The month of November is about giving thanks and Giving Tuesday (November 29) gives you an opportunity to support a non-profit you’re thankful for and that holds a special place in your heart. We’re asking you, Ohio University Alumni who worked at WOUB as a student, to give back to the public media station that put you on a path to career success. You started working at WOUB with a dream, and you left with the ability to reach it. Consider paying it forward by giving to any of the student-focused funds for WOUB Public Media listed below. Show your support for the student experience at WOUB.
Thanks to several generous alumni and friends, donations will be unlocked when we reach a certain number of donors to each fund. Details on the challenge dollars available for each fund can be found below.
Listing of Funds
Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation WOUB Internship Fund (in Memory of Jan and Olivia Sole)
This fund helps support salaries for student interns to stay on campus over the summers to participate full-time in news gathering and production with their work airing on WOUB television and radio. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students and the greater community benefits from increased local news and information during the summer months. The fund was established in honor of Jan Sole (1956-2007) and her late daughter, Olivia Gray Sole (1989-2004). Jan Sole graduated from OHIO’s Journalism school in 1979 and worked at WOUB as a radio producer and host of the station’s classical music program for 25 years.
→ Thank you, David Descutner and Lysa Burnier, for your $1,000 matching support of the King Family Internship Fund.
→ GIVING TUESDAY: $1,000 unlocked for the King Family Internship Fund! Thank you, Van Gordon Sauter!
Neil Mahrer and Sonia Franceski WOUB Student Staff Support Fund
This fund provides year-round support, in the form of wages and benefits, for students employed by WOUB Public Media. Neil Mahrer worked at WOUB while he was a student to hone his broadcasting skills and learn about the media industry. The former PBS executive graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts focused on general speech, TV/Radio and Theatre. He had a very successful career after leaving Athens, serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer at PBS during his 17-year tenure with the organization. Franceski earned her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and her master’s degree from MIT. She also did her Ph.D. studies at MIT. Franceski is currently employed in the United States Trade Relations (USTR) group of the White House. Both Mahrer and Franceski believe in the value of public broadcasting, today and in the future. Total Matching Dollars Available: $2000, Courtesy of two donors: Paul Miller and Mary Jane (Klein) Reiter.
→ Thank you, Paul Miller, for your $1,000 matching support of the Mahrer Support Fund.
→ Thank you, Mary Jane (Klein) Reiter, for your $1,000 matching support of the Mahrer Support Fund.
→ GIVING TUESDAY: $1,000 unlocked for the Mahrer Support Fund! Thank you, Stuart Sharpe!
→ GIVING TUESDAY: $250 unlocked for the Mahrer Support Fund! Thank you, Larry Katz!
Doug Drew WOUB Student Professional Development Fund
Former WOUB Student Doug Drew ’78 has established this fund to help current WOUB students enhance their skills and take their careers to the next level. By making a donation to the Doug Drew WOUB Student Professional Development Fund, you can help provide general support for professional development experiences for students involved with WOUB to prepare them for careers in media. The fund brings working professionals to WOUB for workshops and allows WOUB students to attend conferences and meetings to support their growth as media professionals.
→ Thank you, Matt and Melissa Rubel, for your $250 matching support of the Drew Professional Development Fund.
→ GIVING TUESDAY: $1,000 unlocked for the Drew Professional Development Fund! Thank you, Mark West!
→ GIVING TUESDAY: $250 unlocked for the Drew Professional Development Fund! Thank you, Larry Katz!
WOUB Center for Public Media
This fund supports the general operating budget of WOUB Public Media. As a member station of both NPR and PBS, WOUB Public Media is a trusted source of news, local content and educational resources that have proven to be worthy of the time, effort and support of our users. WOUB, an experiential-learning unit of the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, is a non-profit, community-supported multimedia organization which provides online and broadcast services, along with non-broadcast educational services and student professional development. WOUB serves 55 counties throughout southeastern Ohio, western West Virginia and eastern Kentucky with its broadcast signals. Through its support of public service, teaching, research and administrative missions, along with its high-quality local content and programming, WOUB enriches, enhances and expands the lives and horizons of the people in the communities it serves, as well as Ohio University faculty, staff and students.
Your generous gift during this campaign will show your support for the student experience at WOUB
Your gift matters now more than ever. Thank you for paying it forward!
Make a gift here, supporting this #WOUBProud Giving Tuesday crowdfunding campaign.
Mail a check (payable to The Ohio University Foundation) to The Ohio University Foundation, PO Box 869, Athens, OH 45701; be sure to write the name of the WOUB fund on the check memo line.
If you want to explore making a charitable gift to this campaign with a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA), giving via a Donor Advised Fund or stock transfer, please reach out to Sarah Schneider.
Talk with Amanda DeWees about a new, transformative gift to support WOUB and the student experience.
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