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Leadership Circle

WFAE’s Leadership Circle recognizes all donors who make annual gifts of $1,200 or more. These investments are a critical part in funding the delivery of our journalism that informs, enriches, and inspires. Collectively, over 350 Leadership Circle donors have an impact of over $1 million on WFAE’s annual operations.

Many audience members join WFAE’s Leadership Circle for the first time by increasing their sustaining membership to a $100/month donation, but there are many other ways to give, including making a gift of stock, direct support from a donor advised fund, make a vehicle donation, or allocate your IRA charitable rollover.

Leadership Circle Recognition Levels: 

President: $20,000 and up

Manager: $10,000 - $19,999

Editor: $5,000 - $9,999

Reporter: $2,000 - $4,999

Producer: $1,200 - $1,999

Examples of Impact:

A $1,200 gift funds staff use of the Hindenburg audio editing software, bringing high quality audio to our FM signals and podcasts. $2,000 allows Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins to produce one show from start to finish while $5,000 funds one year’s costs for special guests on the popular Friday Local News Roundup shows.

Interested in helping fund your favorite reporter or program? Email or call one of our gift officers below!


Leadership Circle donors enjoy special access to events and information, including opportunities to connect and engage, both in-person and online, with fellow public radio nerds and WFAE journalists. Examples include Kai Ryssdal in April 2021, David Greene in December 2020, NPR’s Founding Mothers (Nina Totenberg, Susan Stamberg, and Linda Wertheimer) in August 2020, Ted Koppel in June 2019, and the Ed Williams First Amendment Award.

We invite all Leadership Circle donors to a private tour of our studios, either visiting our University City location near UNC Charlotte or previously to sit in on a live broadcast of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins during the weekly Friday Local News Roundup.

In-person tours, along with our popular Charlotte Squawks VIP Preview, were put on hold in spring 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leadership Circle donors are recognized in our Annual Report, may request a day sponsorship, and can have their gift to be used as an Inspiration Challenge to motivate listeners to become first-time donors with one of our quarterly on-air fundraising campaigns.

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