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Support Detroit's Public Radio Station

Public Radio is a partnership and WDET members are vital to our station’s success.

 

 

Every day, we do the best possible job we can to bring you radio that's informative and enjoyable. In exchange, we ask that you become a member of WDET and support the programming you love. Contributions from members are vital because listener support is public radio's most important – and reliable – source of income.

 

Member Benefits


One of the ways we say "thank you" when you become a member is exclusive WDET swag and experiences. You can select a thank you gift each time you make a qualifying gift of support. View our latest thank you gifts »

Members also receive perks throughout the year, including invitations to members-only events and offers like pre-sale tickets, discounts, and giveaways. 

If you have questions regarding your WDET membership, contact member services at 313-577-4550 or memberservices@wdet.org.

 

Sustaining Membership


As a WDET Sustaining Member, your gift goes further by:

  • Providing WDET with a stable source of income to support the programming you value.
  • Eliminating the cost of installment reminder notices.
  • Reducing the cost of processing payments.

 

It's As Easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Decide how much you want to contribute to WDET each month. 
  2. Use or our secure online form or call WDET Membership Services at 313-577-4550. Installments can be paid from your VISA, Master Card or Discover, debit or credit card. 
  3. Sit back and relax. Your installment will be automatically deducted with a record of each transaction appearing on your debit or credit card statement. Your membership is automatically renewed each year on your membership anniversary date.

 

View Sustaining Membership FAQs »

 

WDET Leadership Circle 


 

Members who have donated a cumulative $1,200 within a single year are automatically included in the Leadership Circle

We invite donors who own businesses to consider our Business Circle Memberships and talk to us about ways gifts-in-kind from your business can be included in your contribution. We also invite you to learn the many benefits of WDET Underwriting to your business!

 

Endowed Gifts, Planned Gifts, and Bequests


Endowed Gifts

A gift to the endowment at WDET is an investment in the future. With careful stewardship, endowed funds grow in value over time, providing resources in perpetuity. Each endowed fund has an invested principal that is never spent. The principal earns income that is then distributed to a spending account. The spending account is then used to support the specified purpose of the endowed fund. Endowed funds can be restricted, meaning that they are used to support a purpose designated by the donor. Many WDET donors designate their giving to a program. Alternatively, some donors establish unrestricted endowed funds, which are used by WDET to provide support where it is needed most. 

Learn more about WDET's Endowed Enhancement Fund »
 

Planned Gifts

A planned gift is a thoughtful and strategic way to support WDET. There are several types of planned gifts to suit a variety of personal and charitable goals. Because every donor's circumstance, needs and assets are different, we recommend that you discuss your specific goals with our planned giving professionals to help make your gift as effective as possible, both for you and for WDET. 

 

Bequests

Individuals may make a gift through a bequest, where WDET is named as a beneficiary in a will or trust. The bequest may be for an exact amount or for a percentage of the estate. The gift may be designated for a specific purpose or it may be left unrestricted, benefiting the area WDET where it is needed most.The donor's estate will be entitled to a tax deduction for the charitable gift. 
 

For more information, please contact WDET's Associate Director of Philanthropy Carmen Garcia at cgarcia@wdet.org or 313-577-3342. Thank you.

 

Volunteering Opportunities


WDET's success is directly related to our connection with you, our listeners. Your generous efforts and gifts of your time are one of the things that help keep great radio alive! 
 

We need your help with: 

  • Mailings 
  • Recycling 
  • "Thank You" Gift Packing 
  • Music Library Assistance 
  • Plant Tending 
  • And More!



Fill out our volunteer application and we will get in touch with you as opportunities arise! For more information about volunteering at WDET, contact our Membership team at 313-577-4550 or memberservices@wdet.org.

 

Vehicle Donation Program


When you donate a vehicle to benefit WDET 101.9FM, you actually turn your car into the programs you love. From our original, Detroit-centric programs like Detroit Today and Ann Delisi's Essential Music to the slate of top quality national programs like All Things Considered, On Point, and Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, your gift makes a difference at 101.9 WDET.

In exchange, we give you a free one-year membership to WDET and a pledge to keep the station strong and vital in the community. Your vehicle is towed free of charge, and the donation is eligible for a tax deduction.

Donating a car is fast, easy and secure. Learn more at wdet.org/cars.

 

Underwriting & Corporate Sponsorship


WDET’s second largest source of support comes from local businesses members and program sponsors.

Small to mid-size businesses and professionals who are looking to support public radio and become more engaged with the station have the opportunity to become Business Circle Members and receive member benefits, including the opportunity to be named during our membership drives. 

Learn more about Business Circle Memberships »

 

Want to do more or have greater control over your message? Program sponsorships and corporate underwriting are cost-effective ways to reach the educated, active and influential public radio listeners who tune to WDET each week. 

Learn more about our corporate sponsorship opportunities »

View a current list of our business circle members and underwriters »

 

Donor Transparency


WDET is committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions. We accept gifts and grants from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. We do not accept anonymous restricted gifts for our news programming. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

View our editorial standards and policies here »