About the Arkansas PBS Foundation
Arkansas PBS relies on the financial support of viewers like you to provide funding for our educational, informative and entertaining programming. Donations pay for the general audience programming enjoyed by thousands of viewers all over Arkansas and in surrounding states. Please make your tax-deductible donation right now by visiting myarkansaspbsfoundation.org/membership or by calling 1-800-662-2386.
Community Supported Television
About one-fifth of the Arkansas PBS budget is funded by private sources through efforts of the Arkansas PBS Foundation. This money is used to help acquire and broadcast general audience programs to Arkansans, and to help produce local programming highlighting the news and information that Arkansans need, and the Arkansas stories that illuminate the history, people, culture and natural wonders of our state.
Currently to supplement state and federal funding, more than 23,000 contributors contribute approximately $3 million annually to Arkansas PBS through the Arkansas PBS Foundation. The Arkansas PBS Foundation also receives around $500,000 from businesses, state agencies and foundations to underwrite programs and projects.
Prior to the onset of the pandemic, hundreds of individuals and businesses volunteered each year, providing several thousand hours of service to Arkansas PBS. We look forward to welcoming those volunteers back soon.
The Arkansas PBS Membership Hot Line provides personal service to thousands of contributors and viewers each year.
Various Arkansas PBS Foundation Endowments annually generate income that is used to help support programming on Arkansas PBS, hands-on educational services provided by Arkansas PBS and volunteer activities. More than $6 million has been donated to date to Arkansas PBS Foundation Endowments (including the Jane Krutz Volunteer Program Endowment and the Charles M. and Joan R. Taylor Foundation Endowment for education) through bequests, memorial or restricted gifts.
Opinion surveys consistently show that Americans value public television as a unique educational and cultural resource that generates a high return on their tax dollars. Recent data shows that PBS and its member stations like Arkansas PBS are America's most trusted institution and an excellent use of tax dollars for the 18th consecutive year.
The federal appropriation for public broadcasting does not come to PBS directly from the government. By statute, the vast majority of federal funding for public broadcasting goes from the federal government to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which makes grants to local television and radio stations, which are independently owned and operated. Public broadcasting is one of our nation’s best examples of a public-private partnership. The federal investment amounts to about $1.40 per citizen per year, which functions as vital seed money for our system. Federal funding is crucial for all public broadcasting stations like Arkansas PBS. For every dollar in federal funding, public television raises an additional $6.00, including contributions from individuals, foundations and businesses who voluntarily support our community-based work. Arkansas PBS also receives funding from the State of Arkansas. This funding supports the infrastructure -- personnel, equipment, occupancy and utility costs, etc. -- that allows Arkansas PBS to operate and distribute programming to viewers across our state.