|For Immediate Release
November 25, 2013
Manassas, VA – In advance of Thanksgiving and the Advent season, NRB is urging the FCC to finalize a pending rule beneficial to charitable giving. Since last year, the FCC has been exploring a NRB-spearheaded rule change that would allow noncommercial broadcast stations to conduct on-air fundraising for the benefit of third-party non-profit organizations.
“I ask you to complete the rulemaking process in this worthwhile effort,” wrote Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, in a letter last week to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. He continued, “I respectfully suggest that such action to aid the charitable nature of many Americans would be particularly appropriate and significant at the FCC’s Open Meeting in December, a time of year when many Americans are particularly mindful of giving opportunities and community needs.”
Current FCC rules prohibit noncommercial stations from fundraising for other non-profit groups unless the FCC provides a waiver. Waivers are almost never granted except in dire emergencies involving massive natural disasters. These rules ignore the important work of charities serving daily needs in local communities, works that naturally synchronize with the missions and social service goals of many noncommercial broadcasters. NRB has proposed to the FCC that each noncommercial station be permitted to spend up to 1% of its annual on-air time raising funds for third-party non-profit groups recognized under IRS code §501(c)(3), a suggestion embraced in the FCC’s Information Needs of Communities Report.
“A rule change here is in the public interest,” said Craig Parshall, NRB Senior Vice President and General Counsel, who has testified on this subject before the FCC. “The logical outcome of this change seems clear, and the result would be compelling: the non-profit resources in America will be more directly and comprehensively applied to the myriad problems facing today’s communities, while noncommercial broadcasters will be encouraged to perform the highest form of public service.”
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