It is our vision that Lakeland Public Television will be recognized as an integral part of the community, and its future will be ensured through growth, technology, community collaborations, and self-sustaining endeavors. One means by which we hope to build long-term support and stability for the station is through growth in the Lakeland Public Television Endowment Fund.

John Yourd is considered by many to be “The Father of Lakeland Public Television”. He worked tirelessly to bring public television to northern Minnesota and served on the Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1996. John, and his wife Dana, firmly believed in the importance of creating an endowment fund in order to strengthen the station’s position against the effect of an unpredictable economy and the fluctuations in government grants. Through a charitable gift annuity established prior to John’s death, the Lakeland Public Television Endowment Fund was started in 2004. Since that time, the fund has grown by 82% thanks to the additional gifts of others.

Gifts to the endowment fund can be made through direct or deferred gift arrangements such as cash donations, memorial gifts, bequests in wills, charitable gift annuities, or even by donating long-term appreciated securities. Endowment dollars are strategically invested and managed by Bremer Trust, preserving their principal values while distributing a portion of the interest earnings to support the station. Only the interest earned from this fund is used to help the station should the need arise.

We encourage you to support the future of Lakeland Public Television by contributing to our Endowment Fund. Help us build a legacy of quality programming that will meet the needs of viewers throughout our region for years to come.

For more information or to make a contribution, please contact Katie Carter, Development Specialist at 218-333-3018. Or you can pledge online by clicking here. In the “comments box” simply indicate that your gift is a contribution towards Lakeland Public Television’s Endowment Fund.

Gifts of Stock

By choosing to take advantage of making a gift of stock to Lakeland Public Television, you can:

-Avoid capital gains taxes that would be due on a sale
-Claim the full value of your gift as a charitable deduction
-Preserve your cash
-Make a larger gift than if you first sold the securities and then donated the net proceeds
-Support the future of Lakeland Public Television and its ability to fulfill its mission “To Educate, To Entertain, To Enrich, and To Enlighten.”
For more information, please contact Katie Carter, Development Specialist at or by calling 218-333-3018.
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