Nebraska Public Media Foundation Merger FAQs

On May 15, 2021, NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations rebranded to become Nebraska Public Media. Through June 30, 2021, donations will still support our legal 501(c)(3) nonprofits – the NET Foundation for Television (#23-7122088) and the NET Foundation for Radio (#47-0588533). Starting July 1, our two foundations will merge, creating the Nebraska Public Media Foundation (#86-2239027). No changes are needed on your part. Your donations will continue to support the same quality programming and organization.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are the Foundations merging?

As the media landscape continues to evolve and fragment, it has become difficult to clearly separate television from radio content. It has been more than 10 years since our last rebrand, media has changed significantly. Nebraska Public Media operates as a single entity across television, radio, online, education and emerging media. Often a single piece of content will be produced and used on more than one of these media platforms. Merging our nonprofit foundations helps streamline funding for all of Nebraska Public Media programming and production expenses, which will help us provide better overall programming for you.

For example, Speaking of Nebraska airs on television, is heard on radio and is streamed online; our PlainStory podcast is audio content, but airs on neither TV nor radio; and our State Government coverage is streamed online, aired on World and reported on radio.

Do donations support TV or Radio? (Applicable from 5/15/2021 – 6/30/2021)

Nebraska Public Media operates as a single organization, and all donations made to Nebraska Public Media will support the organization as a whole, including our television and radio programming. There will continue to be two separate 501(c)(3) organizations until June 30, 2021– NET Foundation for Television (#23-7122088) and NET Foundation for Radio (#47-0588533).

Do donations support TV or Radio? (Applicable after 7/1/2021)

Nebraska Public Media operates as a single organization, and all donations made to the Nebraska Public Media Foundation (#86-2239027) will support the organization as a whole, including our programming on television, radio, online and other emerging medias.

After 7/1/2021, you can make your donations to the Nebraska Public Media Foundation or simply to Nebraska Public Media.

Can I designate membership gifts to either TV or Radio?

No. All membership gifts go to support the Nebraska Public Media Foundation (#86-2239027). These donations support the programming on television, radio, online and on other emerging medias, providing you and other Nebraskans with more of the quality programming that you expect.

Can I designate estate gifts to either TV or Radio?

Yes. If you choose to include Nebraska Public Media Foundation in your will or estate plan, thank you! You are able to designate your gift to the organization as a whole, to television or to radio. For additional questions, please contact John Knape at 402.470.6351.

What will my tax statement look like for my donations?

For all donations made prior to July 1, 2021, your tax statement will reflect our standard split of your donation to the NET Foundation for Television (#23-7122088) and NET Foundation for Radio (#47-0588533).

For all donations made on or after July 1, 2021, your tax statement will note that your donation goes to the Nebraska Public Media Foundation (#86-2239027).

We send thank you letters with tax information immediately following each donation for one-time gifts.

Sustainers receive a tax statement each January that reflects total giving during the previous calendar year. In January 2022, you may see giving amounts for all three of the foundations noted above.

I have more questions. Who should I ask?

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Nebraska Public Media Customer Service:

800.634.6788

customerservice@NebraskaPublicMedia.org

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CT