Support FAQ

Frequently asked questions about membership

How can I become a member of Prairie Public?
Please click on one of the links (Radio or TV) at the top of this page to become a member using our secure online pledge forms. You also may become a member by contacting our membership department at 800-359-6900, or by mailing your contribution to one of the addresses below:

U.S. residents: Prairie Public Broadcasting, 207 N 5th St, PO Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108.

Canadian residents: Prairie Public Television (Manitoba), Inc., PO Box 2640 STN Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 9Z9.

Your financial support is sincerely appreciated, and in return, we will strive to give you quality television and radio programming that educates, involves, and inspires you. Please do not hesitate to call us at 800-359-6900 if we can be of assistance.

Is my contribution tax deductible?
Contributions to Prairie Public are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Your gift is deductible for the amount of your contribution minus the fair market value of any thank-you gift(s) you receive. Tax receipts are issued at the end of January for contributions made during the previous calendar year. All Canadian residents who contribute to Prairie Public will receive a tax receipt from Prairie Public Television (Manitoba), Inc. United States residents who make gifts totaling $250 or more, or who make gifts totaling $75 or more and acquire a thank-you gift, will receive a tax receipt from Prairie Public Broadcasting, Inc. Other donors may request a receipt by contacting our membership department at 800-359-6900.

Is it possible to make ongoing installment contributions to Prairie Public?
Yes, our Sustainer membership offers the convenience of ongoing monthly or quarterly contributions via your credit card or directly from your checking account. By choosing to be a Sustainer, you provide Prairie Public with the continuing support needed to secure the future of your favorite programs, and ensure that new programs and services are made available to our entire region. Call our office at 800-359-6900 for more information.

Can I update my credit card and/or expiration date securely online?
Yes. Please click here to update your credit card information. Please note that due to the security of our credit card system, we no longer store credit card numbers. If you are updating your expiration date, we’ll need your card number as well.

I live in Canada and I want to contribute. Will I be charged in Canadian or U.S. funds?
If your address is in Canada, you will be charged in Canadian funds.

How often should I renew my membership?
Your Prairie Public membership is active for 12 months and is renewable on the anniversary of your gift. Two months prior to the expiration of your membership, you will receive a mailing asking you to continue your support. In an effort to save paper and postage from subsequent reminders, please consider responding as soon as possible. Please note that you will not lose months of your membership by renewing early.

In order to avoid a lapse in your WAVES monthly program-guide subscription, we’ve found that getting your reminder to you early works best. You will receive WAVES as long as your membership is active.

Tell me about WAVES.
WAVES is our monthly program guide that lists television programs and radio highlights for the month. Members receive a 12-month subscription to WAVES as a benefit of basic membership and higher.

I just renewed my membership and I received another renewal reminder. Why?
Often, particularly with Canadian mail, your renewal and our reminder will cross in the mail. If you mailed your renewal contribution within the past two or three weeks, please disregard the reminder.

I am a current member. Why did I receive a letter asking for an additional contribution?
During your membership year, you may receive a request—either by mail or by telephone—for an extra contribution, in addition to your renewal gift. Responding to these requests is optional. Many members like to send extra contributions during their membership year to help keep valuable programs on the air. If you or a loved one were moved by a certain program, please consider giving an additional gift.

Am I a member of television, radio, or both? How do I know which one?
Prairie Public has two membership programs: television membership and radio membership. When you receive mail from us, the type of membership will be indicated in the letter and on the reply form. Members from the United States often contribute to both our television and radio services, and, therefore, have both television and radio accounts. If you’re unsure of which or how many memberships you have, please call our Membership Department at 800-359-6900.

Will I receive a thank you gift?
Sometimes we have special gifts, such as a coffee mug or a DVD, available during our on-air membership drives, as our way of saying “thank you” to members for their support. These gifts are available at designated pledge levels. If you are expecting a thank-you gift, please expect delivery within six to eight weeks of your contribution. Please be aware that, by law, the fair-market value of your thank you gift(s) will be deducted from your contribution amount on your tax receipt.

If you’ve contributed an amount that qualifies you for a gift in the past year and you didn’t receive a gift then, you may request a gift. Please call our Membership office at 800-359-6900 for information.

Is my privacy protected?
Prairie Public Broadcasting’s web site adheres to a strict policy for ensuring the privacy of your—and your children’s—personally identifiable information and preserving the integrity of this online medium. Prairie Public Broadcasting’s Privacy Policy applies to all users of its services. Prairie Public Broadcasting will not sell its donor lists at any time, and will exchange them only with non-profit groups under certain stipulations. Let us know if you prefer not to be included at 800-359-6900. The trust of Prairie Public Broadcasting’s members and of the public at large is a high priority for Prairie Public and our policy on use of membership lists reflects the belief that we are a public service accountable to the public.

Tell me about your volunteer program.
Prairie Public relies on dedicated people to volunteer for a variety of duties, from answering phones during membership drives to assisting with special events and projects throughout the year. Volunteering is a great way to get an insider’s view of public television and public radio and to meet new friends with common interests. For more information about these opportunities, contact our office at 800-359-6900.

Do you accept donations of vehicles?
Yes! You can donate your unwanted car, boat, or truck to help support Prairie Public. When you donate a vehicle to Prairie Public, we’ll use the proceeds to bring you all the programs you enjoy. To start your vehicle donation, go to CarTalk Vehicle Donation or call 866-789-8627 and say you want to donate your vehicle to Prairie Public. *Available to U.S. residents only.

Can I include Prairie Public in my will, living trust, or other estate plans?
Yes, you can make a bequest to Prairie Public Broadcasting through your will or living trust by designating a percentage of your total estate, the residue, a portion of the residue, or a specific dollar amount. Click here for more information.

Is it possible for my contribution to be matched by my company?
Many companies, including those listed below, match contributions their employees make to Prairie Public. It’s a terrific way to make your investment in Prairie Public go even further. Check with your employer’s human resources department—some employers match dollar-for-dollar; some double or even triple employee contributions. Simply obtain the form from your employer, complete your portion and forward it to our membership department. It’s that easy—and makes a big difference!

Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services
American Crystal Sugar Company
American Express Company
Archer Daniels Midland Company
AXA Foundation
Baker Hughes Foundation
BNSF Railway
Butler Manufacturing
Cigna Foundation
Coca Cola
Ecolab Inc.
Fannie Mae Foundation
Gate City Bank
General Mills Foundation
The Home Depot
IBM Corporation
ITW Foundation
Land O’Lakes
May Department Stores
Merrill Lynch & Company Foundation
Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
Monsanto Company
Otter Tail Corporation
The Pella Foundation
PepsiCo Foundation
Pfizer
Piper Jaffray Company
The Prudential Foundation
PPG Industries Foundation
Radio Shack
Sprint Corporation
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
UPS Foundation
US Bancorp
The Washington Post Company
Xcel Energy Inc.