When is the next Fund Drive?
Our 2013 Fund Drive will be held in mid-October. We try to keep the amount of on-air fundraising to a minimum. In fact, we only hold one campaign per year, while most NPR stations hold two or three.
Why does WFIU need to raise money?
WFIU is a public radio station licensed to Indiana University. While a broad base of support comes from Indiana University, area businesses and the government, individual members provide a critical source of funding every year. In fact, together, our members pay for our programming dues for National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media.
Does WFIU receive tax money, if so, why is it so important that I donate money to become a member?
WFIU does not directly receive money from your taxes. When public broadcasting began operations the federal government created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The CPB receives appropriations from the federal government marked to support local television stations, programming and improvements to the public broadcasting system as a whole. WFIU applies for funds to this organization every year and adheres to the guidelines established by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in order to continue to receive their support and continue affiliation with NPR. Distribution from CPB is determined by market size.
How do I decide how much to contribute?
The amount you contribute is entirely up to you. With an annual contribution of $40 or more (or $25 for IU full-time students), you will receive a full year’s subscription to our monthly listener guide, Directions in Sound. The MemberCard, which provides valuable discounts at participating restaurants, museums, wineries, arts and cultural attractions, and lodging venues, is available with a gift of $75 or more. Contributions at higher levels often qualify for special thank-you gifts.
If I give to WFIU Public Radio, does it also make me a member of WTIU Public Television?
Many of our WFIU members also support WTIU, but they do so with separate contributions. Each station has its own budget and pays for programming separately. Both stations are licensed to Indiana University.
Why am I getting a renewal or reminder notice after I paid my pledge?
The most likely answer is that your payment and our notice just crossed in the mail. If you believe your account is in error, please contact the Membership Department at 812-855-6114 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to verify that we received your contribution and have posted it to the correct membership account.
Where can I use my WFIU MemberCard for discounts?
There are a variety of restaurants, museums, arts and cultural attractions, wineries, lodging venues and online merchants that accept the WFIU MemberCard. To view the list of benefits, visit our MemberCard Benefits page.
When will my thank-you gift arrive?
On average, delivery takes about two to three weeks. However, national demand for an item sometimes slows down our distributors and causes delays in our ability to mail your thank-you gift. We will try to notify you if that is the case. WFIU assures you of quality. If you open your gift and discover that it’s wrong or damaged, or you are unhappy with your thank-you gift, we will gladly replace it or offer an alternative in most cases*. Just contact us at 812-855-6114 or e-mail email@example.com.
* Tickets are nonexchangeable, and WFIU does not give refunds for ticketed events if the event is occurring at the scheduled date and time. Wheelchair accessible seat requirements should be requested at the time of pledge due to limited availability.
Why are the thank-you gifts WFIU offers during pledge drives so expensive? Why can’t I buy these items at a regular retail price?
As a public radio station, WFIU relies on community support for a great deal of our funding. The CDs, books, tickets, or other items we offer during our on-air fundraising campaigns are intended as a “thank-you” gift for supporting the station with a contribution, not as a retail transaction. To encourage listeners to become members of the station, we suggest various pledge levels and offer the individual items or packages as special perks for contributing at that level.
How does a Sustaining Membership work?
Sustaining Members make a commitment to the station to continue their membership support beyond a one-year timeframe. Sustaining members give a minimum of $10.00 per month and use either Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) from their checking or savings account or a monthly transaction to a credit or debit card. For more information, click here.
I just got a renewal notice when I renewed my membership only a few months ago. Why?
Timing is everything. Our computer system saw that your most recent payment was outside the normal time period for a renewal. When this happens, the payment is recognized as an “additional gift” for the year. A quick call to our Membership Department at 812-855-6114 will have your membership record updated to reflect your gift as your renewal contribution.
Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Yes, but under current tax laws in the United States, only the amount of your contribution that exceeds the amount of any goods provided to you is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution. So if you requested a thank-you gift such as a CD, book, tote bag, or any other item, the fair-market value of that item is not tax-deductible. The tax receipt you receive from the IU Foundation will detail your contribution, the fair market value of your selected gift, and the resulting deductible amount.
Does WFIU exchange or sell names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses from its mailing list?
No. We may, however, purchase mailing lists from other sources in a continuing effort to bring in new members. Sometimes duplications do slip through, so please forgive us
if this happens to you, and disregard any further duplication notices.
Can I make a donation in memory of someone else?
You can make a fully tax-deductible memorial or tribute gift online by clicking here. A personal note will be sent to the person of your choosing.
I am a current member. Why are you sending me renewal notices months prior to my membership expiration date?
Because it’s so important that we keep our members, we start sending out renewal notices in advance of your membership’s expiration. If you renew early, you’ll still get a full year’s membership; your membership will be extended for a full 12 months from your current expiration date.
What if my program guide didn’t arrive this month? There are several possible answers to this question. Have you moved?
We may not have your correct address. Your membership may have expired. Your copy may have been lost in the mail. Whatever the reason, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Membership Department at 812-855-6114. We’ll gladly send you another copy.
Can I access my Listener Guide online?
Yes. You can save WFIU money and resources by requesting an electronic version of Directions in Sound. Just contact the Membership Department at 812-855-6114 or email@example.com to discontinue delivery of the paper copy.
How can I become a volunteer for WFIU?
How can I include WFIU in my will or living trust?
You can make a gift (bequest) to WFIU through your will or living trust by designating a percentage of your total estate, the residue or a portion of the residue, or a specific dollar amount. See our Gift Planning Options page for sample bequest language and WFIU’s Federal Tax I.D. Number to provide to your attorney.
How can I give a gift of stock?
Giving appreciated stock to WFIU can mean tax benefits for you. Call Nancy Krueger at 812-855-2935 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How do I find out if my company has a matching gift program?
Contact your Human Resources office. Many employers share your commitment to public radio and will show it by doubling your pledge of support. Visit our Matching Gifts page for a partial list of employers who participate in matching employee charitable gifts.
If your company has a matching gift program and is not listed, please email the name of the company to email@example.com.
If you do not find the answer to your question here, please contact us!
WFIU Membership, 1229 E. 7th Street,
Bloomington, IN 47405-5501