Questions about Supporting WVPT Public Television

Q: How can I make a donation to WVPT Public Media?
A: Just click here and you will be taken to our secure online contribution form. You can also call our 24/7 customer service call center at 888-987-8727.

Q: Why should I become a donor of WVPT?
A: WVPT exists to serve YOU, our content 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 outlets that are profit-driven, we are alocally owned and operated mission-driven community licensed nonprofit organization. As such, WVPTdoes not air commercials but instead brings you commercial free uninterrupted programming on air, on line, and in the community via support from donors like you… THANK YOU.

Q: How is my contribution used?
A: Your contribution is invested in the acquisition, production and distribution of the wonderful programs and services that you see everyday via WVPT. Your gift supports the station's many educational and outreach service projects that educate, inspire, and entertain.

Q: What benefits will I receive as a donor?
A: Most importantly, when you join up with WVPT, you will enjoy the satisfaction of supporting your community's most accessible portal for distribution of entertainment, education, art, information and culture. You help 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. Thanks to you - WVPT will remain free over the air, online at and on your favorite mobile device at

Q: Don't I already support WVPT with my federal tax dollars?
A: Actually American taxpayers contribute an average of $1.09 annually (less than the cost of a Sunday newspaper) toward funding public media. This is specifically why we look to the community to tell us what you expect from WVPT and how we can best be good stewards of the dollars raised locally. WVPT is a non-commercial, non-profit public media distribution network relying on the voluntary contributions of individuals make up our annual 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. This is because we do not actually pre order “Thank You”gifts but rather place orders when a donor makes a request. This one process alone saves WVPT thousands of dollars in inventory and warehouse costs every year.

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

Q: I don't watch much TV. Why should I become a donor?
A: Research tells us that public media viewers actually watch less linear television but more online and mobile content than most people. This is because our on air and online content is more engaging and users are more selective about what they watch. Most WVPT donors choose to support us because we offer a consistent source of quality, intelligent programs 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 assists 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 free over the air “multi-channel” broadcast and online mobile friendly oasis where children of all ages 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, The Shenandoah Jamboree, The Coy Barefoot Show, Politics Matters, Hey Virginia and others, WVPT's programming educates, inspires, and entertains as we 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 or comment about WVPT feel free to contact us at any time directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you have a question about an order or thestatus of your thank you gift, you can contact WVPT Member Services directly at 540-437-2998, (800) 345-9878 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You can also write to us at WVPT, 847 MLK, Jr. Way, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.