WHYY Donor Program

A donor meets Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at a Mercury Society reception

A donor meets Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at a Mercury Society reception

Support public media in the Philadelphia region with a gift and become a member of WHYY’s Y Circle or Mercury Society.

Join a select group of dedicated individuals who strongly believe in the mission of public media and who wish to support at a level beyond membership. Enjoy an array of benefits as detailed below, which WHYY is delighted to offer in appreciation of your generosity. Your donation may be paid annually, semi-annually, quarterly, or monthly.

Questions, contact David Heck, Director of Donor Relations at 215-351-3305 or dheck@whyy.org

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Explore donation levels & benefits


$500 – $1,199 Y Circle ($42/month – $99/month)

Y Circle benefits include:

Complimentary Invitations to –

  • Arts and culture events such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Bristol Riverside Theater, People’s Light among others
  • Civic Engagement events
  • Screenings of PBS and WHYY productions
  • Opportunity to participate in WHYY’s 7th Street Paver Program (donations at $600 and above)

Recognition in WHYY’s Annual Report
Direct liaison to a WHYY Gift Officer


$1,200 Mercury Society, Bronze Level ($100/month)

Benefits include all of the above plus:

Complimentary Invitations to –

  • Meet WHYY, NPR, and PBS personalities such as Terry Gross, Marty Moss-Coane, Maiken Scott, Ken Burns, Cokie Roberts, Rick Steves, and others at receptions/dinners and VIP events
  • Special events in private homes
  • Sit in on a Radio Times during a live production with Marty Moss-Coane and take a private WHYY tour

$2,500 Mercury Society, Silver Level

Benefits include all of the above plus:

  • Invitation to The Philadelphia Speakers Series at the Kimmel Center. Past presenters include David Cameron, John Cleese, Ted Koppel, Ehud Barak, Sanjay Gupta, Gabby Gifford, among others
  • Opportunity to participate in WHYY’s 6th Street Paver Program

$5,000 Mercury Society, Gold Level

Benefits include all of the above plus:

  • Early bird ticket selection to the Philadelphia Speakers Series at the Kimmel Center
  • Special invitations to unique PBS and NPR offerings

$10,000 Mercury Society, Platinum Level

Benefits include all of the above plus:

  • Luncheon with the President of WHYY

$25,000 Mercury Society, Titanium Level

Benefits include all of the above plus:

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

Donor Relations Staff

Roseann Oleyn
Vice President, Institutional Advancement
roleyn@whyy.org
215-351-1223

David Heck
Director of Donor Relations
dheck@whyy.org
215-351-3305

Robin Austin
Planned Giving Officer
raustin@whyy.org
215-351-2019

Lisa Beckman
Senior Major Gifts Officer
lbeckman@whyy.org
215-351-2059

Willo Carey
Donor Relations Manager
wcarey@whyy.org
215-351-0540

Rita Klus
Manager, Research and Development

Anne Standley
Donor Relations Officer
astandley@whyy.org
215-928-2428

Ellen Steele
Donor Relations Administrator
esteele@whyy.org
215-928-2416


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