Grants from The Broadcasters Foundation of America will hit a milestone this year, as more than $1 million in aid is disbursed to broadcasters in acute need across the country.
The record-setting figure is the most ever awarded in a single year by the charity, which this week launches its year-end appeal for personal donations to the Guardian Fund and corporate contributions to the Angel Initiative.
“What’s even more striking is that there are still broadcasters across our industry who need our help,” notes Dan Mason, Broadcasters Foundation of America Chairman. “It is incumbent on everyone in our industry to help ensure that the Broadcasters Foundation can continue to provide this much-needed financial assistance to our colleagues.”
Grants from the Broadcasters Foundation have risen from $61,000 in 2000 to this year’s unprecedented level.
Included in the 2017 figure is more than $200,000 in emergency aid, which was distributed to broadcasters whose lives were impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the California wildfires, or other disasters; $1,000 emergency grants are awarded via an accelerated application and approval process. Monthly grants require intense annual vetting.
“Requests for aid have multiplied over the past several years, and we have been able to help every qualifying broadcaster who sought assistance from us,” said BFA President Jim Thompson. “As we enter the season of giving, I ask every broadcaster to review any good fortune that our business has bestowed upon them and consider donating to help our colleagues in need.”
For more than 70 years, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to thousands of needy broadcasters and their families.
Individual donations can be made to the Guardian Fund, corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be arranged through the Legacy Society.