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Membership Levels

Sustaining Membership

Vehicle Donation

Planned Giving

Matching Gifts

Donor Privacy


It's About Choices

Thank you for choosing to support Rhode Island PBS, your local public television stage for local voices and stories. We offer you different ways of giving and different levels of membership, each with benefits. Choose the level of giving that's best for you.

If you have any questions or need more information to help you decide, please call us (401-222-3636, extension 209) or email us and we'll be happy to assist.


Your gift in any amount is welcome and appreciated, and your generosity earns benefits, rewards, and recognition at various levels.

Monthly eNewsletter
All donors are eligible to receive our eNewsletter each month by email. It showcases notable upcoming programs and new series, and events of interest to our viewers. Feature stories emphasize local shows and people, and articles link to photos and video clips. Past issues have included contests, ticket giveaways, favorite recipes, and photo sharing. It's a great way to stay connected to what's happening on and off the air at the station, and for you to share your thoughts and comments with us.

This benefit is brimming with savings and sociability and is yours with a gift of $75 or more. The most popular feature of the MemberCard is two entrées for the price of one at participating restaurants throughout the Rhode Island PBS viewing area, and 2-for-1 discounts at other local businesses and cultural attractions. Plus, benefit from discounts and deals at 12,000 additional locations nationwide and in Canada. The Rhode Island PBS MemberCard also earns members-only rewards for shopping at more than a thousand national online merchants, such as Best Buy, Target, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kohl’s, and so many more. Members receive a MemberCard with a directory of participating restaurants and merchants, full instructions for using the MemberCard, and customer service information.

Personal Tour of the Station
Your behind-the-camera tour of the station's two studios and production facilities reveals what it takes to make a television show, as well as cast new light on familiar words like "library" and "tape." Kindly call ahead to make an appointment so we can dedicate our full attention to making yours a memorable tour.

Invitations to Rhode Island PBS events
The station's social calendar includes signature annual events as well as novel one-time activities each year. This benefit includes VIP, advance, or exclusive notice and invitation to special public or private station functions, including members-only receptions, events or other activities, celebrity meet and greets, and complimentary or discount tickets to performing arts, sports, and community events.

Rhode Island PBS Gift Membership
A printed gift card announces your generous and thoughtful gift to a friend or relative of your choice. Gift membership is active for one year and includes the Rhode Island PBS MemberCard (gift of $75 or more) and the monthly eNewsletter.



Susan L. Farmer Circle - $1,000 or more
Named for the former president and CEO who devoted 17 years to Rhode Island PBS, this membership level includes:
  • Two Rhode Island PBS gift memberships
  • Invitations to Rhode Island PBS events
  • Personal tour of the Rhode Island PBS studios
  • MemberCard
  • Monthly eNewsletter
John O. Pastore Society - $500 to $999
In honor of the late U.S. Senator from Rhode Island known as the "Father of Public Broadcasting," this membership level includes:
  • One Rhode Island PBS gift membership
  • Invitations to Rhode Island PBS events
  • Personal tour of the Rhode Island PBS studios
  • MemberCard
  • Monthly eNewsletter
Studio Club - $260 to $499
Contributors at this level receive:
  • Personal tour of the Rhode Island PBS studios
  • MemberCard
  • Monthly eNewsletter
Membership Plus - $75 or more
Donors at this level receive:
  • MemberCard
  • Monthly eNewsletter
Brit Club - $75 or more
Great for enthusiastic fans of British comedy and drama on Rhode Island PBS, this specialty membership includes:
  • voting rights to add or renew British comedy and drama series in our schedule
  • the monthly Brit Club eNewsletter with backstage updates about British comedy and drama
  • Rhode Island PBS MemberCard
Kids Club - $20*
This membership level is designed to offer families a whole new world of engaging experiences and activities. Parents teach their children the value of supporting the public television, while enjoying fun and unique ways to actively connect to Rhode Island PBS. RI PBS Kids Club Membership includes:
  • A special Welcome Kit sent to the child in the mail (we know how much kids love getting mail!) that has a Member Medallion (this is the child’s “member card” and it’s good for free or discount admission at participating recreational and cultural sites for kids), coloring pages, activity sheets, stickers; crayons; bookmark, poster; discount coupons and information from our RI PBS Kids Club partners
  • Birthday Card in the mail and online Birthday announcement on ripbs.org/kids
  • Free admission to special RI PBS Kids Club members-only events
  • Free or discount tickets to other special events and family activities throughout the year

*Each additional sibling at the same address is $10 each. SIbling members receive a Welcome gift box as well.


Sustaining Membership

As a sustaining member, your membership automatically renews each year. This maximizes the value of your contribution by reducing the number of renewal reminders we send to you. There is no better way to support Rhode Island PBS!

You can be a sustaining member for as little as $5 a month. Pledges of $6.25 a month qualify for the MemberCard.

Sustainer benefits Include:

  • Convenience - no checks to write or payments to remember
  • Membership is always current
  • Receive a tax receipt every January
  • Receive a Rhode Island PBS Sustainer MemberCard, plus a Sustainer Welcome Kit
  • Exclusive list of green benefits

Please click here to get started. If you prefer, you may print out the sustaining member form, complete it, and mail it to Rhode Island PBS Membership, 50 Park Lane, Providence, RI 02907

If you have questions or need more information please call us 401-222-3636 x 209


Vehicle Donation

Thinking about selling your car, boat, truck, van, motorcycle, or other vehicle? Donate it to Rhode Island PBS instead!

By taking part in our Vehicle Donation Program, you support the programs you love on Rhode Island PBS, plus receive a tax deduction when you itemize your tax return.

Visit the Vehicle Donation page for more information.


Planned Giving

In addition to giving cash and securities to support Rhode Island PBS today, a growing number of supporters are choosing to make a planned gift that ensures the future of Rhode Island PBS.

There are many ways to give a planned gift, and many reasons for giving. Some of our donors want to provide support for a particular genre of programming — science, the arts, history, or children's, for example. Others believe that Rhode Island PBS should have the flexibility to develop projects in response to emerging opportunities. All gifts support the ongoing mission of Rhode Island PBS to produce and present educational content that serves the public.

We recommend that you consult an attorney, financial advisor, or estate planning expert when considering your planned gift to Rhode Island PBS, and in preparing your will or trust. Rhode Island PBS does not provide legal or tax advice.

Our Planned Giving staff is available to work with your professional advisors to explore your best options for giving. For more information about how planned giving and legacy opportunities can work for you, your family, and your community, please contact Development and External Affairs at 401-222-3636.


Stock Contribution

If you would like to make a stock donation, please provide your broker or agent with the following information:

Deliver Stock To: Wells Fargo Advisors
DTC Number: 0141
Account Name: Rhode Island PBS Foundation/RI Public Television
Account Number: 70462481
Contact: William Wall

We also request that you notify our Membership department of your donation.


Matching Gifts

Companies across Southern New England are matching donations made by their employees to Rhode Island PBS. Please check with your company's personnel office to see if that option is available. If so, please obtain a "matching gifts" form and include it when you mail your check to us.


Rhode Island PBS Policy Regarding Donor Lists

WSBE Rhode Island PBS has not, does not, and will not rent, share, sell, or exchange its list of donors with any other organization for any purpose, unless to fulfill a transaction authorized by the donor(s).

WSBE Rhode Island PBS will not purchase lists for member acquisition mailings from any federal, state, or local political party, candidate, or partisan political committee.

Updated September 6, 2013

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