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Donor Recognition Societies

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NPR offers recognition societies to acknowledge and thank NPR and collaborative Member station donors who help advance our shared mission through generous financial support. Society members enjoy a number of benefits, including invitations to events, various personalized experiences and special NPR communications.

NPR also is proud to recognize generous public radio donors with broadcast, digital, and physical recognition. These opportunities help reinforce to the larger public radio audience that support from individuals, foundations and corporations, is crucial to advancing the work of NPR and our Member stations.

For more information about this, please contact Anne Gorman at NPRDonorCommunications@NPR.org.

Broadcast recognition

Gifts of $100,000 and up will be recognized with a schedule of on-air messages across NPR programming, in accordance with FCC and IRS regulations.

Digital recognition

Gifts of $250,000 and up will be recognized with online banners which appear across all pages on NPR.org for philanthropic partners, in accordance with FCC and IRS regulations.

Physical recognition

Gifts of $100,000 and up will be recognized on the donor wall in NPR's lobby. Gifts of $300,000 or more will be recognized on the donor wall as well as with a named space in the building. This recognition will be in place for 10 years after the gift is made.


1970 Society

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Donors who contribute at least $10,000,000 (through a single gift or multi-year pledge up to 5 years) are members of the 1970 Society, symbolizing the year NPR was established. Benefits of this society include:

  • Customized one-day experience with an international correspondent in select cities
  • "1970 Society" lapel pin
  • Benefits of the NPR Founding Mothers Society and Storyteller's Society
  • Broadcast, digital and physical recognition

NPR Founding Mothers Society

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Donors who contribute at least $5,000,000 (through a single gift or multi-year pledge up to 5 years) are members of the Founding Mothers Society, recognizing public radio legends Cokie Roberts, Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg and Linda Wertheimer, who represent NPR's beginning and have shared their voices with the nation for over 40 years. Benefits of this society include:

  • Four complimentary tickets to NPR's annual signature event, Weekend in Washington, and a feature on the "donor spotlight" page in the printed program
  • Invitation to the Weekend in Washington "President's Dinner"
  • Invitation to provide a video donor testimonial on NPR.org
  • Benefits of the NPR Founding Mothers Society
  • Broadcast, digital and physical recognition

Storytellers Society


Donors who contribute at least $1,000,000 (through a single gift or multi-year pledge up to 3 years) are members of the Storytellers Society, representing NPR's history of audio connecting our audiences. Benefits of this society include:

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  • Two complimentary tickets to Weekend in Washington, NPR's annual signature event
  • Special pictorial and name recognition at Weekend in Washington
  • Invitation to be a one-time guest of NPR at the White House Correspondents' Dinner (while opportunities last)
  • Invitation to provide a written donor testimonial for NPR.org
  • Broadcast, digital and physical recognition

Pillars of NPR


Donors who contribute at least $500,000 in a fiscal year are Pillars of NPR, named for the historic structure of NPR's DC headquarters. Benefits of this society include:

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  • Special pictorial and name recognition at Weekend in Washington, NPR's annual signature event
  • Invitation to participate in "Direct Connect" sessions with executive level newsroom leaders, based on scheduling
  • Invitation to provide a donor testimonial for In Focus, the NPR donor newsletter
  • Broadcast, digital and physical recognition

1111 Society

Donors who contribute at least $100,000 in a fiscal year are members of the 1111 Society, representing NPR's main newsroom location in our global headquarters. Benefits of this society include:

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  • One-on-one time with editorial heads of major NPR news desks: Science, International Coverage, National Coverage, Arts and Culture, Technology & Innovation, based on schedule
  • "NPR in History," a custom archive of NPR reporting of a moment in history
  • Invitations to VIP headquarters tours with NPR leadership or journalists
  • Broadcast recognition

On-Air Voices

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Donors who contribute at least $50,000 in a fiscal year are On-Air Voices. Benefits of this society include:

  • Annual narrative and financial impact report
  • Invitations to regional events
  • Special email announcements about NPR news and updates
  • Invitations to Talent Talks for virtual behind-the-scenes conversations with journalists

Joan B. Kroc Circle

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In honor of Joan B. Kroc, whose bequest to NPR was the largest gift in public radio history, The Joan B. Kroc Legacy Circle represents donors who have established charitable annuities, life income agreements, bequest intentions or other planned gifts to benefit NPR at least $1,000,000. Benefits of this society include:

  • Two complimentary tickets to Weekend in Washington, NPR's annual signature event
  • Special pictorial and name recognition at Weekend in Washington
  • Broadcast, digital and physical recognition

NPR Legacy Society

NPR Legacy Society recognizes generous planned giving donors who have established charitable annuities, life income agreements, bequest intentions or other planned gifts at any amount to benefit NPR. In addition to gift level benefits, members benefits include:

  • Special Society invitation from NPR leadership
  • Invitation to provide a written donor testimonial for NPR.org
  • Society meetings