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 Ellen Steele, Donor Relations Administrator at 215-928-2416 or esteele@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

David C. Heck III
Director of Philanthropy

Robin Austin
Planned Giving Officer

Lisa Beckman
Senior Major Gifts Officer

Willo Carey
Donor Relations Manager

Rita Klus
Manager, Research and Development

Anne Standley
Donor Relations Officer

Ellen Steele
Donor Relations Administrator

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It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.