Membership FAQ

Why should I be a member of WBAA?

WBAA Public Radio’s mission is to enrich lives with services and programs that engage, educate, and entertain our community.  We realize this mission through a distinctive variety of radio programming. Member donations are a significant part of our funding.  When you become a WBAA member with your financial gift, you join a community of listeners who are directly responsible for keeping radio that matters on the air.  Every gift of support counts toward this goal of remaining listener-supported public radio!

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How long does my membership last?

There are two membership options.

One-Time Gift: You may make a gift at any time, and your WBAA membership is current for 12 months after you make a contribution. We'll send you a renewal letter a few months before that time. However, we always like to extend the opportunity to make an additional gift to the station, so you will receive notices in both spring and fall through the mail.

Sustaining Member: Sustaining members make on-going monthly gifts with no renewal required. Becoming a sustaining member provides regular, reliable support for the programs you count on, reduces on-air fundraising, and saves valuable resources.

Why did I receive another reminder when I already sent my payment?

Sometimes your payment is credited to your membership file after we send renewal notices or pledge reminders for that month. If your contribution and our reminder cross in the mail, please disregard the reminder and accept our apologies and sincerest thanks for your support. If you have other concerns with your membership please contact us at (765) 494-5920 or

How do I make a contribution?

The fastest, most convenient way to make a gift to WBAA is online with a one time gift or sustaining membership. If you prefer, you may also mail your gift to WBAA at 712 Third Street, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2005, or make a gift by phone by calling (765) 494-5920. Checks should be made payable to Purdue Foundation with WBAA in the memo line.

What is the recommended contribution for a WBAA membership?

WBAA friends may make a gift at any level and all donations are greatly appreciated. If you are able to make a gift at the $120 level or up, you will receive the WBAA MemberCard with dining and other discounts.

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Is my contribution tax-deductible?

Your gift to WBAA is tax-deductible to the extent allowable by U. S. law, minus the fair market value of any thank you gifts you received. We will send you an acknowledgement letter for your contribution that can be saved for tax purposes.

My employer participates in the employee matching gift program. How do I enroll?

You may be able to double or even triple your donation to WBAA. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, WBAA is eligible for many employers' Corporate Matching Gifts programs. Check with your Human Resources Department for their procedures. Purdue offers information and some forms online as well.

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Can I give a WBAA membership as a gift?

Gift memberships are a great way to encourage your friends and family to support their community public radio station. Simply select Gift Membership as the gift type when you give online, and use the comments box to enter the recipient's name and mailing address. The recipient will receive the membership benefits along with a notification that they're received your gift.

How can I include WBAA in my estate plans?

There are many options for making a planned gift to WBAA Public Radio. We can work with you to identify how to best match your passion for public radio with a need or opportunity at WBAA. Please contact our development office at (765) 496-7794, for additional information.

More information about making a planned gift.

How can I change or remove my mailing address?

If you move, please contact us at (765) 494-5920 or with both your old and new mailing addresses so that we can update our records and avoid duplicate records in the future.

I am a Sustaining Member. Am I still able to receive thank you gifts and membership benefits?

Sustaining members receive a special thank-you gift at the beginning of each year. Membership benefits apply according to your annual gift amount.

What is your Privacy Policy?

Your contact information will be used for WBAA communications with regard to your membership. WBAA Public Radio does not share donor information with other organizations outside of Purdue University.