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WETA - Washington's source for trustworthy television and inspirational classical music.

Local, not-for-profit public broadcasting station, WETA serves the Greater Washington community, producing and broadcasting radio and television programs of intellectual integrity and cultural merit that inspire, enlighten and entertain.

Why should I support your work?

As a public, not-for-profit broadcaster, WETA counts on individual viewers and listeners for more than half of its day-to-day operating funds. Your contribution helps support the production and broadcast of programs that are available to all members of our community, including educational outreach in schools and other institutions across the area.

Why does your charity exist?

WETA’s mission is to produce and broadcast television and radio programs of intellectual integrity and cultural merit that recognize viewers’ and listeners’ intelligence, curiosity and interest in the world around them. As an independent and not-for-profit broadcaster and producer, WETA provides individuals in the wider Metropolitan area with quality, compelling programs and serves a broad community with educational projects and Web-based initiatives.

What have you accomplished?

In addition to being the sole broadcaster of beautiful classical music in the Washington region, Classical WETA 90.9 FM is also the only source in local radio for opera, and live and recorded classical concerts from venues in our area.

For 50 years, WETA TV has provided compelling, in-depth programs that not only enrich and enlighten but also inspire many individuals to become informed and vital contributors to their communities. We broadcast four, free over-the-air TV signals for area viewers: WETA TV 26, WETA HD, WETA Create and WETA Kids.

How can I be sure you’ll use my money wisely?

Our cost of fundraising is consistent over time (around 16.6%), with the largest portion going directly into production, broadcast and other operating needs.  Our Board of Trustees is a body of community members whose over-riding responsibility is to ensure proper stewarding of the organization’s resources.  To review our independent audit financial statements, please refer to the following link on