OPB Awarded Major Grant
Posted May 16, 2012
Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) is pleased to announce a $750,000 commitment from the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust. This grant will establish the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Fund for Lifelong Learning, which will support OPB’s educational programming serving learners of all ages throughout Oregon and southwest Washington.
Whether in remote rural communities or in metropolitan areas, the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Fund for Lifelong Learning helps provide resources for viewers of all backgrounds to benefit from equal access to enriching, high-quality storytelling illuminating arts, culture, history and science.
"This investment from the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust allows us to take a huge step forward,” said Steve Bass, OPB president and CEO. "With the uncertainty of federal funding, philanthropic leaders like Marcia Randall play a crucial role in helping us continue our public service and adapt to meet major changes in media,” Bass said.
Over the next three years, the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Fund for Lifelong Learning will help OPB continue to offer programs that educate, entertain and inspire such as Great Performances, NOVA scienceNOW, and specials including the American history films of Ken Burns. The Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Fund for Lifelong Learning will also support original OPB productions such as the award-winning weekly arts and culture series Oregon Art Beat, and Oregon Experience, the exciting history series that brings to life fascinating stories that help us better understand our region.
Marcia Randall, who co-founded the Randall Charitable Trust with her late husband, Robert D. Randall, said, “We are so pleased to make this kind of investment in lifelong learning for Oregonians through our gift to OPB. It’s a service that I know so many value, and improving life for our citizens through educational resources is among our greatest priorities.”
OPB delivers excellence in public broadcasting to 1.5 million people each week through television, radio and the Internet. Widely recognized as a national leader in the public broadcasting arena, OPB is a major contributor to the program schedule that serves the entire country. OPB is one of the most used and most supported public broadcasting services in the country and is generously supported by 115,000 contributors.
About the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust
The Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust was founded to improve and enrich the lives of people in the Pacific Northwest by supporting organizations that provide opportunity to the underprivileged; promoting personal responsibility and initiative through programs focused on improving education and social well-being with challenging, stimulating instruction. Brenda M. Randall serves as Executive Director of the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust.