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Thankful for Our Sustainers - A Post from AETN's Executive Director

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  • Allen Weatherly
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Become an AETN Sustainer 

During this season of family, friends and thankfulness, I'd like to take a moment to thank our supporters for making everything we do possible. Your continued support of the Arkansas PBS Foundaion allows us to deliver the best in educational programming and services to people across Arkansas.

In our commitment to be fiscally transparent, when we want to share the ways your donations make a difference. At this time, we particularly want to share how much programming actually costs and why your steady stream of support makes such a significant impact in the work that we do. Take, for example, one of our new series, "Doc Martin." This series costs nearly $5,000 to air in the fall alone!

The much beloved British comedies that air on weeknights and Saturdays evenings total more than $30,000 each year.

Meanwhile, our children's programming lineup, from "Sesame Street" to "Clifford the Big Red Dog," adds up to almost $430,000 per year for broadcasting rights alone.

As a whole, the PBS programming that you know and love costs AETN more than $1.1 million annually. That does not include costs fro the dozens of locally produced programs for and about Arkansas that average about $23,000 per production.

In these instances alone, I believe you can see why we say that your donations are essential to the survival and success of public service media in Arkansas. And, that's why I'd like to present you with another option that might fit in your personal giving plan.

The Arkansas PBS Foundaion has chosen this season of thanksgiving to ask for sustainer gifts from new and dedicated members alike. Our sustainers - AETN lovers we count on who choose to make a steady, monthly donation (in the amount of their choosing) to the Arkansas PBS Foundaion - are vitally important to the work we do. Your consistent support provides the stability we need to excel!

If you love AETN and are interested in becoming a sustainer, the process is really quite easy - just follow this link to the Arkansas PBS Foundaion website and indicate the donation amount you'd like to give each month. To make the process simple for you we've made it possible to deposit your monthly gift directly each month into the Arkansas PBS Foundaion account. There are no checks to write, no hassle, and - if for any reason you need to change your gift - we're only a phone call away!

We appreciate all levels of giving - from a one-time gift of $5 to a monthly gift of $5 - and we understand that you expect AETN and the Arkansas PBS Foundaion to be good stewards of your hard earned dollars. If you ever have any questions about how your donations are used, please don't hesitate to email, call, write to or visit us.

Thank you, again, for all of your support and for considering the sustainability of public service media in Arkansas.