How to Support

Iowa Public Radio is a member station of NPR. Together, we share in their mission to create a more informed public. Iowa Public Radio is a locally owned and operated community institution providing news, information, and cultural programming important to Iowans.

Gifts From Individuals
Members are a big deal!  When you make a gift (of any size) to IPR, you become a member. Members help us fulfill our mission and grow our on-air and online audience. We are grateful for the support we have from thousands of people across Iowa and beyond who rely on and care tremendously about the news and programming we provide.

Member support is IPR’s largest and most reliable source of revenue.  Almost 50% of our annual operating budget comes from the generous support of nearly 30,000 members. Another 25% of our annual operating comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Iowa State University, University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa, who own IPR’s 26 stations; and the State of Iowa.  Because IPR is member-supported, community-based public media, your contribution is vitally important to sharing high quality news and music to the entire state. 

Consider Becoming A Member Today:

IPR accepts other types of gifts:

Planned Gifts
More and more donors are electing to ensure the viability of Iowa Public Radio beyond their lifetime including a gift to public radio in their estate plans. Click here to learn how you can support the growth of Iowa Public Radio for years to come.

IRA Distribution
Here’s a special way to support Iowa Public Radio if you are age 72 or older. 

Donate Your Vehicle 
Vehicle donations drive the success of Iowa Public Radio. It doesn’t matter if your car still runs, we can use it to fuel our programming.

Employer Match
Many employers will match your donation, doubling or even tripling your gift to support Iowa Public Radio.  Check with your HR department and ask for a matching gift form.

Gift Memberships
If you’re searching for a great gift for your favorite public radio listener – look no further! A membership to Iowa Public Radio is the gift that keeps on giving. Welcome your loved one into a community of intelligent listeners that power the news, music, and cultural programming they love and rely on!

Gifts Of Stock
Giving stock will benefit Iowa Public Radio and possibly provide a tax benefit to you as well. 

Endow Iowa Fund
Find out more about how you can help Iowa Public Radio through the Endow Iowa Program

To donate directly to the Iowa Public Radio Endow Iowa Fund, click here

Volunteers are every bit as valuable as donations of money. Find out more about how you can give your time and energy to IPR.

Gifts From Foundations
Iowa Public Radio is fortunate to partner with and receive support from private and corporate foundations whose high regard and respect for high-quality journalism and culturally enriching programming is as mission fulfilling for them as it is for us.

Corporate Sponsorship
Iowa Public Radio relies on a variety of revenue streams, including corporate sponsorships, to further our commitment to editorial excellence and support our mission. Iowa Public Radio has a sales team that works with potential sponsors to offer dynamic opportunities that meet their marketing needs while also positively impacting public media. Learn more here.

If you have questions about making a donation to IPR in one of these ways or about a past donation, please contact the Membership team at 1-800-861-8000 or

Mailing Your Donation
You may mail your donation to Iowa Public Radio at:

Iowa Public Radio
2111 Grand Avenue, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50312-5393