As a member of Detroit PBS, you gain an active role in determining the future of public television

Help us decide what stories to tell, which voices to amplify, and how to craft enriching experiences for the Detroit community. 

Detroit PBS supporters help enrich lives and inspire minds

Supporting Detroit PBS is vital because it fosters educational programming, cultivates cultural enrichment, and strengthens community engagement. By supporting Detroit PBS, you're not only promoting quality television that informs and inspires but also investing in a platform that bridges diverse perspectives, amplifies local voices, and empowers lifelong learning for all ages.

Your support ensures access to valuable content, fosters creativity, and contributes to the overall well-being and vitality of the community.

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Other ways to support Detroit PBS

Make a gift to Detroit PBS using stocks and securities.

If you’re looking for a meaningful way to recognize someone important to you, consider making a Tribute Donation to honor them through a one-time gift in their name.

Donate your unwanted vehicle or boat and support Detroit PBS.

For as low as $5 a month, you can significantly impact the kind of programming we offer. Monthly contributions are effortless—automatically deducted from your bank or credit card account.

The Society is not just a membership; it's a community. Gain access to unique experiences that embody our commitment to educate, entertain, and inspire.

Your child can enjoy a one-year membership with benefits like birthday cards, PBS character meet-and-greets, Birthday Buddies scroll and exclusive events.

Select from five program categories to direct your gift, ensuring that your donation funds the shows you care about the most.

Select from five program categories to direct your gift, ensuring that your donation funds the shows you care about the most.

When you partner with Detroit PBS, you're making a public declaration of your values, aligning your brand with a trusted community institution that reaches thousands of viewers daily. It’s not just a sponsorship; it's a partnership in educating, entertaining, and inspiring our community.

Did you know that one in ten donors can have their donations matched? You can double your donation in just thirty seconds!

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Perks of Joining Detroit PBS Passport

Here's what your $5 unlocks

Watch new specials and currently airing PBS shows

Stream on and the PBS App on all devices

Enjoy Live TV from your local station

Catch-up on the Latest Articles and public affairs programs like PBS NewsHour and Frontline

Get extended access to past seasons of PBS shows like NOVA and Great Performances

Stream early releases of new series like All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece

Binge watch your favorite PBS shows like Downton Abbey on Masterpiece and Ken Burns films


Get to Know the Nuts and Bolts

All your questions about sustaining membership and donations answered here.

On average, it takes about six to eight (6-8) weeks for you to receive your bonus item (DVD, CDs, tote bags, etc.) after making a donation. We try to pre-order a small quantity of most items before each drive to expedite delivery, but availability and demand sometimes result in delays. We do mail most items at the first-class rate, and we usually ship “combo” items separately. We’ll try to let you know if there will be a delivery delay.

Gifts sent to Canada are shipped First Class via the Canadian postal service. By law, we must include a Customs Declaration, including a description of the gift and its fair market value. Please note you may be required to pay a duty upon arrival of the gift.

We realize it can be frustrating when a program that you’re fond of disappears for the several weeks of pledge specials. Very few shows produce fifty-two (52) weeks a year of new material and in many cases, the shows are not timed or formatted for fundraising purposes by the producers. Programs are selected to air during pledge drives, not only for their ability to entertain or enlighten, but their potential to generate contributions.

As more viewers join you as Detroit PBS members, they support the programs that we enjoy all year round. We try to minimize the disruption of your favorites by limiting pledge days to approximately 75 days per year so that you have almost 300 days a year pledge-free.

The most likely answer to that is our notices and your payments are just crossing in the mail. If you believe your account is in error, please contact Member Services at (248)-305-3900 or Contact Us!

Pledge drives are unbeatable when it comes to encouraging new members to join Detroit PBS in the least costly way. When viewers just finish watching a program that they feel is worthy of support, they are strongly motivated to make a contribution. Pledge drives make it easy for current members to renew and for other viewers to join.

During our approximately 75 days per year of televised fundraising, we’re able to generate nearly half of our contributions from individuals.

The charge on your credit card is a donation to Detroit PBS. The “thank-you” gift that you requested is a “thank you” for your financial support of Detroit PBS. We always try to send your thank-you gift as soon as possible, but generally expect your gift within 3-6 weeks.

Your support of local public media is so valuable – thank you!
All members paying via credit card or checking account will not need to make any changes, the transfer will happen seamlessly. If you have a habit of sending checks to Detroit PBS, we will still be able to accept them for a limited time. Details on how to support Detroit PBS can be found here.

Canadian residents may receive a tax break if they have a source of taxable income from the United States. Detroit PBS is a U.S. non-profit organization, and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law if you itemize on a U.S. 1040 form. You must deduct the fair market value of any bonus item received for deductions. Please consult your tax advisor.

Because our bank is in the United States, all charge card pledges are automatically charged in U.S. funds. We cannot take charges in Canadian funds. We appreciate all donations, but we do buy all our programming and services with U.S. dollars. However, on checks from Canada, you can either specify U.S. funds, or we will accept them at par if you would like to pay that way.

All broadcast content remains available to all viewers on air per our broadcast schedule and will remain online and on mobile for at least two weeks and, in some cases, longer. We believe the new arrangement allows for ample viewing of excellent content, albeit for a more limited time for some programs.