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Endowment Opportunities

Your generous gift of $25,000 or more will enable you to endow the following initiatives:

CHILDREN'S EDUCATION INITIATIVE

For children, we are the storyteller and the teacher. We are a trusted education partner to parents and teachers. We provide over ten hours each weekday of PBS KIDS programs, year-round Kids Club activities, and community outreach Ready to Learn literacy workshops, with the goal of promoting the healthy physical and social development of children.

Supporting the Children's Education Fund provides ongoing support for our children's initiative. In addition to providing broad support, we offer specific naming opportunities that can be established to address your particular area of interest. Some of the specific naming opportunities include:

National Television Program Acquisition Fund

Public television has been the most trusted institution in America for 8 years in a row, according to annual surveys by the GfK Roper Public Affairs Media Poll; and most recently by the Hart Research and American Viewpoint polling firms. Children's programs like Word World, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, and Barney & Friends have demonstrated their significant impact on children's literacy development and school readiness. Earning from this fund shall be used to support local children's program productions at DPTV with preference given to those programs with the potential for national distribution.

Local Television Production Fund

DPTV also produces original children's programming for our public television station as well as nationwide PBS stations. DPTV's innovative series and original local productions include: award-winning ThinkSquad, You Be the Chemist and Get Up! Get Out! Earnings shall be used primarily, but not necessarily exclusively to support the production of local children's programming at DPTV.

Web-Based Programs Fund

The internet has become a vital media platform. We will continue to enhance our web-based children's programming to further engage and educate our youngest viewers. Programming examples at dptvkids.org includes KidsClub, Fitness Alarms, Architreks, Job Shadow and Healthy Habits, and the related information at pbsparents.org. Earnings shall be used primarily, but not necessarily exclusively to support web-based children's programming.

Community Outreach and Activities Fund

In collaboration with a variety of partners, DPTV participates in and hosts events to connect our youngest viewers and their families with their community. Examples include: Vote Democracy Project, ThinkSquad You Be the Chemist competition, DPTV's Kids Club Live, PBS Kids Go! Writer's Contest, DPTV Kids Club Annual Fall Festival, Sesame Street Live and DPTV's Kids Club Back to School event. Earnings shall be used primarily, but not necessarily exclusively to support local community outreach designed for families.

ARTS AND CULTURE INITIATIVE

We celebrate and showcase the vibrant arts and culture of our region. Through our Arts and Culture initiative, we connect artists, performers and organizations with greater audiences, engage the public to attend local concerts, exhibits and events, celebrate performance, emphasize the value of arts education, provide educational opportunities for young people; and contribute to the economic vitality of our region.

Supporting the Arts and Culture Fund will ensure that Detroit Public TV will continually provide educational, inspirational and entertaining programming and outreach activities. In addition to providing broad support, we offer specific naming opportunities that can be established to address your particular area of interest. Some of the specific naming opportunities include:


National Television Program Acquisition Fund

We provide the best of PBS programming on three distinct channels - WTVS primary channel 56.1, WTVS 56.2, and WTVS 56.3 - Create. Program favorites include: Masterpiece, Great Performances, This Old House, American Masters, Antiques Roadshow, and PBS NewsHour. Earning from this fund shall be used to support local productions at DPTV with preference given to those programs with the potential for national distribution.


Local Television Production Fund

DPTV produces original local programs for national and international audiences that focus on showcasing the spirit and vibrancy of our community. Programs include: In The Frame: Exploring the DIA, Making Music with the DSO, the Annual Sphinx Finals Concerts, Tim Janis: Celebrate America, Detroit Remember When: The Jewish Community, and Arab American Stories. Earnings shall be used primarily, but not necessarily exclusively to support the production of local programs at DPTV.

Web-Based Programs Fund

The internet has become a vital media platform that further connects us to our viewers, our community and the world. Support for this fund enables us to develop projects like web-streaming of concerts, such as the DSO Returns and DSO Spring Concerts online. Earnings shall be used primarily, but not necessarily exclusively to support web-based programming.


Community Outreach and Activities Fund

In collaboration with a variety of partners, DPTV participates in and hosts arts and cultural activities which engage the public to attend, and develop audiences develop an appreciation of the arts, and connect our viewers with their cultural community. Examples include: Freedom Riders' 50th Anniversary, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, teens' Flip Clips at the Marwil Jewish Film Festival, Community Cinema - Independent Lens Series and Prayer in America. Earnings shall be used primarily, but not necessarily exclusively to support local community outreach programs.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE

Detroit Public TV has a strong commitment to bring together leaders and visionaries to address key local issues affecting the quality of life in Southeast Michigan. We explore and highlight the growing partnerships in Michigan between the public, private and philanthropic sectors.

Supporting the Leadership Fund will ensure that Detroit Public TV will continually provide educational and inspirational programming and outreach activities. In addition to providing broad support, we offer specific naming opportunities that can be established to address your particular area of interest. Some of the specific naming opportunities include:

National Television Program Acquisition Fund

Public television has been the most trusted institution in America for 8 years in a row, according to annual surveys by the GfK Roper Public Affairs Media Poll; and most recently by the Hart Research and American Viewpoint polling firms. We are cited for providing non-commercial and balanced public affairs programming like PBS NewsHour, Frontline, Charlie Rose, The Tavis Smiley Show and Washington Week. Earning from this fund shall be used to support local productions at DPTV with preference given to those programs with the potential for national distribution.

Local Television Production Fund

DPTV also produces original programs for local, national and international audiences that focus on leadership, community engagement and involvement. Program favorites include: Am I Right?, American Black Journal, Leaders on Leadership, and specials like Great Debates for governor, legislators, and issues of the day. Earnings shall be used primarily, but not necessarily exclusively to support the production of local programs at DPTV.


Web-Based Programs Fund

The internet has become a vital media platform of the station allowing us to develop a groundbreaking voter education initiative - MiVote.org. Other web-based programming like facingthemortgagecrisis.org and webinars which promote entrepreneurships and leadership are designed to connect leaders and citizens, and help drive change in Michigan. Earnings shall be used primarily, but not necessarily exclusively to support web-based programming.


Community Outreach and Activities Fund

In collaboration with a variety of partners, DPTV participates in and hosts events to connect our viewers with the community, state and national leaders. Examples include: MiVote Road Show, Lincoln Bicentennial Town Hall Meeting, Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City, Dr. Judith Rodin Reinventing American Cities Event, the Mortgage Crisis Town Hall Meeting and Foster Children. Earnings shall be used primarily, but not necessarily exclusively to support local community outreach programs.

ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY INITIATIVE

Michigan's reputation for its manufacturing infrastructure and its water wonderland pointed DPTV toward our Energy and Environment Initiative. Programming that sparks the imagination - focusing on global warming and climate change, fresh water conservation, protection of natural habitats, power and energy sources, vehicular energy needs, and land use issues.

Supporting the Leadership Fund will ensure that Detroit Public TV will continually provide educational, entertaining and inspirational programming and outreach activities. In addition to providing broad support, we offer specific naming opportunities that can be established to address your particular area of interest. Some of the specific naming opportunities include:

National Television Program Acquisition Fund

Public television has been the most trusted institution in America for 8 years in a row, according to annual surveys by the GfK Roper Public Affairs Media Poll; and most recently by the Hart Research and American Viewpoint polling firms. Program favorites include: Nova, Nature, Blueprint America, and Frontline. Earning from this fund shall be used to support local productions at DPTV with preference given to those programs with the potential for national distribution.


Local Television Production Fund

DPTV also produces original local programs for local, national and international audiences that focus on the sciences. Programs include: Beyond the Light Switch, Freshwater Seas: The Great Lakes, and Sustainable Detroit. Earnings shall be used primarily, but not necessarily exclusively to support the production of local programs at DPTV.


Web-Based Programs Fund

The internet has become a vital media platform of the station BeyondTheLightSwitch.com has developed into a robust website of issues surrounding the future of electricity. DPTV in collaboration with the University of Michigan-Dearborn, launched MiEarth, an interactive video project designed to identify great environmental work in Michigan, educate people about what they can do, and inspire them to take action. Earnings shall be used primarily, but not necessarily exclusively to support web-based programming.

Community Outreach and Activities Fund

In collaboration with a variety of partners, DPTV participates in and hosts events to connect our viewers with their scientific community. Examples include: ThinkSquad, You Be the Chemist competition, and events in association with Cranbrook Institute of Science and the Detroit Science Center. Earnings shall be used primarily, but not necessarily exclusively to support local community outreach programs.

COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION INITIATIVE

Detroit Public TV continually strives to help educate the residents of our community in the various ways in which they may improve their health and quality of life.

Supporting the Community Health Education Fund will ensure that Detroit Public TV will continually provide educational, entertaining and inspirational programming and outreach activities. In addition to providing broad support, we offer specific naming opportunities that can be established to address your particular area of interest. Some of the specific naming opportunities include:

National Television Program Acquisition Fund

Public television has been the most trusted institution in America for 8 years in a row, according to annual surveys by the GfK Roper Public Affairs Media Poll; and most recently by the Hart Research and American Viewpoint polling firms. We help people improve their lives with programs like Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Priscilla's Yoga Stretches, Brain Fitness and Wider World with stories of Michiganders triumphing over disabilities. Earning from this fund shall be used to support local productions at DPTV with preference given to those programs with the potential for national distribution.


Local Television Production Fund

DPTV also produces original programs for local, national and international audiences that focus on health and wellness. Program favorites include: Tackling Diabetes with Dr. Neal Barnard, Firming After 50, YOU: Inner and Outer Beauty with Dr. Michael Roizen. Earnings shall be used primarily, but not necessarily exclusively to support the production of local programs at DPTV.


Web-Based Programs Fund

The internet has become a vital media platform. We will continue to enhance our web-based health and wellness programming to further engage and serve our community. Programming examples: Healthy Habits, KidsClub Fitness Alarm, and webcasts of Multiple Sclerosis: In The Crossfire three years in a row. Earnings shall be used primarily, but not necessarily exclusively to support web-based programming.

Community Outreach and Activities Fund

In collaboration with a variety of partners, DPTV participates in and hosts community health events that help our community become more aware of how to maintain health and well-being, such as the Diabetes Town Hall Meeting and participation in Children's Hospital's children's health fairs. Earnings shall be used primarily, but not necessarily exclusively to support local community outreach programs.

INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT INITIATIVE

The ongoing success of Detroit Public Television for more than half a century may be attributed to our dedicated staff and ability to position DPTV at the forefront of technology.

In addition to providing broad support, we offer specific naming opportunities that can be established to address your particular area of interest.

Building and Grounds Fund

The Building and Grounds Fund provides support to help maintain our facility, studios and the beautiful natural wetlands and grounds on which our station is located.


Technology Fund

Technology advances have radically changed the operation of a television station - of which the transition from analog to digital, and the growth of our online platforms have been most dramatic. This fund assists in the continued procurement of the latest equipment and software and other technology to improve and enhance the viewers' and users' experience and DPTV's operating efficiencies.


DPTV Website Fund

In today's fast-changing media environment, the internet has become a vital platform for our television station. We will continue to enhance our suite of websites, including: dptv.org, MiVote.org, MiEarth.org, BeyondtheLightSwitch.com, and others to provide a place for our viewers and supporters to connect and create media content, extending and enhancing the broadcast experience. Earnings shall be used primarily, but not necessarily exclusively to support and enhance DPTV's rapidly growing suite of websites.

Professional Development Fund

DPTV is its people. This fund will assist in funding positions and professional development of staff to insure the quality of Detroit Public Television offerings for generations to come.

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