The charitable group’s 2012 Holiday Giving Campaign is designed to be “a safety net for our most destitute colleagues, many of whom have nowhere else to turn,” according to President Jim Thompson.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America, the nationwide charity that provides aid to broadcasters in acute need, has launched its 2012 Holiday Giving Campaign.
The campaign asks broadcasters to spread the word about the mission of the foundation to those who may need its assistance, and encourages donations and memberships at www.broadcastersfoundation.org, or by calling 212-373-8250.
Often a last refuge, the Broadcasters Foundation has helped families remain in their homes and made it possible for retirees to afford life-sustaining medications. Last year, the foundation disbursed more than $675,000 in assistance — a 35% increase over the previous year, and more requests for aid arrive every day, the group says.
“The Broadcasters Foundation exists solely to provide financial relief to broadcasters in need,” says Phil Lombardo, chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “These are individuals who we have worked with over the years, and whose lives have been devastated by unthinkable circumstances. Aid from the Broadcasters Foundation can be life-saving, in many cases. I urge every broadcaster to consider making a donation or becoming a member.”
Jim Thompson, president of the Broadcasters Foundation, adds: “The Broadcasters Foundation is a safety net for our most destitute colleagues, many of whom have nowhere else to turn. With help from individuals and corporations in our industry, these hard-working broadcasters are not alone — the Broadcasters Foundation can be there when they need us most.”
Over the past 60 years, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars in aid to hundreds of broadcasters who lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen family tragedy. In addition, one-time emergency grants are provided in the aftermath of a devastating circumstance or natural disaster, like the Joplin tornadoes and Hurricane Sandy.
Individual membership is $150 a year.