To ensure The WNET Group’s long-term ability to provide our audiences with award-winning, multiplatform content that entertains, educates, and inspires, we have launched five pillar funds representing strategic areas of need and opportunity. The Funds will help WNET remain a nimble, innovative, and relevant public media organization for years to come.
WNET has structured these Funds not only to provide flexibility to our organization, but also to you, our donors, as a means of supporting our work across broad areas that align with your interests and passions.
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Arts and Culture
WNET can present great plays and performers on our full suite of stations because of the generosity of supporters like you. Through programs like American Masters, Great Performances, Live From Lincoln Center, NYC-ARTS, Reel13, Shakespeare Uncovered, Theater Close-Up, and Treasures of New York, The WNET Group brings the best in visual art, performance art, music, culture and more to the homes of millions of viewers each week. And our newest donor-supported channel and online platform, ALL ARTS, offers information about arts organizations, live streams from new artists, and diverse content that cannot be found anywhere else.
See how PBS sparked Sam and Allie’s dream to perform in the Nutcracker — and how they are making that dream a reality!
News & Public Affairs
WNET has been a pioneering force in news and public affairs since co-launching The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour nearly sixty years ago. From that day to this, your support has enabled us to serve viewers with in-depth reporting, serious dialogue, and diverse perspectives. At a time when newspapers are dying, commercial stations are consolidating, and the frenzied pace of cable news is increasing exponentially, your contributions have driven the serious stories that matter, creating more time for illuminating discussions of real issues. And as WNET grew into a tristate public media family – including THIRTEEN, WLIW, WLIW-FM and NJ Spotlight – your support has been instrumental in allowing us to address gaps in local journalism even as we continue to produce pillar programs in the national PBS line-up.
Hear viewers like you share how important THIRTEEN and its unbiased news programming is to them.
The Kid’s Media and Education team at WNET works to expand minds, ignite curiosity, and help children become confident and caring people. With your support, we create video and interactive projects for multiple platforms, infusing fun with a range of curriculum-based content for kids from preschool through high school. Our donor-funded projects exploring STEM, social/emotional development, language learning, history, global understanding, social justice, and the arts spark imagination, encourage critical thinking, and reflect diverse perspectives. In addition, through digital resources and training funded in part by our supporters, we engage parents and teachers as learning partners in empowering children for success in school and in life.
See how Francine, a community health educator and outreach worker, uses WNET’s free educational information and resources to make a difference for underserved children and families:
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Since its earliest days, WNET has produced and presented groundbreaking programming that celebrated diversity in its many forms. Decades later, your support funds broadcast and digital programs such as American Masters, MetroFocus, Chasing the Dream and First Person, which carry on this legacy and continue to tell the stories of our community’s rich diversity. In addition to producing a consistent, year-round pipeline of programming that reflects the everyday lived-in diversity of our audiences, your contributions are helping to strengthen our commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion by bringing new producers and production partners from various backgrounds to the table and expanding accessibility of our content to ensure that the broadest possible audience is able to engage with it.
See Harlem resident Regina explain how watching Freedom Riders inspired her and her 22-year-old daughter to explore their family history of activism:
With the help of supporters like you, the Digital Transformation Fund helps The WNET Group reimagine how to fulfill its mission in the digital age. Technology is constantly changing and our audiences’ behavior is changing with it. To meet our community where it’s at, we are expanding beyond broadcast and engaging new audiences with digital-first and digital-only series, podcasts, and more. This Fund is a catalyst for organizational innovation and efficacy, allowing The WNET Group to become a fully digital producer, distributor, and convener.
See how the children’s television show 3-2-1 Contact on PBS inspired Dr. Ainissa Ramirez to become a science evangelist:
“I want to see if the next generation of people will maintain these arts that I love so much. So we’ve decided to include our PBS station in our will.”
—Bruce and Paul, The WNET Group Supporters
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