Q: How can I make a contribution online to WVPT, Your Source for PBS & More?
Just click here and you will be taken to our secure online contribution form. Or click on the Donate button on our home page. You can also call our 24/7 customer service call center at 888-987-8727.

Q: Why should I become a donor/member of WVPT?
A: WVPT exists to serve YOU, our viewers, by providing a diverse array of quality programs, educational and public services for adults and children of all ages and walks of life. Your donation to WVPT is a donation for the entire community. Unlike commercial and cable television stations that are profit-driven, WVPT is a mission-driven organization. WVPT does not exist to serve advertisers, businesses or the commercial marketplace.

Q: How is my contribution used?
A: Your contribution is invested in the acquisition, production and broadcast of the wonderful programs that you see everyday on WVPT. Your gift also supports the station's many educational services and outreach service projects. In addition, your gift helps offset the cost of station operations and technical requirements.

Q: What benefits will I receive as a donor/member?
A: Most importantly, when you join WVPT, you will enjoy the satisfaction of supporting your community's most accessible center for entertainment, education, art, information and culture. You will also help many families in our community that may not be able to donate, but whose children benefit from programming that helps them become ready to enter school.

Q: Don't I already support WVPT with my tax dollars?
A: American taxpayers contribute an average of $1.09 annually (less than the cost of a Sunday newspaper) toward funding public television nationally. With the state reductions in Virginia, funding for public broadcasting in the state equals approximately 38 cents per resident this year. WVPT matches essentially every dollar from the government with local financial support. With government support continuing to decrease, community support is more important than ever before. WVPT is a non-commercial, non-profit public television station. Though the station receives support from federal and state sources, as well as from generous area business underwriting, the largest source of revenue must come from voluntary contributions of individuals. WVPT relies on the generous support of the community for approximately 50% of its operating budget.

Q: Is my gift to WVPT tax-deductible?
A: WVPT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution to the station is fully tax-deductible, minus the fair market value of any thank you gifts you receive. For example, if your contribution to WVPT is $150 and you choose to receive a CD/DVD that has a retail value of $15.95 as your thank you gift, the deductibility of your gift will be $134.05.

Q: How long will it take for me to receive my thank you gift?
A: Once your contribution has been received by WVPT, the receipt of your thank you gift may take up to eight weeks.

Q: Does WVPT receive any of my monthly cable/satellite fees?
A: No, WVPT depends on the generosity of its members and receives no money from cable or satellite fees.

Q: I don't watch much TV. Why should I become a donor/member?
A: Research tells us that public television members actually watch less television than non-members because they are more selective about what they watch. In fact, most of WVPT members choose to support the station because WVPT offers a consistent source of quality, intelligent programming for the discerning viewer. Our educational children's programs provide sons, daughters and grandchildren with commercial free programs each and every day. Also, your support will assist in the many outreach community events and training seminars WVPT provides in the community.

Q: I've never used my credit card on the Internet before. Is it safe?
A WVPT is using a secure browser and the best encryption technology available to ensure your protection and privacy.

Q: How is WVPT involved in my community?
A: WVPT offers a rare broadcast oasis where children learn to use their imaginations rather than their fists, are encouraged to use their minds rather than their might, and are enticed to pick up a book rather than the remote control. WVPT helps our community's citizens make informed decisions when choosing elected officials by providing in depth broadcast coverage of candidate debates and profiles, as well as election night returns. Through locally produced series such as The Miller Center Forums, Virginia Farming, and WVPT Cooks with Tassie Pippert, WVPT's local programming entices viewers to explore, celebrate and appreciate the joys, the rich history and the cultural diversity our community offers.

Q: How can I contact WVPT?
A: If you have a question about your membership, the status of your thank you gift, or anything else that may be on your mind, you can contact WVPT 24/7 toll free customer service phone center at 1-888-987-8727 or contact Member Services directly at 540-437-2998, (800) 345-9878 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or write to us at WVPT, 847 MLK, Jr. Way, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Support WVPT in minutes!

First, find a thank you gift in the list below. Then simply select the item you want and click the "Pledge Now" link.

If you would like 100% of your support contribute to go to WVPT then click here to choose no gift.

50 Years of Peter Paul and Mary Heart Healthy Yoga
'50s & '60s Party Songs Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air
'50s & '60s Rock Rewind Il Volo: Pompeii
'60s Girl Grooves Jackie Evancho: Awakening
'60s and '70s Slow Songs Kristin Chenoweth
'60s Pop, Rock and Soul John Denver: Country Boy
'70s & '80s Soul Rewind Joy Bauer's Food Remedies
3 Steps to Incredible Health Justin Hayward: Spirits... Live
30 Days to a Younger Heart Last Days in Vietnam
Active With Arthritis Lawrence Welk: Big Band Splash
Appalachians, The Lawrence Welk's TV Treasures
Back Care Basics Legends of Folk
Best of '50s Pop Magic Moments: Songs of the 50's
Best of Birds, NATURE Moments to Remember
Best of the '60s Motown 25
Big Band Vocalists Mr. Selfridge: A Celebration
Big Band Years My Wild Affair
Blood Sugar Solution My Yearbook: 1960-1963
Bocelli: Love In Portofino Nature: Ireland's Wild River
British Beat, The Nature: Snow Monkeys
Burt Bacharach's Best Newshour
Carole King & James Taylor Oscar Hammerstein
Celtic Woman: Emerald Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages
Celtic Woman: Fan Favorites Pen In Hand: Winchester's Civil War Years
Civil War, The Poldark
Classic Hollywood Musicals Renee Fleming: Christmas in New York
Classical Rewind Return to Downton Abbey
Country Pop Legends Rick Steves' Delicious Europe
Daniel O'Donnell: Best of Music and Memories Rick Steves' Europe Travel Skills
Daniel O'Donnell: From The Heartland Rick Steves' Europe with Abandon
Daniel O'Donnell: Stand Beside Me Rick Steves' Hidden Europe
Disease Proof with Dr. Katz Rock My Soul
Doo Wop Discoveries Rock, Pop & Doo Wop
Doo Wop Love Songs Rock Rewind 1965-1967
Downton Abbey Rediscovered The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever Simon & Garfunkel
Dr. Wayne Dyer: I Can See Clearly Now Starlight Ballroom
Easy Yoga for Arthritis Statler Brothers Farewell Concert
Easy Yoga for Easing Pain Stop Back Pain
Easy Yoga for Strength and Balance Super Brain
Ed Sullivan's Rock & Roll Superstars of '70s Soul
Ed Sullivan's Top Performers 1966-1969 Suze Orman's Financial Solutions For You
Ethan Bortnick The Tenors: Under One Sky
Folk Rewind This Is Your Do-Over with Dr. Michael Roizen
Glorius Women Never Age! Three Tenors: 1990 Concert
Great British Baking Show Victor Borge: Timeless Comedy
Great Broadway Musical Moments from The Ed Sullivan Show Washington Week
Great Performances at the Met: ENCORES Wheat Belly Total Health
Great Railway Journeys of Europe NO GIFT

Buy a Brick

Life is marked with milestones. For WVPT, a milestone was reached on September 9, 1968, when we broadcast our first program. Now, our milestones have taken us into the digital age and a new era of service to our communities.

From our new technical complex we multicast three additional digital channels with programming addressing a host of needs in the communities we serve. Now your television viewing is a theater experience with astounding sight and sound technology!

In the not-too-distant future we will datacast ancillary content for individuals and classrooms across the viewing area. We will also be adding additional local programming that showcases our unique local history and culture in the new digital format.

Your Opportunity

Join us in our mission to enrich the quality of life in our communities! For a limited time, you may purchase a four-by-four or four-by-eight-inch brick paver to be engraved and placed in an entrance patio at the WVPT technical complex. Purchase one or more in your or your company's name or in honor or memory of a loved one.

Please click here for your form to purchase a brick or call David Mullins at (540) 437-2464.

Please click here to become a member of WVPT, to renew, or to make an additional gift.


A gift to WVPT in your will or revocable trust proclaims your confidence that we will continue to pursue our mission and make a difference in the lives of future generations. A bequest is:

  • Easy to arrange
  • Does not affect your assets or cash flow during your lifetime
  • Revocable

You may have planned your estate through a revocable trust instead of a will. A transfer to WVPT from your trust will bring you the same tax and planning benefits as a bequest from a will.

Your bequest or trust distribution to us will reduce the value of your estate for federal estate tax purposes, and will also be exempt from state inheritance taxes.

You Can Make Your Bequest in Several Ways:

A bequest can deliver a specific dollar amount or asset to WVPT, or it can give us a percentage of the balance remaining in your estate after taxes and specific bequests have been paid. It can also be payable if an individual beneficiary is not able to inherit.

Specific Bequest

"I bequeath Ten Thousand ($10,000) Dollars [or: all my Merck stock] to WVPT—Virginia's Public Television."

Residuary Bequest

"I bequeath Ten Percent (10%) of the residue of my estate to WVPT—Virginia's Public Television."

Contingent Bequest

"If my niece does not survive me or is unable to inherit this bequest, I direct that it be paid to WVPT—Virginia's Public Television."

Your Bequest Can Be Used by Us in Two Ways:

A bequest can be directed to a specific program or purpose at WVPT, or you can tell us to apply it to our general resources or use it for the need that we believe is most pressing at the time it is received. So that it can be most useful, we prefer that the terms of a bequest be as general as possible, and ask you to consult us if you are considering a bequest for a specific purpose here.

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust

A charitable remainder annuity trust is a separately invested and managed charitable trust that pays you, your spouse, and/or other beneficiaries a fixed annuity income for life or a term of years. You receive a charitable income tax deduction for a portion of your gift to the trust. No additional gifts are permitted. After the annuity trust terminates, the accumulated principal or "remainder interest" goes to WVPT.

  • Receive stable, predictable income (particularly appealing to older donors and income beneficiaries).
  • Avoid all upfront capital gains tax on any appreciated assets you transfer to the annuity trust.
  • Receive all or partly tax-free income if your annuity trust is invested for that objective.
  • Reduce your estate tax liability by removing a large taxable asset.
  • Make a satisfying and substantial gift to WVPT during your lifetime.


Comparison of Benefits: Unitrust and Annuity Trust

This example is based on a factor that changes monthly. Contact our office for a personal illustration based on the latest rates.


> Beneficiaries aged 72 and 70
> 28% income tax bracket
> Holding $100,000 in stock with $50,000 cost basis



Annuity Trust




Income Rate



First Year's Income



Future Income



Charitable Deduction*



*Based on a Federal Discount Rate of 5%.

Charitable Lead Trust

The charitable lead trust generates income for WVPT now, while reducing your tax costs for transferring assets to the next generation. The lead trust holds gift assets for your lifetime or for a term of years, and pays annual income to us. WVPT benefits from the assured income stream from the lead trust, while your family enjoys several tax advantages:

  • The gift assets placed in the lead trust are frozen in value for transfer-tax purposes as of the date the trust is formed. When the trust terminates and the assets pass to your family, all intervening appreciation will escape gift and estate tax.
  • Our income interest further reduces the taxable value of the trust assets when they pass to your family. This feature makes the lead trust especially useful if you are holding assets likely to appreciate significantly before they are transferred to the next generation.

What are the benefits of donating my car to WVPT?

WVPT benefits by receiving a cash donation to fund new and existing programs and increase community awareness through local events.

You benefit by being able to reduce your taxable income when taxes are itemized. Plus you avoid the costs associated with selling your car. No need to pay for advertising, no loss of privacy and possible security risk, and no need to pay for vehicle registration, insurance, and repairs to keep your car in running condition while you wait for a buyer.

Does my car have to be running to donate it?
In some cases we can take your car, running or not. However, it must have an engine and be tow-able. Contact a representative at (877) 987-8227 to find out if your vehicle qualifies for pick-up.

Do you only accept cars for donation?
Many types of motor vehicles are accepted including boats, motorcycles, trucks, and cars. If you are uncertain as to whether or not your vehicle is eligible, please contact the vehicle donation program toll free at (877) 987-8227.

How long will it take to pick up my vehicle?
We make donating your car as simple and convenient as possible. In many cases, vehicles can be picked up the same day. Call our representatives at (877) 987-8227.

Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pick-up?
No. Special arrangements can be made by calling our representative.

What paperwork do I need?
The only paperwork needed is a signed, clear title (pink slip). Have your title with you when you call in your donation. [Please note: a clear title indicates the title is in the name of the donor without a lien.]

Do I need a smog certificate in order to donate my car?
For states that require smog certificates or safety inspections, you may donate your vehicle without these documents.

What if I receive legal notices?
In the rare event that you receive any notification of a lien sale, DMV actions or other activity related to your donated vehicle, please contact us at (877) 987-8227 immediately for assistance.

Tax Questions
How does the new tax law affect my tax deduction?

Donors are no longer responsible for determining the deductible value of their donation. Instead, they will receive IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes if the proceeds from the sale exceed $500, stating the amount of the gross proceeds from the sale of the donated vehicle. The amount listed on IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes will be the gross proceeds of the deductible donation.

Will I get a tax receipt for my donation?
Yes, our driver will issue a receipt at the time of pick-up. This is not your final tax receipt unless the sale of your vehicle does not exceed $500. This initial acknowledgment will indicate your name as well as the year, make, model and condition of the car you are donating. It will be your only receipt if your vehicle sells for less than $500.

An IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes will be mailed to you within 30 days of the sale stating the amount of gross proceeds received from your car, provided your vehicle sold for more than $500. This will be your tax receipt for your charitable contribution.

How is the value determined on the vehicle donated?
The value is determined by the gross proceeds raised from the sale of the donated vehicle. You no longer have the burden of determining the value yourself.

Does the new law affect WVPT?
In reporting the gross proceeds raised from the sale of the vehicle, WVPT has additional paperwork to complete for the donor and IRS. The process of obtaining the cash donation from the vehicle remains the same.

What can I claim as a deduction?
According to the tax law effective January 1, 2005, if the claimed value of the donated vehicle exceeds $500, the taxpayer is limited to the gross proceeds of the sale.

What if my car is valued over $5000?
Effective January 1, 2005, you are no longer required to have vehicles appraised. The value you may claim will be the amount of gross proceeds received from your vehicle.

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