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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Give through programming pages for a chance to win!

During #YourKLRU’s online fund drive we’re keeping interruptions off the air. That means we need your help to raise $100,000 in just 5 days—June 5th-9th—so that KLRU can continue dialing down pledge breaks while remaining a vital part of the Central Texas Community.  

And of course, we have some fabulous prizes!

What’s #YourKLRU?
Show us by donating to the page that matters most to you! Give support for the programming you most value while also vying for some great giveaways through our KLRU pages. Anyone who gives to one or more of our local productions or PBS programs pages is automatically entered to win. Check out the different giveaways by clicking on the logos below.

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What does #YourKLRU 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 first time donor Jeni Williams.

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. The current political climate has been the perfect encouragement to do so. 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.”

Stories like Jeni’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 asking for your help to raise $100,000 in just five days during our online fund drive. 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. We’re giving you back 902 minutes of uninterrupted high-quality educational programming – that’s over 15 hours of your favorite shows! 

Schedule your donation today or save the date to give 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.

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

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.

Win this shirt and show off your PBS nerd pride!

Turn heads in this fabulous green PBS Nerd Shirt. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

It’s the last day of KLRU’s 2017 March Fund Drive, but there’s still time for one more giveaway! Wear the PBS Nerd shirt and let everyone know that you support public television… and support wearing cool shirts.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win.

Have you ever noticed the profile “P-Head” in the PBS logo?  We tried to recreate it in our KLRU offices, and now we want you to try!

To enter, just send us your best “P-Head” PBS Logo profile picture. It’s fun!

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified by March 24.

#TBT – Win this Retro PBS Logo Tote Bag

It’s almost the 50th anniversary of PBS and KLRU is celebrating with a Throwback Thursday giveaway!

PBS is dusting off some of its classic television moments to commemorate nearly 50 years on the air. Take a look at some of the featured old school episodes here.

And what better way to show off your enduring love for PBS than by rocking our retro cotton canvas bag?

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU and this hip and helpful tote could be yours. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Comment with your favorite classic PBS show and you’ll be entered.

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

Turn trash into art: Win this origami tutorial book!

Recycling just got a lot more fun! 

KLRU airs NOVA: The Origami Revolution tonight at 8:30 p.m. The University of Texas Origami Club will even drop in to show off some of their creative folding.

If you’re feeling inspired to try your hand at some origami, you’ll love our book and DVD guide giveaway, Trash Origami: 25 Paper-folding Projects Reusing Everyday Materials. Learn how to fold up your old paper into something beautiful while honing your origami skills.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win! 

To enter, simply comment with your favorite current show on any one of KLRU’s 4 channels. We want to know what you love!

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

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?

Win this Prickly Pear Tea Towel!

Who is Cactus Jack and how did he get such an odd nickname?

John Nance Garner IV, or “Cactus Jack” as he was known, was a Texas politician, a presidential contender in 1932 and our 32nd Vice President under FDR. While Garner was in the Texas House of Representatives, the legislature worked to choose a state flower, and he lobbied hard for the prickly pear cactus. Of course, it was the bluebonnet that won out, but hence was born his nickname Cactus Jack.

To commemorate Texas and the prickly pear cactus that Garner so loved, we’re giving away this adorable tea towel. This item is locally made by Austin artist Carolyn Kimball and provides the perfect pop of whimsy for any kitchen.

Tune into KLRU for Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill at 7 p.m. to learn more about this fascinating man. 

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win
the Prickly Pear Tea Towel. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Comment with your choice for Texas state flower and you’ll be entered. Had you been able to cast a vote in 1901, what would you have picked?
1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.