A sustaining membership is one that automatically renews each year. It is the most convenient and effective way to support the listening you’ll do on-air and the public radio content you seek out online. Sustaining membership:
- creates a steady income stream to fund the NPR news and music you rely on
- decreases the amount of time needed for on-air fundraising
- eliminates the hassle of renewing each year
- reduces overall fundraising costs
- allows us to provide you an enhanced membership experience
Frequently Asked Questions
A: The easiest way to find out is to simply contact a member of the Development department at (702) 258-9895 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday from 9 AM- 5PM).
A: There are many benefits. Here are a few:
You can select new thank-you gifts each year on your anniversary date
You are automatically entered into every major sweepstakes
We seek your input through exclusive surveys to help us make great decisions around on-air content, member benefits, and community partnerships
Gain early access to benefit event ticket sales
Receive a special year-end thank-you gift
When you enter ticket giveaways you automatically receive a bonus entry
A: Membership, including sustaining membership, begins at $40 a year ($25 for seniors and students.) We require a minimum monthly amount of $7 for credit cards and EFTs (Electronic Funds Transfers).
A: No. You are in control of how frequently you want to pay or your method of payment. Monthly installments are the most popular choice for sustaining members. However, you can pay annually in one lump sum, semi-annually, quarterly, monthly, or even set up a custom payment plan.
A: A sustaining membership is one that automatically renews. You can always pay a pledge in installments, however, choosing a monthly payment plan will not automatically renew your pledge.
A: The minimum monthly amount is $7 for credit cards and EFTs (Electronic Funds Transfers).
A: We accept most forms of payment. These include cash, check, credit card, and through transfer of stocks or securities. You may set up your sustaining membership to charge/deduct the entire annual amount of your pledge or pay your pledge over the course of a year by charging/deducting a recurring amount quarterly, monthly or on a customized schedule you establish with us.
A: Yes. We can bill you annually or monthly. Repeated mailings are very costly, so we ask that you pay your pledge promptly. If you want to pay your pledge monthly, we do ask that you consider setting it up as an automatic EFT (Electronics Funds Transfer) to avoid repeated mailings.
A: Credit cards are charged no later than the 15th of each month. EFTs (Electronic Funds Transfers) are processed no later than the 25th of each month. If you elect to pay your pledge in one lump sum each year, you will be charged according to the schedule above on the anniversary month of your first pledge.
A: At this time, we are not able to set up custom payment dates.
A: It is easy to make changes to your account, cancel or upgrade. Just call us at (702) 258-9895 and ask for the Development department or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. At this time, upgrades and changes do require the personal assistance of one of our staff. We pledge to make the experience as smooth as possible for you.
A: On-air fundraising is not just disruptive to listening, it is expensive. Increasing sustaining members is a critical component of reducing necessary on-air fundraising days, and reducing the expenses associated with fundraising. During our two on-air fundraisers a year, we will sometimes have matching opportunities for new sustaining members. This is a great time for current members or new members to convert their memberships into sustaining memberships – but this is only available for new sustaining memberships. However, some grants that we apply for require we demonstrate matching community support – for instance the Nevada Arts Council and the Nevada Humanities. We demonstrate this matching community support through our sustaining memberships. You can feel great about your sustaining membership helping us to qualify for other matching grants – while also keeping on-air fundraising to a minimum.
Q: As a sustaining member am I automatically entered into all the ticket giveaways on the homepage?
A: No, sustaining members are not automatically entered into the giveaways. Sustainers are automatically entered into the sweepstakes we have during the year. The difference being that a sweepstakes requires a new qualifying membership pledge, whereas a giveaway is free to enter for everyone. We welcome sustaining members to enter all of our giveaways, and as a sustaining member you will automatically receive a bonus entry in the giveaway.