Thanks to those of you who have already given to WKAR-TV's August membership campaign. We are moving toward our goal of $95,000 with almost $43,000 pledged as of Friday morning. This is a little less than half of our way to the total we'd like to reach by Sunday, and we're about two-thirds of the way through the campaign.
Do we have great specials for you this week, as our August membership campaign continues!
For those interested in information, check out "Ed Slott's Retirement Rescue" on Tuesday, August 21, at 9:30 p.m. Learn how your gift can bring you tickets to our Ed Slott meet-and-greet in October!
If you like all-star concerts with performances by such luminaries as Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Who, Simon and Garfunkel, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor and lots more, check out Pegi and Neil Young's "Concert for the Bridge" on Sunday, August 26, at 10 p.m.
You may have noticed that WKAR's fundraising campaign began on Thursday. We're trying something new this year. Instead of having our regular 16-day campaigns four times a year, we are hoping to have those events go only eleven days.
You might say, "Don't you need the money?" and the answer is "Yes! We do!" Our goal is to do a better job of reaching out to more WKAR viewers with the opportunity to become WKAR supporters -- making WKAR and public broadcasting stronger in our community.
WKAR was selected by members of the University Club of MSU to compete in their "Big Bang-Quet" $10,000 Community Charity Challenge. WKAR is one of 26 mid-Michigan organizations asking the public for their votes to help us win a $10,000 credit towards a fundraising event held in the University Club's newly renovated dining room.
The program is conducted by the University Club of MSU in conjunction with the Capital region Community Foundation (CRCF) and sponsored by the MSU Federal Credit Union.
Gifts to WKAR are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Until December 31, 2011 gifts to public broadcasting are eligible for a State of Michigan Tax Credit. The credit expires on December 31, 2011.
Through the creative process of having planned giving strategies incorporated within your comprehensive estate plans, you can fulfill philanthropic goals, reduce income taxes, avoid capital gain and estate taxes, retain a life income, increase spendable income, and reduce costs of estate settlement, all while enjoying the satisfaction of providing significant future financial support for WKAR designated per your wishes.
Make your gift to WKAR do double duty! If you work for one of more than 900 companies across the country which match their employees' contributions to public broadcasting or higher education, your gift could double in value!
The WKAR Sound Vision Society is for individual and corporate donors to make a larger investment in the future of WKAR Radio and Television. This giving society is designed to make WKAR richer, not ultimately in dollars, but in essential resources that only dollars can provide.
The Producers Circle is a distinct group of members committed to excellence in broadcasting. Producers Circle members support the programming and services of WKAR with membership contributions totaling $500.00 or more annually to either TV or Radio.
Endowed funds are a conservative and intelligent way to guarantee the future of public broadcasting -- radio and television -- and enhance the quality of programming, education and outreach undertaken by the stations.