Leadership Giving and Special Gifts

In addition to your annual support, your unique motivations, goals and financial circumstances may provide you with the opportunity to make gifts that substantially impact WOSU Public Media’s ability to fulfill its mission – both now and in the future – and that are personally rewarding for you.

Many of our donors want to provide support for a particular type of program: classical music, the Columbus Neighborhoods documentary series or children’s educational programming, for example. Let us work with you to create the type of gift that is most meaningful to you and results in maximum impact for the community. Please contact our Leadership Giving Team for more information.

Benefits of Leadership Giving include:

  • Lunch and station tour with WOSU General Manager and on-air radio hosts
  • Recognition in the WOSU Public Media Community Report
  • Priority registration for WOSU screenings, premieres and special events
  • Opportunities for naming and on-air recognition

Leadership Giving Areas To Support

WOSU serves the community by focusing on the following core strategic priorities:

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Lifelong Learning is Vital For All

WOSU serves our region’s lifelong learning needs with educational and informative programs and online resources designed for preschoolers, older Americans and everyone in between. WOSU offers 11 hours daily of PBS Kids educational programming focusing on literacy and STEM.

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Our Educational Services team provides Ready To Learn workshops for child caregivers across central Ohio to help narrow the achievement gap and prepare at-risk youth for kindergarten. This team also provides digital media training and resources for K-12 teachers in the region.

For Baby Boomers, the Next Avenue web project is a resource that addresses topics of interest that are relevant to their lifestyle. Local initiatives including LifeStories and Columbus Neighborhoods unite all age groups, provide unique learning opportunities, and strengthen community bonds among central Ohio residents.

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The Arts Inspire

Columbus is one of few cities in America to possess the rich diversity of arts and culture offered by central Ohio. WOSU understands the impact cultural activity has on the economic vitality of a region and celebrates the arts with regular programming options that provide a rich and stimulating experience.

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A Health Democracy Requires an Informed Citizenry

WOSU brings context to the news of our world and region by providing the only 24-hour public radio news station in central Ohio. WOSU showcases the best in broadcast journalism through NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Nightly Business Report, PBS Newshour and Frontline.

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Locally, we work to expand public understanding of important community issues through forums at WOSU@COSI, on the radio through All Sides with Ann Fisher and on television through Columbus on the Record.

WOSU has grown into one of the most decorated and respected radio news organizations in the country. We continue to strive to reach new and younger audiences via the WOSU Mobile App.


Other Areas To Support


Classical 101 Campaign

Support for the Classical Campaign enables WOSU to program classical and opera music all day, every day, in central Ohio. With four local hosts embedded in the central Ohio arts community, Classical 101 delivers relevant news and information about classical music and the arts to our listeners.

In addition, Classical 101 collaborates with and promotes local performing arts organizations thus enhancing the cultural economy and helping to attract and retain the “creative class.”

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Columbus Neighborhoods

The second phase of this award-winning documentary project will profile six Columbus Neighborhoods during 2013-2015 to celebrate the key historic and cultural communities of our city.

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New documentaries have already aired for South Side and Clintonville. The neighborhoods of Worthington, Bexley and the Tri-Villages (Grandview Heights, Marble Cliff and Upper Arlington), as well as a profile of how immigration has impacted the culture and history of Columbus and central Ohio will be featured in upcoming documentaries.

Each program involves the community in many aspects of the production, including a community day to share stories, memories and photos. This dynamic series will include a strong interactive web presence and educational components for use in central Ohio classrooms.

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The Neil Legacy Society

WOSU benefits from those who believe in passing on their values to future viewers and listeners and name WOSU Public Media a beneficiary of an estate gift.

This special group of supporters is recognized as members of WOSU’s Neil Legacy Society, named in honor of the Neil family who made 362 acres of farmland available for what is now The Ohio State University – the campus upon which WOSU was founded.

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Courtesies and Benefits:

  • Opportunity to record a personal LifeStories, an oral history recorded for family and loved ones, at WOSU studios.
  • Invitations and priority registration to station screenings, premieres and special events
  • Lunch and station tour with WOSU General Manager and on-air hosts
  • Invitation to WOSU’s annual Neil Legacy Society event
  • Lifetime subscription to airfare magazine
  • Lifetime annual renewal of the WOSU MemberCard
  • Recognition in WOSU Public Media Community Report.

For more information about planned giving and The Neil Legacy Society please visit wosu.giftlegacy.com or Amy Milbourne, director of advancement, at 614-292-3022 or amy.milbourne@wosu.org