Smith Family Leadership Circle

Build Understanding of a Changing World Through Trusted Programming

Amplify Impact: Capacity & Context

Being a part of the Smith Family Leadership Circle is a pledge—your gifts of $10,000 or more annually empower Detroit PBS to unearth the myriad layers of our community and offer high-caliber programming.

Choose to direct your investment towards one of these pillars of excellence:

  • Richard C. Devereaux Foundation Fund for Energy & Environment
  • Cynthia & Edsel Ford Fund for Journalism
  • Lauren and Phillip Fisher Fund for Children & Education
  • The A. Paul and Carol C. Schaap Foundation Fund for Arts & Culture
  • Health & Wellness
To honor Bill and Patsy is to act. To act is to transform.
Become a Smith Family Circle Leadership Member Today

Smith Family Leadership Circle Giving Levels

William and Patsy Smith Leadership Circle


  • Subscription to Detroit PBS Passport on-demand streaming access
  • Invitation to Society for Excellence events
  • Recognition in our Annual Report

President’s Circle

$25,000 – $49,999

All benefits listed in William and Patsy Smith leadership Circle, plus:

  • Invitation to President’s Circle Luncheon*
  • On-air recognition in an individual spot four times per year around available programming of your choice

Chairman’s Circle


All benefits listed in the President’s Circle, plus:

  • Invitation to a personal discussion with Detroit PBS President and CEO and Board of Trustee Chair*
  • On-air recognition in an individual spot eight times per year around available programming of your choice

Consider the impact naming a pillar of excellence will have on audiences and lives

A five-year pledge of $200,000 creates the capacity to investigate significant issues facing our region, determine our best position for responding to the community’s needs and launch a mature product that shows demonstrable impact in an area that you are passionate about. Opportunity exists in the Arts and Culture and Health and Wellness Pillars.

Get In Touch

For more information on the Smith Family Leadership Circle, please contact your dedicated staff member or Jenna Moritz, Director Philanthropic Giving at


Act today. Continue the legacy. Be the change.