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After the death of his husband, Daniel Kane, Darin Jensen (Oakland, CA) is sole-parenting the couple’s three children (from left to right) Jack, Ella, and Max. The photograph is from Speaking Grief, a public media initiative aimed at creating a more grief-aware society developed by WPSU with philanthropic and outreach support provided by New York Life Foundation. speakinggrief.org

Major Gifts

Our donors have created endowments to support favorite WPSU-produced TV and FM programming and to bring programs from around the globe to local audiences. They have established named internships for Penn State students at the station and even funded essential equipment to improve our broadcast quality.

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New York Life Foundation

With the New York Life Foundation’s generous gift of $585,000, WPSU created a ground-breaking project about grief. Our documentary Speaking Grief  has aired on 140 PBS–affiliated stations nationally.

Watch the Speaking Grief Trailer »

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Dr. Jean Brenchley

Professor’s estate gift supports Morning Edition and Science Friday forever.

“WPSU has been a mainstay for many years for me, and I am pleased to help continue the programs which have been so important to me for so many years.”

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Dr. Keiko Miwa Ross

Educational pioneer contributes $1 million for new transmitter system. This gift ensures that WPSU’s four television stations continue broadcasting to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania households.

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Kiko Miwa Ross

Dr. Keiko Miwa Ross

Keiko Miwa Ross, Penn State’s 2020 Philanthropist of the Year, has invested an additional $1 million to WPSU building upon her support for the station, including a gift last year to replace the aging WPSU transmitter. The WPSU television studio will bear her name, and she will also be honored in on-air spots.
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Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria

Earl Phillip Grote

Estate commitment gives priority to British dramas. The Earl Phillip Grote Programing Endowment will support WPSU-TV with a special emphasis on British dramas.


Donors who create endowments—invested funds of $25,000 or more that provide perpetual support—are recognized via 10-second on-air announcements every year on a special date of their choosing.

Named Endow-a-Day funds and recognition dates:

  • Bill and Honey Jaffe Performance Endowment (February 12)
  • Blake and Linda Gall Endowment (June 22)
  • Blair County Endowment (February 26)
  • Clara Lamade Robison Endowment for WPSU-FM (December 23)
  • David and Joyce Lee Local Programming Production Fund for WPSU-FM (July 25)
  • Dorothy R. and Edward G. Buss Endowment for WPSU-FM (May 7)
  • Dr. Jean E. Brenchley Endowment for WPSU-FM (March 6)
  • DuBois Area Endowment (June 18)
  • Environmental Programming Endowment (April 22)
  • Huntingdon County Endowment (September 20)
  • James H. Olay Family Endowment (September 12)
  • McKean County Endowment for WPSU-FM (March 26)
  • Robert K. and Jane W. Zimmerman Endowed Internship Fund (September 16)
  • Sidney and Helen S. Friedman Endowment (July 31)
  • Thomas F. and Sara H. Songer Family Endowment (April 4)
  • WPSU Endowment (March 1)

How to Give

You can designate a gift to TV, FM, or both or specific kinds of programming, including our digital initiatives, and even to other aspects of station operations, like internships for Penn State students.

Gifts can be funded in many ways – including IRAs, donor advised funds, estate plans, annuities, and trusts, stocks, bonds, and life insurance policies.