WILL Marathon 2019

Make your pledge for the WILL Marathon.
WILL Pledge MarathonThis pledge drive has raised 137.21% of its $150,000.00 goal!
Friends of WILL have donated $205,820.00 toward our $150,000.00 goal!

The WILL Marathon is about the community coming together to support strong independent news, great classical music, and diverse programming with less on-air fundraising. So, why not make it a relay? This year, in true team spirit, we're racing to fit a whole week’s worth of fundraising into just 26.2 hours… together!

Join us on April 16 as we all come together in teams, as a community to ensure public media remains a strong part of central Illinois. We hope 600 Friends will join or renew their commitment to #TeamWILL this year and help us beat last year’s PR of $140,000 raised.

You don’t have to wait until April 16 to make a gift either, you can support the WILL Marathon relay right now!

As a member of #TeamWILL, we encourage you to help spread the word about the WILL Marathon by becoming a Team Captain. After you make your gift (or if you’ve already made a gift), pass the team baton to those around you and let them know they, too, have a key role to play in keeping public media running strong!

And as a team Captain, if three other donors mention you by name or use your email to donate, we’ll send you this WILL-themed water bottle! See below for a template to use when inviting your friends to join Team WILL. 

If you would like to make a gift membership to bring other people on board, you can do that as well.


Hello friends,

On April 16, Illinois Public Media is hosting the third annual WILL Marathon fund drive. As a proud member of Team WILL, I’d like to invite you to join my team by making a gift to support great local public media. WILL is racing to fit an entire week’s worth of on air fundraising into just 26.2hours, and they are asking me to help them get off to a head start by putting together a team of supporters.

The WILL Marathon is about the community coming together to support strong independent news, great classical music, diverse programming and community engagement with less on-air fundraising. I strongly believe in the mission of public media and hope that you’ll join me in helping to keep this vibrant resource an important part of our community.

To make a gift of support and for more information about Illinois Public Media and the WILL Marathon go to will.illinois.edu/team. And don’t forget to mention that I referred you!



Newman's Own Foundation logoWe are excited to announce Newman’s Own Foundation is once again joining #TeamWILL by offering a matching gift to help support the third annual WILL Marathon! The foundation is providing $50,000 for a dollar-for-dollar match during the marathon and are encouraging other donors to contribute to help grow the match even further.

Stay tuned as we announce our final matching gift total before April 16.

“Paul Newman believed that the independent voice played a critical role in making our world a better place,” said Robert Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation. “We are proud to uphold his values through our longstanding support of public broadcasting, and specifically through our funding of WILL.”

More information about Newman’s Own Foundation.

As a way to say thank you for joining Team WILL, we offer a variety of gifts. Show off your team spirit today!

The 2019 WILL Marathon shirt - $10/month or $120
The 21st socks - $6/month or $72
                                  WILL hoodie (your choice of style) - $12.50/month or $120