Member Services

GUIDE TO MEMBERSHIPS

When you become a member of YPR, your contribution goes right to work, helping us bring you nationally syndicated broadcasts as well as original, local productions that meet your interests and needs.  To help secure the very best of NPR and YPR’s programming, donate and become a member today!

Have you moved?  Has your credit or debit card number changed?  To update Membership information, contact Laura, Listener Support, at 406-657-2930 or laura.voight@ypradio.org.

SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIPS:  The best way to give to YPR…. Sustaining Memberships are ongoing monthly contributions.  Sustaining membership starts at just $5 a month -- fitting almost any budget.  Most sustainers choose to donate between $10 and $20 per month and many sustainers are able to donate at higher levels, up to $100 a month.  These contributions can be made directly either through an electronic transfer of funds from your checking or savings account or through your credit card.   Sustaining Memberships are the paperless way to support YPR

Changing a sustaining pledge is easy.  Just let us know if you'd like to increase your pledge, or to make any other changes to it.  Sustaining gifts can be canceled at any time.  Contact Laura, Listener Support, at 406-657-2930 or at laura.voight@ypradio.org to make any changes.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS:  Our most popular way of giving….  YPR supporters give donations to the station via check or credit card.  These donations are annual, offering a one-year membership from the time of donation.  However, many supporters give additional gifts, especially during our pledge drives in the Spring and Fall. 

Our Basic Membership starts at $40, with the Senior level at $20.  However, whatever you can give is appreciated.  Our donors give a wide range of amounts, ranging from $10 to $25,000, with the average gift being $135.  Each membership lasts for twelve months from the date of your pledge, and we hope that you renew your membership every year, staying an active member of the YPR family.  Reminders to renew begin going out a few months in advance of the anniversary of your gift.   You can renew on-line or by sending us back your renewal form with a check or credit card number.

Additional gifts made during the year (for example, during the pledge drives) do not affect the renewal date of your original membership gift.  So, even though it hasn’t been a year from your last donation, you will receive a renewal notice for the anniversary of your membership.  If your renewal notice crosses in the mail with your contribution, please accept our apologies and our sincerest thanks for renewing your support!  

All gifts to YPR are tax-deductible, as YPR is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.  Our Federal Tax ID# is: 81-042953.  In addition to the thank you card and program schedule that you will receive immediately after your gift has been made, tax receipts are mailed out in mid-January, and will contain the total monetary amount of your gift or gifts to YPR for the calendar year.  If you received a Thank You Gift for your donation, the value of that gift will be deducted from the monetary gift amount for tax purposes. 

Mindful that Thank You Gifts cost our station to order and send out, only about 15% of donors ask for a thank you gift.  And we thank You for that.  But we also encourage you to select one as they are our appreciation of your giving, and start with donations of $40 and up.  YPR members are the best, and we want to say Thank You to everyone!

Membership information such as your name, address and contact information will never be sold, exchanged or given to another entity.  We ask for it only for our own billing and contact needs.

MATCHING GIFTS:  It’s easy to double or even triple your gift to YPR!  Just check to see if your employer matches gifts to non-profits.  When you have your gift matched by your employer, you’re helping to bring more financial support to YPR.  By partnering with YPR, you’re also helping your employer make our community a better place to live.

If your employer matches gifts to non-profits, after you’ve made your donation, request a matching gift application and send it completed to YPR.  We’ll do the rest.  Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.   YPR’s EIN is 81-042593, and is for Friends of Public Radio Inc.  Mail matching gift applications to: Friends of Public Radio/ 1500 University Dr./ Billings, MT 59101. 

BECOME A "BISON CIRCLE" SUPPORTER:  Bison Circle Supporters are a distinct and growing group of donors that give at annual levels of $1500 or more.  You are invited to join the Bison Circle with a single gift of $1500 or more, or with multiple gifts that add up to $1500 or more during our fiscal year (July to June).  Bison Circle members are avid Yellowstone Public Radio listeners who make extraordinary gifts so others may also be touched by public radio’s programming, now and into the future.  They, along with all of our donors, have become an essential part of Yellowstone Public Radio’s success.  Also consider becoming a Sustaining Bison Circle supporter with convenient monthly or quarterly withdrawals.

Many Bison Circle Supporters donate by offering Challenge Matches during our Spring and Fall pledge weeks, at the level of $1000, $1500 or $2000.  For more information about becoming a Bison Circle member or on setting up a Challenge Match, contact our Director of Development, Jill Hirschi, at 406-657-2974 or jill.hirschi@ypradio.org.