Learn more about the woman whose devotion to education and public broadcasting built the foundation for our organization.
When President Johnson announced the bill that would create the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on November 7, 1967, he began by highlighting the great revolution in communication. Telegraph, radio, television, satellites — all of these advancements in that moment seemed too grand to comprehend. Public broadcasting would be a gift to all Americans — a way to use the new and vast channel for good.
Public broadcasting was and is about the human condition. The goal is to uplift and to make us all better, smarter, and kinder humans. This is what Frieda Berlinski recognized and what we hope to support through contributions in her honor.
The Corporation will assist stations and producers who aim for the best in broadcasting good music, in broadcasting exciting plays, and in broadcasting reports on the whole fascinating range of human activity.” – President Johnson
In today’s modern world, we have even more ways to communicate and reach the community around us. Public broadcasting uses a wide range of endeavors to carry out the spirit of its earliest mission while facing 21st century challenges and aiming toward 21st century goals.
We are honored to provide funding for programs that support all of these endeavors. The Frieda Berlinski Foundation aims to support long-term enrichment in markets large and small through grants funding community outreach, content development, special events and programming. With a special emphasis placed on children and early learning initiatives, we find purpose in supporting projects designed to reach marginalized or underserved communities and aiding in the telling of stories related to those communities.
“While we work every day to produce new goods and to create new wealth, we want most of all to enrich man's spirit.” – President Johnson
The Frieda Berlinski Foundation strives to serve and educate the community through meaningful donations to four or five public broadcasting programs each year.