Your Investment helped Amplify KLRU and Austin


We did it! Because of YOU, we were able to surpass our goal and raise almost $38,000 from 380 people in our community during the Amplify Austin campaign. Not only did we surpass our goal, but you helped Amplify Austin surpass their goal and raise over $7.7 million for the Austin area community. It is your generosity that gives us the ability to continue building a stronger Central Texas through quality public television and vital community services. Thank you!

In fact, your gift will help KLRU convene conversations, bringing people together around issues that matter. Your gift helps KLRU support children, families and teachers, offering trustworthy educational media and face-to-face outreach where it is most needed. Your gift helps KLRU produce original content created for, about, and with the people who live here. Your gift helps KLRU tell local stories, connecting your community around different histories and a shared future.

KLRU is community-supported:  over 85% of our annual funding comes from individual donors, foundations and corporations.  Your donation creates a stronger community, one story at a time.

Thank you for investing in KLRU during Amplify Austin!



Contemporary Austin’s Five x Seven event 2/26

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Our friends at The Contemporary Austin are hosting the annual Five x Seven event on Feb. 26th at Brazos Hall. Purchase tickets and get more details on The Contemporary Austin’s website

The Contemporary Austin’s Five x Seven art sale, featuring over 600 original works of art by Texas artists, all hung anonymously and all within the dimensions of 5×7 inches. The event features live music, bites and beverages from Austin’s favorite establishments, exciting new artwork, and great conversations. The Five x Seven Silent Auction features works by past and current Contemporary Austin exhibiting artists Orly GengerTom SachsDo Ho Suh and more.

Tickets are $150 for the event and afterparty or $50 for the after party only. Purchase tickets now

Save the Date to Amplify Austin!


Amplify Austin, Austin’s 24-hour giving day, is right around the corner. Here’s how you can help KLRU continue to tell the stories that entertain, inspire and change lives!

Give: Donate online starting at 6pm on March 5th until 6pm on March 6th at Can’t participate on March 5th or 6th? Schedule your donation to KLRU now!

Engage: Join KLRU at Frank, 407 Colorado St 78701 at 6pm on March 5th! Celebrate philanthropy in Austin and watch as your donation makes an impact. Hosted by Next, KLRU’s young professionals group.

Amplify: Your Amplify Austin gift to KLRU will make your PBS station eligible for bonus donations thanks to incentive donations from the day’s sponsors.

Interested in becoming a fundraiser? We have some pretty great prizes to sweeten the deal if you do! Here’s how:

1. Go to KLRU’s Amplify page —
2. Once on our page, click “Create a Fundraising Campaign” button on the right hand side, adjacent to scrolling photos.
3. Create a donor/fundraiser account for ease of tracking your donations and managing your fundraising pages. Please provide name, email, and password in order to submit information.
4. Then click the tab “My Fundraisers” upon entering newly created account. From this tab, click ”Create a Fundraiser” to start campaign profile.
5. Upload all information needed for a complete Fundraiser Profile. Once all information is uploaded, click “Submit Fundraiser for Approval.”
6. Profile(s) must be approved by KLRU for it to be active and public facing and ready-to-share.
7. KLRU will approve as they come in.

Fundraising Page Fun Facts:

  • Fundraisers receive a confirmation email when a gift has been made during the giving day on their fundraising page. The donor to their page receives a tax receipt when their gift has been processed.
  • Fundraisers also have backend access to basic donor information on donors that have contributed on their page. This is important for personal thank you notes and tracking. KLRU also has access to all of that donation information and donor data as it relates to individual fundraiser pages.
  • Fundraisers’ goal thermometer on their page will not move until the day-of when actual transactions are being processed and run. Scheduled donations are merely scheduled, not run yet, and will not reflect on the fundraiser page until the giving day begins. If you have a fundraiser whose thermometer goal has moved prior to Amplify Austin Day, it is because they received a real-time live donation that is not part of Amplify Austin Day.

Incentives for our Personal Fundraisers:

  • KLRU T-Shirts to the 1st 3 to raise $240
  • Roku | Streaming TV & Media Player to the 1st 3 to raise $400
  • ACL Anniversary Book to the 1st 3 to raise $500
  • ACL Taping, of your choice, to the 1st 2 to raise $1000*
  • Benefit Concert tickets to the 1st to raise $3000

Thanks for helping KLRU Amplify Austin!

Odd Squad Saves the World


The Boys & Girls Club at HACA’s Flores Education & Training Center enjoyed an afternoon watching the ODD SQUAD “Saves The World” premier before its national debut on Monday, January 19th.

Clifford the Big Red Dog stopped by to kick off a fun math puzzle activity before the special. Kids were hard at work trying to be the first to figure out the puzzle before the premiere.  Seventy Kindergartners through 5th graders enjoyed the event and left with a bookmark and a fun pocket-sized math riddle handout.

Austin Revealed: Civil Right Stories screening 2/8

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In commemoration of Black History Month, please join Alpheus Media, KLRU, and Black Googler Network for a special screening and discussion of KLRU’s Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories.

DATE: Sunday, Feb. 8
TIME: 5-7 pm
LOCATION: Google Fiber Space 201 Colorado Street, Austin, TX 78701
COST: Free, RSVP required. RSVP now Drinks and light bites will be provided.

This documentary presents interviews with prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city. Panelists will expand on their experiences featured in the film and answer audience questions.

Community Cinema: A Path Appears 1/6

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of A Path Appears on Tuesday, January 6th, at Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). The free event is open to the public and takes place from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Jan 6: A Path Appears from the creators of Half the Sky
A Path Appears goes to the USA, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to reveal the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change. From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky:Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. KLRU’s screening will focus on Part 1 of the series, which focuses on sex trafficking. Join New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristoff, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively and Malin Ackerman as they meet activists fighting sex trafficking in the U.S.

Allies Against Slavery will be at the event to discuss human trafficking in the Austin area. Allies Against Slavery develops community networks that build slave-free cities. The non-profit engages and mobilizes the community through advocacy, education and activism initiatives; supports and empower local survivors of human trafficking alongside our partners; and coordinates the Slave-Free City Network. Find out more at Join them for the Voices of Innocence: A night celebrating hope after life in human trafficking on Jan. 14th at The Long Center from 7- 10 pm. Get more details

Nicholas Kristof talks about his book A Path Appears on KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith.

Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring screenings of films from Independent Lens on location in 100 cities and online. Between September and June, Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.

Recognize a Champion!

KLRU wants to share the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re asking for your help to find these stories.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion!

American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

Do you know an American Graduate Champion? Fill out our short form to give us details about their contributions to our community. KLRU will feature all Champions on our American Graduate website. We will select a few Champions to be featured as part of our next American Graduate Day celebration in the Fall of 2015.

Spread the word by using #AMGRADTX


Giveaway: Rick Steves at The Paramount 12/3

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Rick Steves is coming to Austin! and our friends at The Paramount have given KLRU a few passes to his talk to give to our fans. Email by Wednesday, November 19th, with your request. We will randomly choose winners from those who email by the deadline. Winners will be notified by email.

Wednesday, December 3rd
Doors @ 7:00pm | Show @ 8:00pm
The Paramount Theatre
Buy tickets now

Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves is America’s most respected authority on European travel. Producer of more than 50 guidebooks, host of America’s most popular travel series on public television as well as a weekly hour-long national public radio show and a weekly syndicated column, Rick is an enthusiastic and prolific speaker that will both inform and entertain.

In the Studio: Austin Runoff Election Candidate Conversations

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

KLRU, Leadership Austin, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and KUT will host three nights of discussions about leadership with runoff candidates for Austin’s 10 City Council districts and Austin Mayor.

The forums are free but an RSVP is required. One RSVP gets you access to all tapings on that night. Please RSVP separately for each night you plan to attend.

Tuesday, November 11
5:45 pm Doors open
District 1: 6:30-7pm
District 3: 7:15-7:45pm
District 4: 8:00-8:30pm
District 6: 8:45-9:15pm

Wednesday, November 12
5:45 pm Doors open
District 7: 6:30-7pm
District 8: 7:15-7:45pm
District 10: 8:00-8:30pm

Thursday, November 13
5:45 pm Doors open
District 2, 5 & 9 Council Member-Elect conversation: 6:30-7pm
Mayor Candidate Conversation: 7:30-8 pm (Reception with light refreshments to follow the Mayoral Candidate taping only)

All run-off candidates will be invited to participate in discussions to be taped for broadcast in KLRU’s Civic Summit series. Invitations are also extended to newly-elected council members in Districts 2, 5 & 9 to speak on the same topics.

Only four of the 78 candidates who ran for Austin’s 10 new districts and for Mayor have ever served at City Hall. As our government shifts from an at-large council to one with geographic representation, each person on the dais will be tasked with leading their region, while keeping a focus on the needs of the city as a whole. Our conversations will focus on leadership values and qualities each candidate will bring to our rapidly changing city.

Civic Summit: Runoff Discussions will be focused on the theme of leadership. “By the time run-off elections begin, we will have heard candidates’ opinions on specific policies and projects. What we want to focus on is what leadership values and qualities will they bring to help lead our rapidly changing city,” said Christopher Kennedy, Leadership Austin CEO.

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Community Cinema: Evolution of a Criminal 11/4

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of Evolution of a Criminal on Tuesday, November 4th, at Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). The free event is open to the public and takes place from 7 pm to 9 pm.

In this gripping blend of documentary, true crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey since that act.