About the AETN Foundation

AETN relies on the financial support of viewers like you to provide funding for our educational, informative and entertaining programming. Donations pay for the general audience programming enjoyed by thousands of viewers all over Arkansas and in surrounding states. Please make your tax-deductible donation right now by visiting aetnfoundation.org/membership or by calling 1-800-662-2386.

Official Documents

AETN Foundation Board members

2016-2017

  • Dr. Linda Beene Ballard (Chair)
    Sr. Vice President, Martin-Wilbourn Partners
  • Kirby Williams (Vice Chair)
    Marketing/PR Consultant
  • Mike Rohrer (Secretary/Treasurer)
    COO, Better Business Bureau of Arkansas
  • Skip Holland (Commission Representative)
    Financial Advisor
  • Dan Farley - Retired Executive Director, Arkansas School Boards Association
  • Philip Kaplan - Attorney
  • Dr. S. Lynne Rich - Assistant Professor, UCA
  • Allen Weatherly - AETN/AETN Foundation Executive Director
  • Mrs. Kay Bland - Retired Educator
  • Ronnie Williams - Vice President for Student Services, UCA

About Your Membership

By becoming an AETN Foundation donor, you're supporting our mission to educate, enrich and inspire by helping provide quality uninterrupted programming for the entire state. Our evening and weekend programming is paid for by voluntary donations, which account for 25% of AETN's budget. Your contribution is tax deductible, and you'll receive AETN's monthly program guide for a full year with any donation of $45 or more ($35 or more for senior citizens and full-time students.)

All major credit cards are accepted, or you can pay by check or money order or sign up for our AutoCheck bank draft program. Our donation forms are safe and secure, and are verified by VeriSign. If you need any help, email membership@aetn.org or call 1(800) 662-2386.

If you would like to join our family of friends, thousands of people all across the state who support quality public television, please fill out the online pledge form or call 1-800-662-2386, ext. 20, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Your membership contribution is tax-deductible (less the fair market value of any thank-you gifts).

You will also receive a year's subscription to our monthly program guide. The program guide includes detailed listings of our programs (so you can plan to watch your favorites), in addition to interesting articles and information.

Sustained Giving

Sustained giving guarantees a dependable base of support. Your recurring contributions are automatic and appreciated.

One-time Donations

AETN relies on the financial support of viewers like you to provide funding for our educational, informative and entertaining programming. Donations pay for the general audience programming enjoyed by thousands of viewers all over Arkansas.

Thank You Gifts

Any contribution of $45 or more ($35 or more for senior citizens and full-time students) entitles you to receive a THANK YOU gift. It's a small token from us to show our appreciation for your love and support of our services to you.

Your Contribution

Your contribution is tax-deductible (less the fair market value of any thank-you gifts). You will also receive a year's subscription to our monthly program guide. The program guide includes detailed listings of our programs, interesting articles, and information about AETN activities.

AETN Passport On-Demand Streaming Video Member Benefit

AETN Passport offers members extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. AETN Passport provides donors access to current and archival programs from both PBS and AETN and is available via AETN.org, PBS.org and other digital platforms. AETN Passport is available to AETN Foundation donors who contribute at least $60 annually or $5 or more monthly.

To confirm whether you are already eligible for access, call 800-662-2386 or email membership@aetn.org.

Already have your code? Get started here: pbs.org/passport
If you have trouble accessing AETN Passport, you may contact PBS support at 855-805-2386, M-F 10am-11pm Eastern.

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How will AETN spend your donation?

Your generous donation to the AETN Foundation will go directly to our programming budget. Programming is expensive and comprises a large percentage of our annual budget. Your membership will help defray those programming costs and will help assure that the outstanding local, national and international programming you depend on here at AETN will continue to grow and flourish.

If you elect to receive a thank you gift, it will be taken from your donation, as will the cost of mailing and other simple costs of maintaining your membership. However, the bulk of your donation will ensure that your favorite programs have a long life here in Arkansas.

If you have any questions about this or any other AETN matter, please call our Membership Manager, Pat Pearce at 1-800-662-2386, extension 48, or email ppearce@aetn.org.

If you have questions regarding our web site security, please read our "Privacy Policy" and "Donor Bill of Rights" below.

Thank you for visiting our site and for your continued support of public broadcasting.

Mailing Policy

The AETN Foundation is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization providing non-governmental support to the Arkansas Educational Telecommunications Network. The AETN Foundation will adhere to all federal, state and local laws.

The AETN Foundation will also comply with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting guidelines for list activities. These guidelines require AETN to annually certify compliance with laws and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service regarding tax-exempt status, and with all federal laws and regulations governing political activity and lobbying.

As an institution of public service based on the voluntary financial support of Arkansans, the AETN Foundation will follow these guidelines for the use(s) of mail lists:

  • The AETN Foundation will not sell, rent, lease, trade, loan, donate, transfer or exchange the membership contribution list.
  • The AETN Foundation will not rent or purchase any mailing list that is politically affiliated including, but not limited to, political organizations, campaigns and committees.
  • The AETN Foundation will ensure that any company doing business with AETN will adhere to and abide by these policies.
  • The AETN Foundation will also ensure that any company doing business with AETN which requires said company having access to AETN's membership contribution list will return any printed copies or computer discs containing AETN's membership contribution list to AETN upon completion of the job.
  • The AETN Foundation will also ensure that any company doing business with AETN which requires said company having access to AETN's membership contribution list will use said list only for services agreed upon.

Privacy Policy

The AETN Foundation will use donor provided information only for AETN communications. We will never share any of your information with any other organization.

Donor Bill of Rights

Each nonprofit organization holds a public trust to improve the quality of life. Likewise, philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, the AETN Foundation accepts several guiding principles that all donors have the right to.

Guiding Priniciples

Each nonprofit organization holds a public trust to improve the quality of life. Likewise, philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, the AETN Foundation accepts several guiding principles that all donors have the right to...

  • Be informed of AETN's mission, of the way the AETN Foundation intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • Be informed of the identity of those serving on the AETN Foundation governing board and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsiblities.
  • Have access to the AETN Foundation's most recent financial statements.
  • Be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • Receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
  • Be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  • Be assured that privileged or confidential information about themselves and their giving will not be disclosed to unathorized parties outside of the AETN Foundation.
  • Expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  • Be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  • Feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
  • Ensure that all solicitation materials are accurate and correctly reflect the AETN Foundation's mission and use of solicited funds.
  • Receive informed, accurate and ethical advice about the value and tax implication of potential gifts.
  • Give their consent before the AETN Foundation might alter the conditions of a gift.
  • Know that their names will not be sold, rented, leased, traded, loaned, donated, transferred or exchanged from AETN Foundation donor lists.
  • Know with confidence that the AETN Foundation will use accurate and consistent generally accepted accounting methods that conform to the appropriate guidelines adopted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).