Listener support is a vital source of funding for public radio on WBAA. Show your support for radio that matters by becoming a member today! Or, you can learn more about what goes into operating WBAA through our 2013 Annual Member Report (click here) as you consider whether or not our mission is one that you want to support!
Community support is what will help keep What Matters accessible for years to come—into the station’s next century of service. For an annual pledge of $100 a month, you can be one of the charter members of this special group and help bring WBAA its next hundred years of service to the community. You gift will include commemoration for years to come, along with other Century Club benefits.
A sustaining membership is an automatically renewing membership, paid in regular, monthly payments from your credit card, bank account or Purdue payroll deduction instead of in one lump sum. Becoming a sustaining member provides regular, reliable support for the programs you count on, reduces on-air fundraising, and saves valuable resources. Sustaining Members receive regular membership benefits, including the WBAA MemberCard when you give at least $10 a month. You will also receive just one annual gift acknowledgement and a special sustainer-only thank-you gift at the beginning of the year.
Supporters may prefer to make a one-time gift as a new or renewing member. One-time gifts may be paid all at once, or by selecting from the payment options and methods available on the pledge form. We will mail reminder notices to you when your membership is approaching its annual renewal date.
More information about member benefits.
Other Ways to Give
Donate Your Car
Since 2006, supporters have contributed more than $20,000 in support of WBAA through vehicle donations. Thanks to Car Talk's vehicle donation program you can donate your vehicle in support of WBAA, too. It’s easy to donate, either online or by calling 1-866-789-8627.
More information about making a vehicle donation.
Planning a Gift to WBAA Public Radio
Public radio fills a void by offering programming that deepens curiosity and encourages personal exploration and growth. By making a planned gift to WBAA you can be a partner in shaping, developing, and encouraging this type of broadcasting.
We can work with you to identify how to best match your passion for public radio with a need or opportunity at WBAA. Your gift can satisfy your overall financial and personal goals while providing a secure future for WBAA Public Radio.
Purdue University's planned giving page gives detailed information about ways you can make a planned gift. Gifts to WBAA are processed through the Purdue Foundation and can be designated to WBAA at your discretion.
If you have already included Purdue Foundation for the benefit of WBAA Public Radio in your estate plans, please let us know by calling our development office at (765) 496-7794. We would enjoy the opportunity to thank you and would like to make sure your intentions are carried out properly.
More information about making a planned gift.
Give the gift of time...Volunteer!
WBAA is grateful to have many loyal friends who volunteer their time in support of public radio.
If you are a listener who enjoys talking to other people about the station, please consider signing up to volunteer at the WBAA community event booth. We’re present at many events in the Greater Lafayette area throughout the event season.
We also count on members to assist as phone volunteers and office assistants during our spring and fall pledge drives. Volunteers are very important to WBAA and our mission to engage, enrich, and educate our community.
If you would like to donate your time or resources, please contact WBAA at (765) 494-5920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Note: We are currently transitioning to a new membership system. Please help us improve our data by kindly notifying us of any problems or inaccuracies in your membership information. Simply call (765) 494-5920 or email email@example.com. We appreciate your understanding and support.
Why should I be a member of WBAA?
WBAA Public Radio’s mission is to enrich lives with services and programs that engage, educate, and entertain our community. We realize this mission through a distinctive variety of radio programming. Member donations are a significant part of our funding. When you become a WBAA member with your financial gift, you join a community of listeners who are directly responsible for keeping radio that matters on the air. Every gift of support counts toward this goal of remaining listener-supported public radio!
More information about member benefits
How long does my membership last?
There are two membership options.
One-Time Gift: You may make a gift at any time, and your WBAA membership is current for 12 months after you make a contribution. We'll send you a renewal letter a few months before that time. However, we always like to extend the opportunity to make an additional gift to the station, so you will receive notices in both spring and fall through the mail.
Sustaining Member: Sustaining members make on-going monthly gifts with no renewal required. Becoming a sustaining member provides regular, reliable support for the programs you count on, reduces on-air fundraising, and saves valuable resources.
Why did I receive another reminder when I already sent my payment?
Sometimes your payment is credited to your membership file after we send renewal notices or pledge reminders for that month. If your contribution and our reminder cross in the mail, please disregard the reminder and accept our apologies and sincerest thanks for your support. If you have other concerns with your membership please contact us at (765) 494-5920 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I make a contribution?
The fastest, most convenient way to make a gift to WBAA is online with a one time gift or sustaining membership. If you prefer, you may also mail your gift to WBAA at 712 Third Street, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2005, or make a gift by phone by calling (765) 494-5920. Checks should be made payable to Purdue Foundation with WBAA in the memo line.
What is the recommended contribution for a WBAA membership?
WBAA friends may make a gift at any level and all donations are greatly appreciated. If you are able to make a gift at the $120 level or up, you will receive the WBAA MemberCard with dining and other discounts.
More information about member benefits
More information about the WBAA MemberCard
Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Your gift to WBAA is tax-deductible to the extent allowable by U. S. law, minus the fair market value of any thank you gifts you received. We will send you an acknowledgement letter for your contribution that can be saved for tax purposes.
My employer participates in the employee matching gift program. How do I enroll?
You may be able to double or even triple your donation to WBAA. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, WBAA is eligible for many employers' Corporate Matching Gifts programs. Check with your Human Resources Department for their procedures. Purdue offers information and some forms online as well.
More information about Employer Matching
Can I give a WBAA membership as a gift?
Gift memberships are a great way to encourage your friends and family to support their community public radio station. Simply select Gift Membership as the gift type when you give online, and use the comments box to enter the recipient's name and mailing address. The recipient will receive the membership benefits along with a notification that they're received your gift.
How can I include WBAA in my estate plans?
There are many options for making a planned gift to WBAA Public Radio. We can work with you to identify how to best match your passion for public radio with a need or opportunity at WBAA. Please contact our development office at (765) 496-7794, for additional information.
More information about making a planned gift.
How can I change or remove my mailing address?
If you move, please contact us at (765) 494-5920 or email@example.com with both your old and new mailing addresses so that we can update our records and avoid duplicate records in the future.
I am a Sustaining Member. Am I still able to receive thank you gifts and membership benefits?
Sustaining members receive a special thank-you gift at the beginning of each year. Membership benefits apply according to your annual gift amount.
Your contact information will be used for WBAA communications with regard to your membership. WBAA Public Radio does not share donor information with other organizations outside of Purdue University.