WHYY's Major Donor Program

Within the Major Donor program there are several opportunities to support WHYY. Each level of support offers unique donor benefits designed to fully engage our supporters. Along with these unique benefits, when you decide to donate to WHYY you can feel satisfied in knowing that your dollars are contributing directly to one of the last free media outlets covering arts, culture, education, and news in the Delaware Valley.

Questions? Contact Maggi Leyden, Director of Donor Relations at 215-351-3305 or by email at mleyden@whyy.org.



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Join WHYY as a leading supporter of public media in the Delaware Valley by becoming a Major Donor at the Y-Circle level ($500 - $1,199). A gift at the Major Donor level makes you part of a select membership circle of dedicated individuals who believe strongly in the mission of public media and who want to lend their support to WHYY's efforts in their community. As a Y-Circle member you will receive of the general membership level PLUS:

  • Participate in special WHYY performances of the Philadelphia Orchestra and concerts at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts
  • Join other Major Donors at private screenings of PBS productions & WHYY local Film screenings
  • Complimentary admission to select WHYY ticketed member events such as "Best of the Chefs" and "Antique-a-Palooza." (as capacity allows)
  • Free Y-Kids membership for children and grandchildren in your family
  • Y-Circle Listing in WHYY's Annual Report
  • Recognition as a Y-Circle member at WHYY events




When you take the extra step to join WHYY's Mercury Society, (with a donation of $1,200 or more) you become part of an important group of donors whose generosity strengthens every aspect of this magnificent cultural institution. The Mercury Society is a special group of leaders whose support of WHYY enables us to carry forth our vision and mission into the community. As a Bronze Level member of the Mercury Society, you will receive all benefits of the Y Circle PLUS:

  • Concierge service at WHYY –your direct link to a Major Gifts staff member
  • Invitation to President's Annual Thank You party
  • Meet WHYY personalities at receptions/dinners and VIP events
  • Mercury Society recognition at WHYY events (recognition membership ribbon with reception badge)
  • Mercury Society listing in WHYY's Annual Report




When you take the extra step to join WHYY's Mercury Society, (with a donation of $1,200 or more) you become part of an important group of donors whose generosity strengthens every aspect of this magnificent cultural institution. The Mercury Society is a special group of leaders whose support of WHYY enables us to carry forth our vision and mission into the community. As a Silver Level member of the Mercury Society, you will receive all benefits of the Bronze Level PLUS:

  • 10% Discount on WHYY venue space rental
  • Private visit to Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane during live production (By appointment only)
  • Invitation to WHYY Kimmel Speaker Series. Examples of some of the past speakers
  • include President Bill Clinton, Journalist and host on National Geographic Lisa Ling, President of Mexico Vincente Fox.




When you take the extra step to join WHYY's Mercury Society, (with a donation of $1,200 or more) you become part of an important group of donors whose generosity strengthens every aspect of this magnificent cultural institution. The Mercury Society is a special group of leaders whose support of WHYY enables us to carry forth our vision and mission into the community. As a Gold Level member of the Mercury Society, you will receive all benefits of the Silver Level PLUS:

  • A private luncheon with WHYY personality such as Joanne Allen
  • Opportunity to participate in WHYY's Paver Program
  • 15% Discount on WHYY venue space rental
  • Invitations to special behind the scenes look at WHYY's TV Membership drives
  • Your choice of any two class offerings at the Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons*
  • WHYY's "Press Pass"- Spend the day in WHYY's newsroom and see how everything comes together. Meet with some of WHYY's key editors and reporters while enjoying behind-the-scenes opportunities like sitting in on tapings of NewsWorks Tonight and learning from the professionals about WHYY's social media.




When you take the extra step to join WHYY's Mercury Society, (with a donation of $1,200 or more) you become part of an important group of donors whose generosity strengthens every aspect of this magnificent cultural institution. The Mercury Society is a special group of leaders whose support of WHYY enables us to carry forth our vision and mission into the community. As a Platinum Level member of the Mercury Society, you will receive all benefits of the Gold Level PLUS:

  • 4 hours free week-day rental of WHYY's Sharp Room for a private function.
  • A scholarship to WHYY's Summer Camp program to a child of your choice, or the opportunity to donate the scholarship in your name to an applicant of WHYY's choosing.




When you take the extra step to join WHYY's Mercury Society, (with a donation of $1,200 or more) you become part of an important group of donors whose generosity strengthens every aspect of this magnificent cultural institution. The Mercury Society is a special group of leaders whose support of WHYY enables us to carry forth our vision and mission into the community. As a Titanium Level member of the Mercury Society, you will receive all benefits of the Platinum Level PLUS:

  • An invitation for a luncheon with the President and Chairman of the Board