BFOA 2018

The Broadcasters Foundation of America is asking for donations for its Giving Campaign, an annual fundraising drive to help broadcasters and their families in need.

Personal donations to the Guardian Fund and corporate donations to the Angel Initiative are tax deductible and help fund grants that assist broadcasters “whose lives have been upended by tragic illness, accident, or catastrophe,” according to a press release from the foundation.

More broadcasters need a helping hand this year than ever before as the coronavirus pandemic decimates businesses and shifts the American economy in ways not yet completely realized.

“Our only goal at the Broadcasters Foundation is to provide aid to those in our industry who need it most,” Scott Herman, the chairman of BFOA, said in a statement.

“Our grant recipients are hard-working broadcasters from across the country, who have been hit by challenging, often life-altering circumstances,” Herman said. “Together, we can help them get through the toughest times.”

The charity said it is seeing an increase in requests for monthly or emergency relief and plans to award more than $1.7 million dollars in monthly and one-time emergency grants in 2020, but it needs help in raising money for the campaign.

“We have seen requests for assistance escalate at a significant rate over the past several years,” said BFOA President Jim Thompson.

In the past 20 years, the non-profit said it has given away more than $13 million dollars to broadcasters in need.

But in just the past four years, BFOA’s monthly grants have increased 79%, and since 2017 it has awarded more than 500 emergency grants.

In 2000, BFOA raised $61,000 in grant money and by 2007 that number increased to $401,975. Every year it has steadily increased its grant funds for families in need, giving away $1,059,350 in 2017 and $1,344,700 in 2019. It’s projecting an increase of $363,000 for this year and is expecting to award more than $1.7 million.

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