You Amplify KLRU!

Our goal is 100 Scheduled Donations—make your Amplify gift before March

Amplify Austin is ONE WEEK away! Can we count on you to invest in our community?

KLRU’s goal is to receive 100 scheduled donations before March 1—so far, we have only 25. You can help us get the 75 more we need! If we reach the most scheduled gifts before March 1, your only community-supported public television station will be awarded a $5,000 booster prize! Schedule your donation today and kick-start our progress toward our $60,000 Amplify goal!

Your support allows KLRU to bring vital educational content and community services to Central Texas. Here is a snapshot of what your dollars do everyday:

$50 – 1 hour of PBS Kids programming, like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Odd Squad

$150 – 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up screening in libraries and other community spots

$250 – ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming, like PBS Newshour and Frontline

$500 – 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a local summer STEM program

$1,000 – 1 hour of arts and cultural programming, like Masterpiece and Great Performances

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You have just 24 hours—from 6 p.m. March 1 to 6 p.m. March 2—to make a difference in the lives of all Central Texans. Your gift ensures that KLRU can continue to bring quality educational programming to all of your family, friends and neighbors.

KLRU & BGCAA: Ruff Ruffman Sensational Science Camp

KLRU and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area joined forces to offer a fun 4-day Ruff Ruffman Sensational Science Camp for 10 kids ages 5-8 at Meadowbrook Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) club. The children learned about science through hands-on projects, digital games, and videos that revolve around one of our favorite PBS KIDS characters, Ruff Ruffman. The kids learned to think like scientists as they engaged in the engineering design process which focuses on identifying real-world problems and designing solutions.

It’s great to be able to listen to the children’s perspective on their camp experience. Brittany Gant, the Boys & Girls Clubs STEM Coordinator, came up with the idea of having the kids vlog.  She wanted them to be comfortable when talking about what they learned. Brittany explains that she “allowed club members to be in their element, technology based social media, and integrate it with what they were learning at the Ruff Ruffman camp so that they could connect it to their lives in a meaningful way.”

We asked three 8 year old girls about their science camp experience. Meet Karlee, Ferrah, and Brooklyn! Watch the video above to hear them talking about the camp!

Both Ferrah and Brooklyn mentioned that the camp reinforced their strong work ethic and helped them learn the value of persistence, two important life skills that will serve them into adulthood. Ferrah later shared with KLRU that she learned to plan before creating something new.  Karlee valued the opportunity to work in small groups to collaborate and problem-solve as a team.

In a moment of self-awareness, Ferrah acknowledged her inquisitive nature and her ability to use her imagination to be innovative.  Brooklyn revealed her aptitude for resolving investigations.

The camp revolves around the PBS KIDS character, Ruff Ruffman, and as Ferrah excitedly shared, “he is a great scientist!” Brooklyn points out that he is very knowledgeable. It’s wonderful that these kids now have a role model. Perhaps they will be inspired to follow in his footsteps and become scientists themselves!

As the KLRU Project Director for Ready to Learn, I was present at the camp and was particularly impressed by Ferrah. I asked Lauren Jarvis, the Club Director, to tell me more about her.  Lauren shared that Ferrah “really likes doing new things” and “likes everything science and technology.” Even though she is only 8 years old, Ferrah participates in Google’s CS First, a computer science program designed for 9 to 14 year old children.  Lauren has observed that she completes the lessons and understands the material and the processes being used. Ferrah also participates in Hour of Code alongside her friends, Karlee and Brooklyn. Ferrah is also very creative and artistic. Lauren thinks that “she is very special and has a bright future ahead of her.”  Here at KLRU, we couldn’t agree more! It is our hope to continue to support children like Ferrah to be successful in school and life.

The Ruff Ruffman Sensational Science Camp is part of the Ready to Learn (RTL) initiative funded by the Department of Education and administered by the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and PBS.  Our Community Collaborative for Early Learning and Media (CC-ELM) project brings RTL science and literacy content to children ages 2 to 8 from low-income households.  KLRU partners with local community organizations to host camps and workshops at their sites. Our partners are Thinkery, Communities In Schools of Central Texas, and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area.

Please visit the PBS Learning Media Ready to Learn portal to learn more about this initiative and to access resources for families and educators.

Become KLRU’s Sustaining Member Valentine

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What do you ❤️ about KLRU? Is it the balanced news coverage? The safe, educational content on PBS KIDS? Maybe you just really love Victoria on Masterpiece? Consider the value of public television in your life, and become a Sustaining Member this Valentine’s Day!

Your gift ensures the KLRU programming you rely on stays on the air. Choose whatever amount works for you.

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Did you know your dollars have the most impact as a monthly gift? The reliable revenue stream from an ongoing donation allows KLRU to plan into the future for big projects and programming initiatives. Plus your membership is always current, saving KLRU from costly renewal fees.

The partnership you enter into as a KLRU Sustaining member supports the vast array of content we broadcast and so much more! Local screenings, educational workshops for low-income families and community-wide forums are all made possible because of YOU.

Thank you for sharing the love today!

P.S. There are Sustaining Member Perks!
• ALL KLRU Sustaining Members are granted anytime access to KLRU Passport, filled with a library of past and current series to enjoy on your computer, smartphone or tablet.
• ALL KLRU Sustaining Members get early access to every Overheard with Evan Smith taping in Studio 6A with an RSVP!

Won’t You Be Daniel Tiger’s Valentine?

There are just 10 days left to get your Special Valentines tickets to Daniel Tiger!

❤️ Don’t miss Daniel Tiger and all his neighborhood friends live! This engaging musical delights little kids and grown-ups alike with its vibrant production and important lessons about being a good friend. Give your family a Valentine’s present to remember with this exclusive offer from KLRU! ❤️

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Donate $200 and we’ll thank you with a family 4-pack of tickets to this magical adventure at Bass Concert Hall February 24 at 5:30 p.m. 

These are exclusive seats reserved just for KLRU donors and tickets are limited!

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And the live tour could not be better timed as 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the show that inspired the creation of Daniel Tiger in the first place: Mr Roger’s Neighborhood.

Surprise your family with make-believe and grr-ific fun this Valentine’s Day! ❤️ Click on the orange donate button to give today and celebrate with us on February 24! Donate by February 21—tickets must be picked up at the KLRU offices

Get ready! KLRU is getting Amplified!

Are you ready for Amplify Austin?

This inspirational celebration brings 700+ local non-profits together to raise serious money in just one day! Last year Amplify raised well over $9 million, and this year is gearing up to be even bigger.

Help KLRU jumpstart our fundraising right now by scheduling your donation today. You could help us win the $5,000 booster prize for the most scheduled donations before March 1!

KLRU’s goal is to raise $60,000! We have just 24 hours — March 1 at 6 p.m. through March 2 at 6 p.m. — to make it happen. We can only do this with YOUR support!

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Your contribution ensures that KLRU can bring the world to your neighborhood. Long-form journalism, exciting entertainment, local cultural events and area youth workshops are all a part of what KLRU brings to Central Texas because YOU believe in community-supported public television.

Make a Resolution You Can Keep

We’re officially in the 4-day countdown to 2018! This is a wonderful time of year when we reflect on what matters and gather with those who bring us joy. If KLRU brings YOU joy, NOW is the time to share your support. KLRU needs to raise $50,000 by December 31, and we absolutely cannot do it without YOU.

For an early New Year’s goal, make a resolution you can keep and become a KLRU Sustaining Member. You can be proud knowing your monthly donation does the most good, providing a revenue source that lets KLRU make long-term decisions for programming and community outreach. And if you give before January 1, your gift qualifies for a 2017 tax deduction!


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When you give to KLRU, you are not only supporting quality television, from Call the Midwife to NewsHour to Austin City Limits to Daniel Tiger’s NeighborhoodYOU are bringing joy to Central Texas households who rely on our trusted, inspiring, non-commercial content. Your Sustaining Gift protects local public media now and into the future.

P.S. Anyone who becomes a Sustainer at ANY amount or increases their monthly gift by December 31 gets a KLRU Fan Kit, with KLRU decals, a koozie and more!


And don’t miss the last few days to grab the new KLRU baseball tee when you become a Sustaining Member at $10/month or make a one time gift of $120.

Grow Your Gift With a Match from Your Employer

‘Tis the season to get your year-end charitable giving in order. One fantastic way to DOUBLE your impact for KLRU is to contribute via your company’s matching gift program.

There are hundreds of Central Texas employers who will match your 2017 gifts to KLRU. Check here to see if your company is on the list.

Your generosity will help KLRU make up the $50,000 we need to raise by December 31. Any dollars you give with an employer match will help us get there in the three weeks we have left. This is the time when you can stand up for public television as we prepare for 2018.

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Thank you for dedication to public television and happy holidays!

P.S. Now through the end of the year, anyone who becomes a Sustainer at ANY amount or increases their monthly gift this month will receive our KLRU Fan Kit, with KLRU decals, a koozie and more! You can also grab the new KLRU baseball tee when you become a Sustaining Member at $10/month or make a one time gift of $120.

Make Your Year End Gift Today!

KLRU has already wrapped up our winter drive! We cut 10 days from our drive—in exchange for less on-air fundraising, KLRU relies on year-end gifts to make up the difference and head into the new year strong and ready to go!

Fewer on-air interruptions = ✔️
Amount KLRU still needs to raise by December 31 = $50,000

Year end is an ideal time to make final financial contributions and set new goals for next year’s giving. And that’s why KLRU wants to encourage you to become a Sustaining Member this month. Sustaining members make the most impact simply because monthly donations allow KLRU to plan ahead, knowing we have a steady revenue stream.

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Already a KLRU Sustainer? Consider increasing your monthly gift. Remember that your generous support is the backbone of this public television station. We would not exist with you.

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The resources we extend into the community come from your donation power. Your gift of any amount allows KLRU to give back, reach out and create a space for thoughtful discussion. Central Texas is merry and bright this season because of viewers like you!

P.S. Anyone who becomes a Sustainer at ANY amount or increases their monthly gift this month will receive our KLRU Fan Kit, with KLRU decals, a koozie and more!

You can also grab the new KLRU baseball tee when you become a Sustaining Member at $10/month or make a one time gift of $120.

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And it’s LAST CHANCE for our winter drive thank you gifts. Donate now and receive your choice of thank you item—there are over 130 to choose from, including our popular KLRU Beatles tote, music from The Moody BluesRick Steves’ Europe and more!

Last minute thank you gifts and tickets are still available!

We’ve cut a whole week off our winter fund drive—which means it’s already winding down! There are less than two days left, but we need to raise $50,000 to meet our goal! There’s still time to help us get there!

Donate now—don’t miss your chance to experience some of your favorite PBS shows in person, all while supporting KLRU! We have some fabulous live events, from rock ‘n’ roll to family fun! Make a gift now and we’ll thank you with your choice of tickets to:

• See Broadway in Austin on the opening night of The King & I on December 12th
• Experience the Moody Blues at their special live 50th Anniversary Tour on January 21st
• Creature Power! The Kratt Brothers return to Austin for Wild Kratts Live on January 28th
• Hear Michael Pollan tell his story One Writer’s Trip – From the Garden to the Plate and the Beyond on February 2nd
• Rock out with guitar legend Joe Bonamassa on May 25th (meet and greet package available!)

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Giving the gift of KLRU is so much more than an ordinary present. Your gift brings PBS favorites to Central Texas screens, creates new and original programs and supports children, parents and teachers with educational media. Your support will truly ensure that your KLRU community has a holiday season that is merry and bright!