We did it! Thanks to YOU!

There’s no better way to say it… other than to say THANK YOU!

Raising $100,000 in five days, with no program interruption: that’s a tall order. But we saw firsthand how much public television means to Central Texans, raising over $108,000! You and 800 other donors gave because you believe that your only community-supported public television station is a vital local resource.

Your gift and and your stories made KLRU’s online fund drive a sincere success. The drive may be over, but the work of public television continues, and the challenges remain. Keep sharing “What’s #YourKLRU?” with others and we’ll continue responding with quality educational programming, local productions and important community services.

Thank you!

MATCH Alert: FINAL day to get $100k! What’s #YourKLRU?

It’s the last day of KLRU’s 5 day online fund drive and your last chance to help us reach $100,000 by midnight!

What’s more, to help ensure we get there KLRU has received one final $5,000 challenge match! Your response to these challenge matches truly make a difference – over $28,000 has been raised through matches thus far, with a potential to bring in over $38,000!

Many thanks to Myra Leo & Billy Atkins, Capital Grille, Emerson, Miller IDS, Valentine HR and Laura & John Beckworth & The Hobby Family Foundation for their generous matching gifts to #YourKLRU!

With just $20,000 more to go, right now your gift will effectively double in an instant putting us that much closer to our $100,000 goal!

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And supporting public television is now more important than ever! Take it from KLRU Sustaining Members James & Linda Cannon.

“We are over 75-years-old, love to dance and also like to keep up with what is happening in the world.  So we record PBS NewsHour from an antenna, and when we come in after dancing until 2:00AM we watch the news. The night life is a very good life and it’s our life. Thank you for what you do, please keep it up!”

So it’s your turn! Will you step up to tell us What’s #YourKLRU and effectively see your dollar doubled in an instant by this generous match?

P.S. Do you love the informative News & Public Affairs programming found on KLRU every Friday evening? Then consider giving to KLRU’s News & Public Affairs fundraising page! When you do, you’ll be entered into a giveaway for some cool swag like passes to the 2017 Texas Tribune Festival! Or consider making your gift to one of KLRU’s local productions or other PBS programs by clicking one of the logos below!

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2X Match: 48 hours left! $35k to go! What’s #YourKLRU?

Here’s another great testament to the importance of #YourKLRU from Nancy Pollard, Attorney and mom of three.

“KLRU is a truly invaluable asset to our entire family. Their educational resources for adults and children alike are unparalleled. I love that their educational apps are made available not just to our kids but also to kids throughout the community. We are lucky to have such a powerhouse public broadcasting organization serving our city.”

Stories like Nancy’s truly validate that public television is worthy of your support and vital to your community.

And supporting public television is now more important than ever! Did you know public television serves as America’s largest classroom? PBS provides 120,000+ trusted learning tools for teachers, parents and caregivers. Not only that, but 68% of all kids age two to eight and 82% of all U.S. television households watched their local public television station last year.

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With less than 48 hours to go, we still need to raise $35,000 to reach our $100,000 goal! And right now we have an exciting $1,000 challenge match from KLRU Business Supporter Miller IDS.
Double your dollar and your impact now!

Can I count on you to help us reach our $100,000 goal and spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by answering “What’s #YourKLRU?”

P.S. Do you love the international drama programming like Masterpiece, Father Brown, Call the Midwife and more? Then consider giving to KLRU’s International Drama fundraising page! When you do, you’ll be entered into a giveaway for some cool swag like the entire boxset of Downton Abbey on Blu Ray/DVD! Or consider making your gift to one of KLRU’s local productions or other PBS programs by clicking one of the logos below!

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DOUBLE your gift for #YourKLRU!

Your stories keep rolling in… validating the importance of #YourKLRU in Central Texas!

Take it from Pramod Patil, Senior Manager at Plainview.

“KLRU adds a great value to our daily lives and it’s the only channel that we can watch as an entire family! KLRU has created a trust relationship where we can rely on its news and rich content. Thank you KLRU!”

Stories like Pramod’s confirm that public television is worthy of your support and vital to our community.

There’s never been a more important time to support public television than now! PBS has been rated #1 in public trust among nationally known institutions for 14 consecutive years and public television is noncommercial and available for free to ALL Americans.

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We’re over halfway through our 5 day online fund drive and we still need to raise over $50,000 more to reach our $100,000 goal. And thanks to Business Supporter Emerson, we’re that much closer! For every dollar received today, Emerson will contribute the same amount up to $2,500, potentially helping KLRU bring in a total of $5,000!

Now it’s your turn! Will you step up and see your dollar effectively doubled in an instant to keep #YourKLRU thriving for years to come?

Do you love the science programming found on KLRU every Wednesday evening? Consider giving to KLRU’s Science Night fundraising page in support of programs like Nature and NOVA! When you do, you’ll be entered into a giveaway for some cool experiences like 2 tickets to KLRU’s NEXT Night Going Batty! Or consider making your gift to one of KLRU’s local productions or other PBS programs by clicking one of the logos below!

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Your memories. Your future. What’s #YourKLRU?

You’ve told us how important #YourKLRU is to you. And supporting public television is now more important than ever.

Take it from Christine Hoang, Founding Artistic Director of Color Arc Productions.

“KLRU and PBS is how I learned English. Now it’s how my daughter sharpens her budding Kindergarten reading skills. It’s like my life is coming full circle, and KLRU and public television is helping me draw that sphere.”

Stories like Christine’s confirm that public television is worthy of your support and vital to the people of Central Texas.

Did you know PBS KIDS programming is ranked #1 in School Readiness? Not only that but students who engage with PBS content showed a 56% gain in critical thinking skills and outperformed state assessment norms by 11 percentage points! So we’re asking you to stand up and show your support for quality educational programming for everyone in Central Texas!

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It’s the second day of KLRU’s online fund drive and we’ve raised over $28,000 towards our $100,000 goal. Right now we have a generous dollar for dollar $500 challenge match from KLRU Business Supporter, Capital Grille! Give now to double your dollar instantly.

You have the power to keep #YourKLRU thriving for years to come. Can we count on you to make a difference right now?

Sincerely,
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Susannah Winslow
Membership Director

P.S. Want your gift to support the educational children’s programming found on KLRU’s new PBS KIDS 24/7 channelConsider giving to KLRU’s PBS KIDS fundraising page! When you do, you’ll be entered into a giveaway for some cool experiences, like a Family 4-pack of tickets to the Texas Museum of Science & Technology! Or consider making your gift to one of KLRU’s local productions or PBS programs by clicking one of the logos below!

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Together our impact is doubled! What’s #YourKLRU?

KLRU’s online fund drive kicks off today and to get a jumpstart on our $100,000 goal we have a generous $10,000 challenge match from KLRU Board Member Myra Leo and her husband Billy Atkins. Here in their own words is why they support #YourKLRU.

My KLRU is the campfire that we can all gather around in the evening to hear the stories that make us one community. This campfire—our only community-supported public television station—would leave a huge void if it died out.

Without public television, our access to informed, commercial free and educational programming in Central Texas would vanish. Even in today’s digital age, the programming that KLRU and PBS provide can be found nowhere else.

This is why my husband Billy and I are committed to keeping the KLRU campfire burning bright with a $10,000 matching gift promise. Every dollar you give during KLRU’s online fund drive, beginning today, will be doubled. And that will go a long way in helping reach their goal to raise $100,000 in five days.

Together we can have the strongest impact to keep this community resource thriving for years to come. Won’t you join us in supporting this trusted national institution by making a gift today and sharing What’s #YourKLRU?

Do you love the independent film you see on KLRU every Monday night? Consider making your gift to KLRU’s Independent Film fundraising page. When you do, you’ll be entered into a giveaway for some cool swag, like 2 tickets to LaLa Land in Concert at the Long Center! Or make your gift to one of KLRU’s local productions or PBS programs by clicking one of the logos below!

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What do 902 minutes mean to you?

You’ve told us how important #YourKLRU is to you. And supporting public television is now more important than ever.

Take it from Chase Erwin, KLRU NEXT Member.

“I first donated to KLRU when I was in grade school. It was never very much. $5 whenever I had the chance… because I knew from an early age how important KLRU and PBS were to me. They helped me learn math, grammar and social studies. As I matured, my programming choices on KLRU did too. I’ve grown up with PBS every step of the way and I intend to continue watching and supporting my local public television station for many years to come.”

Stories like Chase’s validate what we already know — that public television is vital to the Central Texas community and worthy of your support.

So this June, we’re giving back 902 minutes of uninterrupted high-quality educational programming! But in exchange, we need your help to raise $100,000 in just five days during our online fund drive. Want to know more?

WHEN: Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 9. Circle the calendar!

WHAT: For the past two years, viewer response to KLRU’s online fund drives has been overwhelmingly positive. But what does an online fund drive mean? It means we’re NOT interrupting your regular schedule and we’re NOT breaking into your favorite shows to ask for support. 

WHY: By eliminating an on-air pledge drive, we’re giving back 902 minutes of uninterrupted programming to you. That’s over 15 hours of your favorite shows! But we are relying on YOU to help us reach our goal so that fundraising drives can continue with zero program interruption.

HOW: Save the date to make a donation at klru.org June 5th through 9th and help spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by answering “What’s #YourKLRU?”. Or share your story with us here today!

You have the power to keep #YourKLRU thriving for years to come. Can we count on you to make a difference this June?

Your support is more important than ever!

You have the power to keep public television in Central Texas thriving for years to come. So, we couldn’t be more thankful that YOU answered our call for support by making a gift during our Spring Fund Drive!

Because of YOU… KLRU raised over $243,000 for the programs you love to watch and the vital community services we provide to Central Texans. Not only that, you helped us meet the generous $10,000 challenge match from Lonnie & Polly Cooper in less than 24 hours, allowing us to end our fund drive one day early! All in all, more than 1,400 donors stepped forward to join us in the proud PBS tradition.

What’s more, we loved hearing why supporting KLRU and PBS is essential to YOU! Here’s what first time donor Jeni Williams shared with us when she made her gift:

“I have enjoyed PBS for most of my life and the programming on KLRU since moving to Austin a decade ago. While I have considered supporting KLRU for most of that time, I never actually pulled the trigger. This email was the perfect encouragement to do so, especially in the current political climate. Thank you for bringing diverse voices into the living rooms of thousands, encouraging conversations between family and friends, and teaching our little ones not only their ABC’s, but also how to live with compassion and understanding.”

Now it’s your turn! Would you be willing to share why supporting public television is important to you or how KLRU/PBS has impacted your life? We’re collecting stories to be featured on-air and online. Tell us… What’s #YourKLRU?

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Thank you again for your ongoing commitment to public broadcasting. You’re truly the reason we’re able to be here to provide Central Texas with high quality, educational programming every day.

Be the power of public television!

What would the past year have been like without public television?

Imagine it — a year without Masterpiece, PBS NewsHour or Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. No NOVA to help explain the latest scientific discoveries in the world. No American Experience to help us reflect on our shared history as a nation.

Unlike commercial stations, where advertisers hold the power, on KLRU the power resides with YOU!

As your local PBS station, we only have to answer to the community we serve… because it’s your support that makes all these programs possible!

You have the power to protect the present and future of your favorite PBS programs. Won’t you help KLRU and local public television continue to thrive by making a gift today?

Your gift to KLRU now has twice the power

Lonnie & Polly Cooper, longtime supporters of KLRU, challenge you to support KLRU. In their own words, here’s why:

I’ve been asked many times why I believe in KLRU and the power of public television. My strong support for KLRU can be summed up in just a few words: constant, reliable and trustworthy.

KLRU & PBS allow us the opportunity to see the world from an honest perspective, presenting a multitude of viewpoints in their programming. I’m reminded of what I saw the first time I watched Sesame Street… I saw different types of people that did not always agree, but accepted each other for who they were and never stopped loving them. Without PBS, my family and I would likely not have the same understanding of the importance of diversity and positive conflict resolution.

This is why my wife, Polly, and I are pleased to present KLRU with a $10,000 matching gift promise and challenge YOU to support quality public television in Central Texas. Your gift of any amount will have twice the power to build a more informed, connected and educated community thanks to this dollar for dollar match.

KLRU is a promise. The good kind. When I turn on KLRU, there has never been a time that I’ve had to ask myself, is this something I can watch with my family?

Won’t you join us in helping ensure this promise remains for years to come?

Sincerely,
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Lonnie & Polly Cooper
Longtime Supporters of KLRU