Beginning April 15, 2014, WEDU PBS launched a door-to-door outreach campaign by sending trained professional canvassers into communities and neighborhoods in West Central Florida. This campaign allows WEDU to personally convey the importance of quality, public television programming to thousands of Floridians every week.
By committing to make a contribution through one of WEDU’s trusted canvassers, you help us further our mission to enrich the lives of our viewers and our community. Your support allows WEDU to continue to broadcast non-commercial public television programs that inform, enlighten, and entertain, and provide valuable community partnerships and services statewide. Please consider making a donation to WEDU PBS. Thank you!
Meet our canvassers
Here are the friendly faces of the fine folks you might get to meet when WEDU comes to your town:
Frequently asked questions
Why is WEDU PBS knocking on my door?
WEDU PBS is YOUR public television station, and we rely on financial support from viewers like you to help us keep our unique, commercial-free programs on the air. Having someone from WEDU knock on your door is a way for us to talk neighbor-to-neighbor and hear first-hand why you love PBS. It also lets us share with you why becoming a member and supporter is so important.
How do I know this representative is really from WEDU?
WEDU has taken special care to help you identify our representatives. First, the person will have a photo ID issued from WEDU PBS that includes his or her name and photograph. Second, WEDU has posted the photographs and names of all of our canvassers on this page. Please feel free to verify the identity of our representatives by matching up the photo ID of the person at your door with his or her name and photo shown here. The canvassers will be wearing uniforms that include a PBS blue polo shirt, khaki pants and possibly a PBS hat.
Why does WEDU PBS need a donation from me?
WEDU PBS is a non-profit organization and relies on viewers like you for over 40% of our annual operating support. Without your contribution, public television and the programs that you know, enjoy and trust would no longer exist.
Where does my money go?
Your donation goes directly into WEDU’s annual operating support budget. It pays for general operation of the station, including our PBS membership, educational outreach and the programs you love 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
If I give at the door, do I get a “thank-you” gift like they talk about on TV?
Typically, our door-to-door representatives do not offer thank you gifts. But if you would like to receive a gift, they will be happy to take down your information and pass it along to a membership services representative. You also can visit www.wedu.org/donate
to make a donation and select a thank-you gift. That will show you a wide range of gift options available at various support levels and will allow you to give securely online.
I don’t want to give anything to this person at the door, but I still want to donate. How do I do that?
Visit us online at www.wedu.org/donate
and support WEDU by giving either a regular monthly donation or a one-time gift. Monthly giving is one of the best ways you can support public television – it gives WEDU a steady stream of income with minimal impact on your pocketbook!
Is my gift tax deductible?
All donations are tax deductible less the fair market value of any thank-you gift(s) selected. If you choose not to receive any thank-you gifts, the entire amount is tax deductible. You will receive an acknowledgment letter in the next few weeks showing your donation and the fair market value of any thank-you gifts for your tax records.
When will I receive my pledge notice/confirmation?
If paying by check, you will receive a reminder with a return envelope in the next few weeks.
Don’t the government and my taxes provide funding?
Less than 12% of WEDU’s annual operating budget comes from government funding. Nearly 40% of our operating budget truly does come from “viewers like you.” Additionally, when we apply to private foundations for money, one of the most important criteria is the number of donors we have here in our community. In short, we need your support to receive their support.
How does the matching gift program work?
If you are an employee of (or retired from) a company that matches employee donations to public television, you can increase the value of your donation by having your company match your donation. Simply contact your human resource office and obtain a form to fill out. Enclose that form with your contribution or send it to WEDU PBS at 1300 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607, ATTN: Matching Gifts Program. Questions? Please call (813) 254-9338, ext. 2298.