Direct your support where it matters most to you by supporting Friends of PBS Wisconsin’s Focus Funds with a gift of $5,000 or more. Your gift to a Focus Fund targets your giving to a specific area of interest, allowing you to make a difference in a key area.
Gifts to Focus Funds support the development and production of new programs and facilitate service to the community in the area that you choose. Unlike our endowed funds, Focus Funds are made available to the station in the near term, fueling innovation and providing flexible resources to meet critical needs.
PBS Wisconsin gratefully honors the following donors for their generous support of the Focus Fund for Education:
Alliant Energy Foundation
BMO Harris Bank
Daniel J and Mary Heaney
The George Kress Foundation, Inc.
National Guardian Life Insurance Company
Mary Ellyn and Joe Sensenbrenner
Theda and Tamblin Clark Smith Family Foundation
The Cheryl Rosen Weston Estate
Gifts to the Focus Fund for Education help make possible projects like:
Research confirms that PBS KIDS prepares children for success in school and in life. PBS Wisconsin delivers PBS KIDS media to early learners and families through a 24/7 broadcast channel, livestream and digital options, and an educational game platform. Together, this triple play serves all children with high-quality and barrier-free educational content to encourage learning and school readiness.
Curriculum-Based Education Materials
Serving as an efficient, innovative producer and distributor of high-quality multimedia education resources, PBS Wisconsin Education is a trusted partner to parents, educators, school districts and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. PBS Wisconsin Education supports learning through development and distribution of cost-free instructional resources for grades pre-K through 12.
This collection of resources provides educators with accurate and authentic educational materials for teaching about the American Indian Nations of Wisconsin. The project assists educators in fulfilling Wisconsin Education Act 31, the statutory requirement that all school districts provide instruction in the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of the American Indian nations in the state.
Wisconsin Hometown Stories
Supporting the Wisconsin Hometown Stories documentary series, PBS Wisconsin Education collaborates with K-12 educators to produce multimedia classroom resources, helping students see themselves reflected in the local history.
A gift to the Focus Fund for Journalism directs your giving toward the development and production of programs committed to fair, timely and in-depth reporting that informs and engages Wisconsin citizens.
PBS Wisconsin gratefully honors the following donors for their generous support of the Focus Fund for Journalism:
Evjue Foundation Inc., the charitable arm of The Capital Times
JEK Foundation, Inc.
Gifts to the Focus Fund for Journalism help to make possible projects like:
An online multimedia news and information project, WisContext presents the reporting, research, and community-based expertise to provide information and insight about urgent and emergent issues that affect Wisconsin. Supported by a team of journalists and educators, this collaborative platform assembles and builds on their work.
Here & Now
Frederica Freyberg anchors Here & Now on PBS Wisconsin at 7:30 p.m. every Friday evening. Featuring timely interviews with newsmakers, in-depth reports on the issues affecting the state, and a growing reach across social media platforms, Here & Now expands the reach and accessibility of independent Journalism in Wisconsin.
National and International Programs
PBS Wisconsin is committed to offering high-quality, trusted news and public affairs programs to viewers across the state through programs including PBS NewsHour, BBC World News, Washington Week and FRONTLINE.
WisconsinVote.org is an essential and trusted tool for news, information and voting resources in state and national elections. The project includes broadcasts of interviews, hosted candidate debates and forums, and candidate profiles and statements. Community conversations across the state and key voting information are delivered on multiple platforms including mobile devices.
Governor’s Addresses and More
PBS Wisconsin provides Wisconsin citizens direct and live access to major policy speeches by the governor through broadcasts and web streams. Coverage includes the State of the Budget Address and annual State of the State Address. PBS Wisconsin also broadcasts and livestreams the annual State of the Tribes Address and Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration from the Wisconsin State Capitol Building in Madison.
A gift to the Focus Fund for Wisconsin Programming directs your giving toward the development and production of new Wisconsin-based programs and services.
PBS Wisconsin gratefully honors the following donors for their generous support of the Focus Fund for Wisconsin Programming:
Greg & Carol Griffin
Gifts to the Focus Fund for Wisconsin Programming help make possible projects like:
Viewers gain access to a virtual lecture hall that features educational presentations on a wide range of subjects including science, economics, community building, the environment, energy, public education and health, all presented by some of the finest academic minds in Wisconsin and beyond.
Wisconsin Life celebrates what makes Wisconsin unique through the diverse stories of its people. WPT’s award-winning producers and hosts travel the state to introduce viewers to the people who contribute to and shape what it means to live in and be from Wisconsin. Some stories are colorful, humorous and surprising. Others are emotional and thought-provoking. All are personal, engaging and rich with the personality of Wisconsin.
Around the Farm Table
Around the Farm Table connects viewers with Wisconsin’s farm landscape, highlighting Midwestern farmers and artisan food producers. The program is designed to uplift our understanding of sustainable farming practices through stories, recipes and information all delivered in an inviting, fun and entertaining style.
Wisconsin From the Air
Combining stunning aerial video captured by both helicopter and drone, WPT presents our state’s treasures and beloved landmarks from above. In Wisconsin From the Air, Wisconsin Winter From the Air, and Wisconsin Water From the Air viewers soar along the shore of Lake Michigan to the tip of Door County, fly overhead at the American Birkebeiner Race and Lambeau Field, and skim the waters of Lake Superior, the Mississippi River, and more. Wisconsin From the Air celebrations hundreds of iconic Wisconsin locations all from a breathtaking perspective rarely seen — and one that audiences love.
Wisconsin Hometown Stories
These in-depth, informative and entertaining documentaries capture the spirit of place. Wisconsin Hometown Stories tell Wisconsin’s history one town at a time. The series introduces viewers to the people, businesses and events that have shaped communities throughout the state.
A gift to the Focus Fund for Wisconsin History directs your giving toward the development and production of programs and resources that preserve and present the stories of Wisconsin’s people. This work ensures a rich legacy for our state’s diverse history.
PBS Wisconsin gratefully honors the following donors for their generous support of the Focus Fund for Wisconsin History:
Gifts to the Focus Fund for Wisconsin History help to make possible projects like:
With project including Wisconsin World War II Stories, Wisconsin Korean War Stories, and Wisconsin Vietnam Stories, PBS Wisconsin offered veterans a platform to share their stories of triumph and loss. PBS Wisconsin’s War Stories work has comprised documentary series, classroom learning tools, in-depth web resources, traveling photo exhibits, books, and community events including LZ Lambeau®, a Welcome Home event for Vietnam veterans held in Green Bay in 2010.
Tribal Histories & WisconsinFirstNations.org
A series of films featuring the traditional oral histories, and a rich collection of educational videos, classroom resources, and lesson plans introduce the eleven sovereign American Indian Nations of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Hometown Stories
These in-depth, informative, and entertaining documentaries capture the spirit of place. Wisconsin Hometown Stories tell Wisconsin’s history one town at a time. The series introduces viewers to the people, businesses and events that have shaped communities throughout the state.
PBS Wisconsin’s programs featuring Jerry Apps, which have charmed audiences throughout Wisconsin the nation, tell the heartwarming, relatable stories of childhood and rural life in Wisconsin.
YOUNG PERFORMERS INITIATIVE
A gift to the Focus Fund for Young Performers directs your giving toward the development and production of programs that celebrate the vibrancy and creativity of Wisconsin’s future innovators, visionaries and arts advocates.
PBS Wisconsin gratefully honors the following donors for their generous support of the Focus Fund for Young Performers:
A. Paul Jones Charitable Trust
Roger & Lynn Van Vreede
Gifts to the Focus Fund of Young Performers help to make possible projects like:
Madeline Island Chamber Music Camp
A one-hour documentary and performance featuring the distinctive Madeline Island Music Camp, with its unique focus on chamber music. Viewers discover how students are immersed in the culture, values, dynamics, and repertoire of the quartet format and the continuous improvement and exploration that is necessary to reach excellence.
High School Musical Theater Jerry Awards
Overture Center for the Arts’ High School Musical Theater Awards program encourages, recognizes and honors excellence in high school musical theater. The year-long program offers Wisconsin high school students exceptional performance and production learning opportunities. WPT films and livestreams the ceremony at pbswisconsin.org to viewers across the country. The performance footage becomes the basis of a highlights program that raises the visibility of the arts, celebrates the creative achievements of Wisconsin’s youth and offers statewide audiences a front-row seat in the comfort of their own home.
Online Video for Music Educators
Segments of PBS Wisconsin’s collection of recorded concerts are repurposed for use in classrooms. Increasingly, educators are using media to supplement classroom activities, yet the current available options don’t always meet their needs. YPI video resources are created in partnership with the Wisconsin School Music Association and are designed to meet teachers’ needs. This high-quality content is easily accessible and aligned with state academic standards.