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Directed Gifts Make Masterpiece Programs Possible


The beloved PBS series that ignited America's passion for classic and contemporary tales brought to life through sumptuous scripts, costumes, and sets debuted as Masterpiece Theatre in January 1971, with The First Churchills. In honor of Masterpiece's milestone 40th anniversary in 2011, The Masterpiece Trust was established to help ensure that this iconic and celebrated series will warm the homes of audiences for at least another 40 years. The Masterpiece Trust creates an opportunity for individual donors and families who care deeply about the series to help provide for its future in a substantial way while also supporting their local PBS station.

"Funding of high-quality, first-rate, award-winning drama has become a significant challenge in recent years. We believe that Masterpiece has earned the respect and loyalty of its audience over 40 wonderful years, and hope that our dedicated viewers will help us keep the legacy alive. Your support through the Masterpiece Trust will ensure that our series remains a vital part of the television landscape for years to come."
- Rebecca Eaton, Masterpiece producer

Need More Information on WGBH Directed Gifts?


If you are interested in supporting the Masterpiece Trust with a gift of $25,000 or more, please contact: Win Lenihan, Vice President of Development at WGBH: win_lenihan@wgbh.org or 617.300.3804.

If you are interested in including the Masterpiece Trust in your estate plans, please contact the Office of Gift Planning & Endowment at gift_planning@wgbh.org or 800.220.7122.

If you'd like to discuss a gift of less than $25,000 to support Masterpiece, please contact your local PBS station.

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