NEH Challenge: GBH Media Library and Archives
Racing Against Time
With nearly one million audio, video, film and digital assets dating to 1947, GBH has one of the nation’s most important public media archives, chronicling many of the most critical cultural and historical events of our time. This rich record of American history—news, arts and culture, science, children’s programming and more—is increasingly vulnerable to deterioration and must be preserved for future generations.
In 2018, GBH received a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to preserve and digitize the most at-risk items in the GBH archival collection—83,000 media resources—and ensure that future media assets are properly preserved as they are created. Gifts made through 2023 in support of the GBH Media Library and Archives will be leveraged by the NEH challenge grant, securing preservation and future access to one of America’s most significant collections of public media for generations of scholars and citizens to come.
“We are in a fight against time to digitize and preserve our audio and visual heritage. This content will be unusable in five to ten years if we don’t act now.”
GBH Voices and Equity Fund
Inspiring Positive Change
Core to fulfilling GBH’s mission is responding to the needs and interests of minority and under-served communities—shining a light on inequities and injustice, providing information and educational support, and creating opportunities for participation and expression. Through our work, we aim to foster greater awareness and appreciation for diverse perspectives; share untold narratives; provide spaces for all voices to be heard; and support families and communities—with the intent of inspiring positive change.
We are committing to a plan moving forward that will fully integrate Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access at GBH, making it a part of everything we do.
Gifts to our newly-established GBH Voices and Equity Fund will allow us to sustain our ongoing commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion and access, help launch innovative new work, and allow us to respond quickly to needs and opportunities as they emerge.
“Equity is one of my favorite words when we talk about Diversity Equity Inclusion and Access. Equity is access, opportunity, support, and the removal of systemic and structural barriers. It considers the diverse needs presented by an individual or group. At GBH, we are operationalizing equity in all aspects of what we do, how we do it and whom we engage with. This focus shines a light on the gaps and improves access for all!”
GBH Planet Future Fund
Amplifying Climate and Environmental Issues
Since its inception, GBH has engaged its audiences around the most important and pressing issues facing Boston, the nation, and the world. The health and well-being of our planet, and the urgent need to mitigate the effects of climate change are areas of critical importance that GBH has long been committed to addressing.
The GBH Planet Future Fund (PFF) supports programs across the organization that amplify climate and environmental issues with an eye toward illuminating practical, equitable, and sustainable solutions to the current climate crisis, both locally and nationally.
GBH Trustee Lynn Dayton and her husband Bruce launched the GBH Planet Future Fund (PFF) with a lead challenge gift to encourage others to join them in growing the fund, which supports all aspects of the research, development and production of films, digital content, and educational and outreach activities.
“The effects of climate change are impacting all of us, and we believe everyone has a personal responsibility to do more. GBH and its programs reach and inspire millions of people all over the world, and we have always been proud to invest resources with GBH. We hope our philanthropy will motivate others to support this important work now and well into the future.”