Charitable Lead Trust

The charitable lead trust generates income for WVPT now, while reducing your tax costs for transferring assets to the next generation. The lead trust holds gift assets for your lifetime or for a term of years, and pays annual income to us. WVPT benefits from the assured income stream from the lead trust, while your family enjoys several tax advantages:

  • The gift assets placed in the lead trust are frozen in value for transfer-tax purposes as of the date the trust is formed. When the trust terminates and the assets pass to your family, all intervening appreciation will escape gift and estate tax.
  • Our income interest further reduces the taxable value of the trust assets when they pass to your family. This feature makes the lead trust especially useful if you are holding assets likely to appreciate significantly before they are transferred to the next generation.

Support WVPT in minutes!

First, find a thank you gift in the list below. Then simply select the item you want and click the "Pledge Now" link.

If you would like 100% of your support contribute to go to WVPT then click here to choose no gift.

50 Years of Peter Paul and Mary Happy
'50s & '60s Party Songs Heart Healthy Yoga
'50s & '60s Rock Rewind Hullabaloo
'60s Girl Grooves Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air
'60s Pop, Rock and Soul Jackie Evancho: Awakening
'70s & '80s Soul Rewind Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin with Frank & Bing
3 Steps to Incredible Health Joy Bauer's Food Remedies
30 Days to a Younger Heart Kristin Chenoweth
Active With Arthritis Lawrence Welk: Big Band Splash
African American's: Many Rivers to Cross Legends of Folk
Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan Love, Laugh & Eat
Antiques Roadshow: Junk in the Trunk Magic Moments: Songs of the 50's
Appalachians, The Mavericks in Time
Back Care Basics Moments to Remember
Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Home for the Holidays
Best of '50s Pop Motown: Big Hits & More
Best of Birds, NATURE Mr. Selfridge
Best of the '60s Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones
Big Band Vocalists My Wild Affair
Big Band Years Nature: Ireland's Wild River
Billy Joel: The Bridge to Russia Concert Nature: Snow Monkeys
Bing Crosby Rediscovered Newshour
Blood Sugar Solution Nightly Business Report
Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Oscar Hammerstein
Bocelli: Love In Portofino Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages
British Beat, The Pen In Hand: Winchester's Civil War Years
Burt Bacharach's Best Phantom of the Opera
Call The Midwife Play Piano in a Flash: 3 Steps to Success
Carole King & James Taylor Red Rock Serenade
Celtic Woman: Emerald Rejoice: Itzhak Perman and Canton Yitzchak Meir Helfgot
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food & Family Renee Fleming: Christmas in New York
Civil War, The Return to Downton Abbey
Classic Hollywood Musicals Rick Steves' Delicious Europe
Classical Rewind Rick Steves' Europe Travel Skills
Country Pop Legends Rick Steves' Europe with Abandon
Daniel O'Donnell: From The Heartland Rick Steves' Hidden Europe
Daniel O'Donnell: Stand Beside Me Rick Steves' Mediterranean Mosaic
Dave Clark Five Rick Steves' Symphonic Journey
Deepak Chopra Rick Steves' Viva Espana!
Doo Wop Discoveries Rock, Pop & Doo Wop
Doo Wop Love Songs Rock Rewind 1965-1967
Downton Abbey Rediscovered The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever Smarter Brains
Dr. Wayne Dyer: I Can See Clearly Now Statler Brothers Farewell Concert
Earthflight Stop Back Pain
Easy Yoga for Arthritis Super Brain
Easy Yoga for Easing Pain Superstars of '70s Soul
Easy Yoga for Strength and Balance Suze Orman's Financial Solutions For You
Ed Sullivan's Rock & Roll The Tenors: Lead With Your Heart
Ed Sullivan's Top Performers 1966-1969 Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek
Ethan Bortnick Tribute to Bruce Springsteen
Farm Winter with Jerry App Under the Steetlamp: Let the Good Times Roll
First Man on the Moon Victor Borge: Timeless Comedy
Folk Rewind Virginia Farming
Foyle's War Virginia in the Civil War
Gentleman's Rule: In Concert Washington Week
Gospel's Jubilee Showcase Wheat Belly Total Health
Grateful Dead: Dead Ahead Woody's Children: 45th Anniversary
Great Performances at the Met: ENCORES Yanni: World Without Borders
Great Railway Journeys of Europe NO GIFT

Your financial support will help WVPT, your public television station, to acquire and produce the many quality programs enjoyed by adults and children throughout WVPT's 46-county viewing area in Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

We are ready to put your dollars to work! Over the next year, your financial support of WVPT will help us to provide outstanding, commercial-free national programs, such as NOVA, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, ARTHUR, NATURE and THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER. Thanks to your support, WVPT will be also be able to continue our local series, which include VIRGINIA FARMING, CONSIDER THIS and WVPT COOKS WITH TASSIE PIPPERT. We hope you take pride in knowing you have helped make these programs possible.

To become a member of WVPT, to renew or to make an additional gift, please click here or call our Membership Manager at (540) 437-2450 or (800) 345-9878.


  • E-mail newsletter

 




MemberCard and Cubby's Kids Club - You can enroll all children ages of 3-8 in Cubby's Kids Club to receive a quarterly newsletter and a birthday greeting from "Cubby, the WVPT Bear."

  • E-mail newsletter
  • MemberCard
  • Cubby's Kids Club

 


  • E-mail newsletter
  • Name recognition on the Leadership Society lobby plaque at WVPT
  • Name recognition on the website, if desired
  • Invitation to special events
  • Opportunity for a private, guided tour of the station
  • Invitation to special screenings
  • Opportunity to do an on-air testimonial
  • Opportunity to watch tapings of local productions in the WVPT studio
  • Invitation to meet privately with the President and CEO

 


  • E-mail newsletter
  • Name recognition on the Leadership Society lobby plaque at WVPT
  • Name recognition on the website, if desired
  • Invitation to special events
  • Opportunity for a private, guided tour of the station
  • Invitation to special screenings
  • Opportunity to do an on-air testimonial
  • Opportunity to watch tapings of local productions in the WVPT studio
  • Invitation to meet privately with the President and CEO

 


  • E-mail newsletter
  • Name recognition on the Leadership Society lobby plaque at WVPT
  • Name recognition on the website, if desired
  • Invitation to special events
  • Opportunity for a private, guided tour of the station
  • Invitation to special screenings
  • Opportunity to do an on-air testimonial
  • Opportunity to watch tapings of local productions in the WVPT studio
  • Invitation to meet privately with the President and CEO

 


  • E-mail newsletter
  • Name recognition on the Leadership Society lobby plaque at WVPT
  • Name recognition on the website, if desired
  • Invitation to special events
  • Opportunity for a private, guided tour of the station
  • Invitation to special screenings
  • Opportunity to do an on-air testimonial
  • Opportunity to watch tapings of local productions in the WVPT studio
  • Invitation to meet privately with the President and CEO

 


  • E-mail newsletter
  • Name recognition on the Leadership Society lobby plaque at WVPT
  • Name recognition on the website,if desired
  • Invitation to special events
  • Opportunity for a private, guided tour of the station
  • Invitation to special screenings
  • Opportunity to do an on-air testimonial
  • Opportunity to watch tapings of local productions in the WVPT studio
  • Invitation to meet privately with the President and CEO