Giving Tuesday

November 29, 2016

Tuesday, November 29 is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving a gift of thanks and support to organizations that make an impact in our lives. The day is especially important to THIRTEEN because of the potential it holds…for us and for you. Now, more than ever, our viewers need and deserve an unbiased, reliable resource for news and information, as well as cultural programs that can be enjoyed by all audiences. Which is exactly what you get when you watch THIRTEEN. Here are a few highlights of what makes giving to THIRTEEN especially rewarding this year. Donate on #GivingTuesday via!

Two Tickets to Hamilton the Musical

Hamilton the musical cast

(l to r): Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in the Broadway musical Hamilton. Photo: Joan Marcus

It’s the hottest show in town, with coveted tickets sold out far in advance. But THIRTEEN can take you to “the room where it happens!” Donate to THIRTEEN any time on November 29, #GivingTuesday, and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to Hamilton on Broadway! That donation of any amount will be used to support many wonderful programs, like those of THIRTEEN’s own Great Performances, which presented Hamilton’s America for PBS audiences in October. No donations are required to enter the ticket giveaway, but we hope you will support THIRTEEN with a donation. Please help us reach our $30,000 goal for #GivingTuesday so we can continue providing media that makes an impact — exceptional programming that inspires, educates and delights.

Don’t throw away your shot to see Hamilton on Broadway! Donate today!

Theater Close-Up

Giving to THIRTEEN supports Theater Close-Up, a unique collaboration between THIRTEEN and New York City area non-profit Off-Broadway theaters that brings thrilling performances into New York City metro area homes, a benefit especially appreciated by those who can’t travel or afford the theater. Theater Close-Up captures live performances expressly for THIRTEEN viewers (the program is not available outside our broadcast area!). After the television premiere, the performance can be watched online, too. THIRTEEN uses its unrivaled expertise in producing national PBS arts programming to provide New Yorkers with unparalleled access to one of the city’s greatest underexposed cultural assets. The most recent productions are Sam Shepard’s Buried Child, a production of The New Group starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan (aired November 28) and Jonathan Tolins’ comedy Buyer & Cellar (Monday, December 5), in which Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) reprises his performance as Alex, a struggling Los Angeles actor who works in the basement mall in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu mansion. You can also stream many past Theater Close-Up Off-Broadway performances if you live in the THIRTEEN broadcast area.

Be proud of your contribution to the arts with a donation via!


Passport-Landing-Banner-11.28.2016THIRTEEN Passport is a member benefit that provides you with an on-demand library of PBS programming. Stream episodes of your favorite PBS documentaries and full seasons of many current and past dramatic series. Among the offerings are Hamilton’s America, the Great Performances documentary that revealed Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda’s creative process, thrilling footage from the musical, and historical background on our Founding Fathers’ lives in New York. Series include Colonial House — one of the first reality shows — Masterpiece: Downton Abbey, and many more. Learn more about THIRTEEN Passport and become a member on #GivingTuesday.

Education Resources

Recognizing the vast potential for our broadcast programming to become powerful learning resources, our WNET Education Department at THIRTEEN creates free accompanying standards-aligned lesson plans, activities, discussion questions, games, and teacher guides available to educators and students nationally. Online, on-air, and at training workshops and children’s events around the five boroughs of New York City, our Education Department creates and delivers resources designed to support effective teaching and learning. WNET Education is also a content partner with Google Expeditions, a new VR app that helps students take immersive, virtual reality journeys. Using a tablet, smartphones and VR viewers, teachers can guide students on expeditions to the moon, coral reefs–even the Great Wall of China! WNET Education has been working with Google to help develop K-12 curriculum aligned Expeditions for places like the Empire State Building, Merchant’s House Museum, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Tenement Museum and the Transit Museum.

homelesscenterwaitingroomWNETWNET’s New York Parenting Minutes are short videos that focus on key topics related to early childhood learning and raising children in New York City. Each video page contains shareable tips and facts, as well as links to more free resources and information.

Thanks to a partnership between the NYC Department of Social Services and WNET, there is now a children’s waiting room in the homeless services intake center in the South Bronx. WNET provided two televisions, resources and training for the waiting room. These are just a few of the projects that keep WNET Education busy and benefit from your donation on #GivingTuesday!

Member Discounts

THIRTEEN members receive discounts at New York City's Abingdon Theatre Company. Call the box office for details.

THIRTEEN members receive discounts at New York City’s Abingdon Theatre Company. Call the box office for details.

By donating to THIRTEEN and becoming a member, you not only expand your viewing options with benefits like THIRTEEN Passport, you receive discounts on museums, theater tickets, services and even lodging in the Tri-State area. See the wide range of discounts for THIRTEEN members in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Your support is so important to the station – it will help THIRTEEN carry out our mission to deliver Media with Impact – television, education resources, and online content that educates, entertains and inspires audiences to make changes in their own lives and in the community. Thank you for participating in #GivingTuesday.