WILL Marathon

From everyone here at Illinois Public Media, THANK YOU! With the help of almost 500 Friends of WILL along with the generous matching grant from Newman’s Own Foundation and WILL major donors, we were able to reach a personal best of more than $140,000 raised in 26.2 hours during the WILL Marathon. That’s the power of #TeamWILL!

WILL Marathon Keep Public Media Running by giving now

 

On Tuesday, April 10, it’s the return of the WILL Marathon—a community effort to support strong independent news, great classical music, and diverse programming with less on-air fundraising. In true marathon spirit, we're once again racing to fit a whole week’s worth of fundraising into just 26.2 hours.

Join #TeamWILL, download, print, and share today!

Last year’s marathon was a huge success—we saw a 40% increase in the money we raised and a huge increase in the number of donors. So this year we are shooting for a personal best of raising $130,000 with the help of more than 600 Friends of WILL.

You don’t have to wait until April 10 to make your gift of support though – help us get a head start by making your donation today at willpledge.org!

And as a member of #TeamWILL, you can also help spread the word about the WILL Marathon. Find out how you can join #TeamWILL today and let those around you know YOU help keep public media running!

Need more information? Check out the full WILL Marathon FAQ.

 

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Help keep public media running

The WILL Marathon is a chance for #TeamWILL (that’s YOU!) to make a huge difference in a short period of time by helping to keep public media running strong here in central Illinois. You don’t have to wait for April 10 either, you can join #TeamWILL by renewing your gift, increasing your sustaining gift, or making a first time donation today at willpledge.org.

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Now that you are a member of #TeamWILL, you can help spread the word about the WILL Marathon and the importance of supporting great public media. Start by downloading the "I Keep Public Media Running" card. Display it proudly at your desk. Snap a quick selfie with it and share it on social media. Let those around you know YOU help keep public media running!

You can also get your very own “I Keep Public Media Running” shirt with your gift of $120 at willpledge.org. Then snap a selfie of you sporting this year’s shirt and share it on social media. Explain why you believe in the power of local public media and how you play a role in keeping it running. Or even better, make sure to wear the shirt while you are out and about in the community. Let people know YOU help keep public media running, and they can too!

 

WILL Marathon FAQ

What is the WILL Marathon?

The WILL Marathon is a community effort to support high-quality news, unparalleled arts programming, great classical music, essential early childhood educational tools and programming—with less on-air fundraising. In order to keep more focus on our programming and make sure more of it’s available to you, we’re racing to fit a whole week’s worth of fundraising into 26.2 hours. Our goal is to reach $130,000 by 9:01 AM on April 11. It’s also a chance for #TeamWILL to make a huge difference in a short period of time by creating a brighter future for public media in central Illinois.

When is the WILL Marathon?

Join us at the starting line at 6:49 am on Tuesday, April 10, as we kick off our race to the finish line. Help us keep the momentum going throughout the subsequent 26.2 hours so we can cross the Friends Finish Line together in a blaze of fundraising glory at 9:01 am on Wednesday, April 11. Also, in celebration of an impressive #TeamWILL triumph, we hope you will join us from 7-9:30 am at the Friends Finish Line, just inside Friends Plaza at Campbell Hall, for a coffee and bagel bash presented by Einstein Bros. Bagels.

Why is the WILL Marathon important?

The WILL Marathon is a team effort to give in support of great public media and the many ways it enriches our lives but with less interruptions of your favorite programs. Not only are we hoping to raise support in short period of time, we also want to build awareness of Illinois Public Media and our powerful mission for the central Illinois community.

How do I help keep public media running?

It’s easy. You don’t have to wait for the WILL Marathon on April 10, you can join #TeamWILL by renewing your gift, increasing your sustaining gift, or making a first time donation right now at willpledge.org.

Now that you are a member of #TeamWILL, you can help spread the word about the WILL Marathon and the importance of supporting great public media. Start by downloading the "I Keep Public Media Running" card. Display it proudly at your desk. Snap a quick selfie with it and share it on social media. Let those around you know YOU help keep public media running! You can also get your very own “I Keep Public Media Running” shirt with your gift of $120 at willpledge.org.

With #TeamWILL’s help, we will be able to cross the Friends Finish Line, making this extra-short drive a huge success!

How else can I help?

Your voice is the most powerful tool in helping us reach a new personal record during the second annual WILL Marathon. Post about the WILL Marathon on all of your social networks using #TeamWILL. Tell the world why you believe in public media’s missions and how you personally play a role in keeping it running! Then tune in on April 10 to help us cross the Friends Finish Line.

Will my gift today count towards the WILL Marathon?

Yes! Pledge now and you'll give us a head start. Or come back and pledge on Tuesday, April 10. Either way, when you make a gift through willpledge.org, you're helping us create a new strategy for fundraising success.

Will my gift during the WILL Marathon be tax-deductible?

Yes, your gift to WILL is fully tax-deductible, minus the fair market value of any Thank You Gifts requested.

Can I make a recurring gift?

You sure can! Choose the "Sustaining" option and support WILL as a Sustainer. Then, we’ll count the amount you’ll give over the next 12 months toward the goal. If you’re already a sustainer, this is a great time to consider increasing your monthly gift or making an additional one-time gift!

I still have questions—how can I get in touch?

Email us at will-membership@illinois.edu or call us at 800-898-1065.