Join Our Giving Circles

WBEZ is grateful for the generous contributions from its many investors who give annually $1,000 or more. These special members provide the station with the resources necessary to fulfill our mission by serving as the cornerstone of the local and national public conversation and as a central pillar of our civic community while reasserting ourselves as the heart of innovation within public radio.

We offer exclusive benefits to thank these critical supporters including access to behind the scenes WBEZ events and some of Chicago’s most sought after cultural offerings. Questions? For more information, please contact the Development Team at 312-948-4678 or

Leadership Circle: $1,000 – $4,999

  • Invitation to Evening Inside the Broadcast Studio: meet station talent at this exclusive studio tour
  • Two (2) tickets to a live, local taping of Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
  • Early access to purchase tickets for special events and all general membership benefits

Patrons Circle: $5,000 - $9,999

All of the above, plus:

  • Annual newsletter with an insider’s perspective on WBEZ and our award winning programs and upcoming exclusive special events
  • Private station tour for up to six people (at donor’s request)
  • A dedicated staff member to provide personal assistance for all of your membership needs
  • Opportunity to sponsor a coveted on-air or online matching gift period; to deepen the impact of your contribution and incentivize fellow listeners to become donors
  • Three (3) on-air dedications to use throughout the year

Advocates Circle: $10,000 - $14,999

All of the above, plus:

  • Invitation to bi-annual exclusive Advocates Circle Insight Series events: an intimate gathering to hear first-hand updates and developments from the President and CEO and on-air and editorial talent

Directors Circle: $15,000 - $24,999

All of the above, plus:

  • Private lunch with WBEZ’s Editorial and Management Leadership Team (at donor’s request)
  • Two (2) VIP tickets to a live, local taping of Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, meet Peter Sagal and other talent

Presidents Circle: $25,000 - $49,999

All of the above, plus:

  • Access to Community Partner events (for example: Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Ideas Week Art Expo) where WBEZ staff and talent are participating
  • Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Family Day: Eight (8) tickets to a live local taping, meet Peter Sagal and other talent

Visionaries Circle: $50,000 or more

All of the above, plus:

  • Invitation for two to annual President’s Vision Dinner: an exclusive dinner, with President and CEO, CPM Board of Directors and editorial talent, to hear first-hand about the station’s upcoming strategic priorities, and programming updates