This is it…#GivingTuesday!

Now’s the time for YOU to help redefine the giving spirit this holiday season.

Join #YourKLRU and the #GivingTuesday movement as we bring together individuals from across the globe to do extraordinary things, TODAY! Your support towards our $30,000 goal will help inspire others in Central Texas and beyond to harness the power of philanthropy.

And best of all, you can double your dollar and your impact by giving your donation during the generous challenge match from  local business supporter, Wilson Goldrick Realtors.

For every dollar received this morning until 11am, Wilson Goldrick will contribute the same amount up to $2,500, potentially helping KLRU bring in a total of $5,000! 

Remember, everything you give goes directly back to serving you and your community – allowing KLRU to continue bringing the best in educational, entertaining, and inspiring programming to everyone in Central Texas.

THANK YOU for helping us give together.

Generous matching support provided by:

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KLRU is thankful for YOU

Thanksgiving… a day full of good food, great company and maybe even a little football. But it’s also a day to reflect on what we’re grateful for… and KLRU cannot emphasize enough how sincerely grateful we are for YOU!

As we jump into the holiday season, and our Winter Fund Drive, we’re thankful that your thoughtful feedback and support enables KLRU to keep more of your regular schedule on-air, with fewer interruptions, during fundraising drives.

And with just 2 weeks to raise $220,000, will you share in the spirit of Thanksgiving by making a gift to show us how grateful you are for KLRU’s commitment to local productions, community outreach, and unrivaled television that entertains, educates and inspires?

During this season of gathering together… eating Thanksgiving dinner together, watching PBS together—YOU have the power to ensure that KLRU will always be a gathering place for your community.

Thank you for giving generously. 

Schedule your #GivingTuesday donation today!

You can redefine the giving spirit this season by joining #YourKLRU on Tuesday, November 29th for #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday brings together individuals from across the globe to do extraordinary things. Help inspire others in Central Texas and beyond to harness the power of philanthropy.

And you don’t have to wait until November 29th to give! Schedule your donation now on the form below and we’ll process your gift at 3am on #GivingTuesday. Your gift will go a long way in helping reach our $30,000 goal!

Help put YOUR community-supported public television station on the map as a shining example of Central Texas generosity. Everything you give goes directly back to serving you and your community -allowing KLRU to continue bringing the best in educational, entertaining, and inspiring programming.

THANK YOU for helping us give together.

Be extraordinary this #GivingTuesday – Schedule your donation today!

Join KLRU on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 for #Giving Tuesday. Help inspire others in Central Texas and beyond to harness the power of philanthropy.

#GivingTuesday brings together individuals from across the globe to do extraordinary things. Unite with KLRU this #GivingTuesday by donating to your only community-supported public television station. You can redefine the giving spirit this season by helping KLRU reach our $30,000 goal! Here’s how:

  1. Save the Date to GIVE! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 29th to donate online at klru.org to help us reach our $30,000 goal. Add it to your google calendar as a reminder or get updates through our Facebook event! Don’t want to wait? Schedule your donation today! 
  2. Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday. Join KLRU on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – be sure to retweet, reshare and regram our posts with #yourklru and #GivingTuesday. Your shares will boost KLRU’s visibility and help drive more donations!
  3. Does your business want to get involved? Consider becoming a business partner and providing generous matching support for #GivingTuesday! KLRU will post your company’s logo and message your matching contribution by email and social media. Email me at swinslow@klru.org for more information.

Viewers like you serve the BIGGEST IMPACT on #GivingTuesday. Help put YOUR COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED public television station on the map as a shining example of Central Texas generosity. Everything you give goes directly back to serving you and your community, allowing KLRU to continue bringing the best in educational, entertaining, and inspiring programming.

THANK YOU for helping us give together.

KLRU, for my family and yours…

We must raise $20,000 more to meet the $50,000 Board Challenge Match. Catherine Robb, grandaughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson and KLRU Board Member & former Chair of the Board, shares why she’s committed to supporting KLRU through the Board Challenge Match.

My family and I have had a lifelong love affair with KLRU. Beginning with my grandfather, who signed the Public Broadcasting Act in 1967, and continuing through multiple generations – – we have all loved watching, and have enjoyed learning from, the entertaining and educational programming found on our local PBS station.

Growing up, public television was the one thing I always knew I could turn on when I was with my grandmother, especially PBS Newshour, which was “her” show. I knew we would see interesting, quality programs that would leave us glad we had taken the time to watch. And more recently, my nieces got really excited when they saw me carrying my Odd Squad totebag; they were quite impressed that I knew about this PBS Kids show. I actually get positive comments on my tote quite often, demonstrating the substantial love for PBS in our community.

Personally, I consider my involvement with KLRU to be one of the highlights of my time in Austin and one of the many reasons that I am so glad I decided to stay here after law school. This dedication to KLRU is not only for the many ways it benefits me (I also love the Newshour, as well as local programming like Austin City Limits, Overheard, and many many others), but also for its ability to impact the larger Central Texas community. It is one of those rare organizations where our supporters and the people we serve are quite often the same people.

This is why I’m committed to supporting KLRU and I’m asking you to support as well. And as a Board Member, I’m excited to share that we’re in the final days of our $50,000 Board Challenge Match and need to raise just $20,000 to reach it! So make your gift of any amount now to double your generosity and its impact on our community.

Supporting KLRU really is giving a gift to yourself as well as to your neighbors. And the vast array of programming means there is something for everyone in my family, and yours. Won’t you join me in making a gift of support to KLRU today?

Sincerely,

Catherine Robb
KLRU Board Member & Former Board Chair
Granddaughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson

A powerful connection with KLRU

Christy Carpenter, daughter of Liz Carpenter and  KLRU Board Member & Former Vice Chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, shares why she’s committed to supporting KLRU through the $50,000 Board Challenge Match. 

I cannot imagine life without public television – it provides essential daily nourishment for my mind and spirit. It’s my go-to place to gain a clearer perspective and better understanding of my community and my world. From public affairs to history to culture to entertainment and more – it enhances and enriches my life. It’s like a good friend that I can count on.

The fact that KLRU is not commercially driven makes all the difference. It addresses us as citizens rather than as consumers and focuses on quality rather than ratings. KLRU provides a kind of community glue – tying us all together, celebrating what makes Austin unique, keeping us informed about Central Texas issues and healing us in times of tragedy. Moreover, the station’s educational outreach and area partnerships magnify its impact in ways not visible on the screen. This kind of connection is powerful and unique.

Your donation helps KLRU produce outstanding programming right here such as Austin City Limits, Overheard with Evan Smith and BBQ with Franklin – showcasing Austin life and culture to viewers not only in Central Texas but throughout the country. Your support also helps bring PBS programming to our entire community, reaching all ages, from our youngest learners to our long-time fans.

These are the reasons I’m committed to supporting KLRU during this fundraising drive, and I’m asking you to join me. As a Board Member, I’m pleased to participate in the $50,000 challenge match from the KLRU Board of Directors. For every dollar you donate, KLRU’s Board will contribute the same amount up to $50,000, potentially raising $100,000 for the station during this drive!

Supporting KLRU is a way of demonstrating your appreciation for what makes our public television station so special. Won’t you make your gift today so everyone in Central Texas can continue to benefit from KLRU’s quality, educational and informational programming?

Sincerely,

Christy Carpenter
KLRU Board Member
Former Vice Chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Daughter of Liz Carpenter & Fifth-Generation Texan

 

Special offer: Tickets to see Andrea Bocelli Live in Austin

This December, don’t miss legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli when he performs at the Frank Erwin Center as part of only 8 concert dates on his U.S. tour. KLRU is in the midst of a fundraising drive and we have a one-of-a-kind opportunity for our viewers to attend this exclusive performance on December 8th at 7:30pm.

Donate $500 today for a pair of upper level tickets. Donate $650 today for a pair of lower level P2 tickets. Or donate $1,000 today to receive a pair of lower level P1 tickets to the show.

Want to make it a true night on the town? Be one of five people who donate $1,500 today for a gift certificate for “dinner for two” at The Capital Grille and a pair of lower level P1 tickets to the performance – some of the best seats in the house!

These are special seats reserved just for KLRU donors! Tickets are limited so don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see Andrea Bocelli onstage with conductor Eugene Kohn, guest artist Katharine McPhee and soprano Ana Maria Martinez.

Your choice is clear with KLRU

Matt Winkler,  KLRU Board Member and Chairman & Founder of Asuragen, shares why he’s committed to supporting KLRU through the $50,000 Board Challenge Match. 

Here’s a question: where does a curious mind go for stimulation? With your TV remote in hand, there is so much out there competing for our attention, including KLRU. Why choose public television when there’s so much else? 

I believe viewers like you and I choose KLRU because it gives us a window to more—more choice, higher value and true discovery. I choose KLRU because I depend on its diverse and interesting content which is available nowhere else. Few have the freedom to travel the globe, but with KLRU we can all explore the world, be entertained with phenomenal international hits and dig into ground-breaking discoveries, all from home.

KLRU gives me the choice to support and enjoy a channel that is driven by community, not commercial interests. Perhaps KLRU has given you the choice to sit down with your child in front of programming you know is safe and educational. Or maybe KLRU has given you the choice to watch locally sourced and produced shows that highlight the diversity and beauty of our Central Texas home. For me the choice is clear. 

During this month’s fundraising drive I’m committed to supporting to KLRU, and I encourage you to join me. As a member of the Board of Directors, I’m pleased to participate in the $50,000 Board Challenge Match, so when you give a gift of any amount to KLRU, your donation, and its impact, will automatically be doubled.

Will you help our Central Texas community preserve our only public television station so we ALWAYS have this wonderful choice? Please make your gift of support now. 

Sincerely,

Matt Winkler
KLRU Board Member
Chairman and Founder, Asuragen

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Tickets + Meet & Greet!

The iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is coming to One World Theater and we have 2 pairs of tickets to give away, along with an exclusive Meet and Greet!

KLRU is so excited to share this wonderful opportunity to see the band that had such a huge hand in shaping the folk, country and rock movements of the 60s! Their music has been inspiring fans and musicians alike for over 50 years and they’re still going strong.

During this August Pledge Drive we’re airing Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years and Circlin’ Back where this influential band is joined by special guests Vince Gill, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Ibbotson, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Byron House.

This music has been fundamental for multiple generations. Help us to continue bringing celebrated art to your screen and the KLRU community by donating now. Make your contribution below to enter or engage with your community-supported PBS station the following ways to for a chance to meet Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and see them in concert October 20, 2016.

Here is how it works:
Post a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram showing an album that has had a meaningful impact in your life.

Note: On Facebook, be sure to tag KLRU-TV, Austin PBS in the post (Please note: Your Facebook settings for this post must be set to “Public” so that we can see it and enter you in the giveaway). On Twitter & Instagram, be sure to tag @klru and use #yourklru.

We’ll contact the winner on September 6th!

All Aboard! Win a Family 4-pack of Tickets for Day Out with Thomas!

Engage with KLRU for your chance to win a Family 4-pack of tickets to Day Out with Thomas this Fall! 

Based on the books by Reverend W. Awdry, the classic animated series of Thomas & Friends has entertained and sparked the imagination of children for generations. The adventures of Thomas and his friends, James, Percy, Emily, Henry, Gordon, and Sir Topham Hat, on the Island of Sodor demonstrate the values of cooperation, friendship, manners, and hard work.

What you could win: Day Out with Thomas gives a family of 4 the opportunity to ride a real train pulled by their favorite engine, Thomas! Kids can also meet Sir Topham Hat and enjoy live music, storytelling, a rock climbing wall, crafts and temporary tattoos. As an added bonus, a 54 piece Thomas Wooden Railway set is included for hours of imagination and memories of your special Day Out with Thomas.

How to enter: Post a photo across Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of you and/or your kids watching Thomas & Friends or playing with their favorite Thomas & Friends toy, costume or book. Tell us WHO their favorite character is from the show. Posting on all 3 social media platforms enters you in the drawing 3 times!

Note: On Facebook, be sure to tag KLRU-TV, Austin PBS in the post (Please note: Your Facebook settings for this post must be set to “Public” so that we can see it and enter you in the giveaway). On Twitter & Instagram, be sure to tag @klru and use #yourklru. And on email, be sure to Cc membership@klru.org.

Winner will be notified on September 6th!