As Giving Tuesday unites communities across America today, many radio stations will open their airwaves and their hearts to many wonderful, deserving causes. There is a thread of compassion weaved through the industry’s heart for our neighbors and each other. This Giving Tuesday, Radio Ink is highlighting a few non-profits in radio helping radio. You’ve probably seen them in our headlines many times, but as broadcasters give back today, it’s just as important to remember to help from within as for those outside.
Mentoring and Inspiring Women In Radio
Built from Radio Ink‘s inaugural class of the Most Influential Women in Radio, MIW assists women in broadcasting with mentorships and valuable learning opportunities throughout the year to nurture the industry’s future leaders.
“Embracing the spirit of Giving Tuesday, MIW Board President Ruth Presslaff emphasizes that your generosity fuels the transformation of dreams into reality for women in radio. By providing essential resources and focusing exclusively on mentorship, MIW empowers these women to amplify their voices, break barriers, and redefine the future of broadcasting.”
Here’s where you can support MIW.
Broadcasters Foundation of America
Broadcasters Foundation President Tim McCarthy said, “Giving Tuesday is a perfect day to think of our colleagues who have fallen on challenging times. Every week we receive more requests for aid, and we cannot turn our backs on our hard-working colleagues who life has dealt a difficult hand, leaving them in need of our help.”
BFoA Chairman Scott Herman added, “Funds can be depleted quickly when fighting an illness or recovering from an accident. Natural disasters have become more severe in recent years, and our one-time emergency fund has often helped our colleagues keep a roof over their heads. To continue providing this much-needed assistance, we need everyone in radio and television to come together for our colleagues in need.”
Library of American Broadcasting Foundation
The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) stands as the philanthropic branch supporting the Library of American Broadcasting at the University of Maryland, which houses the most comprehensive compilation of broadcast history and memorabilia in the United States. The collection includes a rich assortment of historical records, personal papers, audiovisual interviews, literary works, screenplays, and photographic material.
LABF Co-Chairs Heidi Raphael and Jack Goodman said, “As you can imagine, preserving film, video, and audio tape from years past has never been more important as materials continue to disintegrate at a rapid pace. As a result, important moments captured through the lens and voice of broadcasters over the past decades will soon be gone forever. This cannot happen. However, we can’t do it without your support.”
Emmis Communications’ Jeff Smuylan added, “Nothing has impacted the lives of all Americans as much in the last one hundred years as the rise of broadcasting. As the stewards of this remarkable development in human history, it is incumbent upon all of us in the industry to work to preserve that history by supporting LABF. Our history is our legacy and we must support it.”
Alliance for Women in Media Foundation
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, the charitable arm of the Alliance for Women in Media, is encouraging support for its mission to promote women in the media sector as the year ends. AWMF’s focus on educational programs and scholarships for women in media.
AWMF is proud of its scholarship initiatives, like the AWMF and Podcast Movement Scholarship, AWMF Scholarship in Honor of Barbara Walters, the AWMF & NCTA Scholarship, and The ESPN Scholarship, which have empowered students and aspiring media professionals throughout 2023.
AWM President Becky Brooks told Radio Ink, “Giving Tuesday is an important day for all nonprofits. It’s a day, in the season of giving, that has a direct impact on the important work done to fulfill missions. The AWM Foundation advances women in media through scholarships and programs. We amplify women’s voices through education, connection and recognition. Giving to the AWM Foundation is investing in, and celebrating, the future of women in all forms of media.”