With requests for aid increasing at what it calls “an alarming rate,” the Broadcasters Foundation of America kicks of its annual year-end appeal for donations Tuesday (Dec. 3). The 501(c)3 charity launches the annual campaign in conjunction with Giving Tuesday, a nationwide movement of charitable giving.
In making the plea for tax deductible donations, the organization has released new figures showing how the total amount of grants issued to broadcasters in need has grown at a steady clip during the past two decades. A record total of $1.34 million was distributed so far in 2019, up 6% from $1.26 million in 2018 and a 21% increase from $1.1 million in 2017. Monthly grants have jumped 75% since 2015, and more than 500 emergency grants have been awarded since 2017. Over the past 19 years, the foundation has distributed over $11 million to broadcasters in need.
The Broadcasters Foundation is the only organization dedicated exclusively to providing aid to broadcasters and their families whose lives have been upended by tragic illness, accident, or catastrophe.
As it tees up its year-end drive, BFoA is asking that tax-deductible personal donations be made to the Guardian Fund and corporate contributions to the Angel Initiative. Donations can be made by visiting www.broadcastersfoundation.org/donate.
“These funds make a huge difference in the lives of broadcasters and their families,” said former CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason, who chairs the organization. “Our grant recipients are hard-working broadcasters who have experienced unthinkable tragedy and desperately need and deserve our support.”
Since its inception, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to thousands of needy broadcasters and their families. But during the past several years, requests for assistance “have escalated at an alarming rate,” said Jim Thompson, President of the organization. “At this giving time of year, we ask every broadcaster to give thanks for their success and good fortune with a tax-deductible contribution that will help us continue our mission of providing aid to those in our business who need it most.”