How do I join SOPTV, and what are the membership options?
You can find out more about membership and membership levels on our Membership Page.
Membership benefits begin with a contribution of $45 or more; benefits for students and seniors 65 or older begin at $28. Higher membership levels offer additional benefits, including special events, tours and receptions.
How do I make changes to my membership or correct errors in my account?
Contact our Membership Department. You can reach us by phone at 541-779-0808, ext. 241 or 229 weekdays from 8:00 am-5 pm or by e-mail to membership[at]soptv.org.
How much of my membership contribution is tax deductible?
Contributions to SOPTV are tax deductible to the full extent of the law, less the fair market value of any thank-you gifts received. Your contribution confirmation letter, sent within a few weeks after your contribution, lets you know the exact amount and will serve as your tax receipt. Sustaining members receive their tax receipt letter at the end of January.
Why does SOPTV need to have membership drives?
Individual membership contributions from viewers comprise a substantial part of our budget and are essential for us to purchase the programs you watch and enjoy. While a significant portion of member donations come through mail solicitation and automatic renewals, on-air drives allow SOPTV to attract the largest number of new and renewing members in the most efficient and effective way possible. Though new members are an essential part of our long-term financial health, the length of membership drives is kept to the minimum that will allow us to reach our goals. Our membership drive format is based on our own experiences, as well as the shared experiences of public broadcasters throughout the country.
Why hasn’t my thank-you gift arrived, and how do I find out its status?
In order to ensure that the maximum amount of your contribution goes to support SOPTV, we don’t maintain a surplus of thank-you gift inventory. As a nonprofit organization, we operate under financial constraints and priorities different from those of a retail business. Once a membership drive has ended, and we have a firm count of thank-you gifts requested, we place orders to fulfill those gift requests. As items arrive at SOPTV, they’re mailed promptly to members. Generally, this process takes six to eight weeks from the end of a membership drive, though many items arrive sooner. If you are concerned about the status of your gift, please contact our Membership Department, by phone at 541-779-0808, ext. 241 or 229 weekdays from 8:00 am-5 pm or by e-mail to membership[at]soptv.org.
Note: Concert or event ticket thank-you gifts will be mailed to you approximately one week before the event.
Why didn’t my issue of Inside SOPTV arrive this month?
Your SOPTV membership includes a subscription to the monthly SPOTLIGHT publication. Every month a small number of SPOTLIGHT guides do not arrive at their destinations. Some may have been sent to outdated addresses and not forwarded by the Post Office. If you are a member and have not received your issue at the first of the month, please contact us (by phone at 541-779-0808, ext. 241 or 229 weekdays from 8:00 am-5 pm or by e-mail to membership[at]soptv.org) and we will send you a replacement immediately. If you have not received your issues of SPOTLIGHT for several months in a row, your membership may have expired or been coded as to not receive the guide in error. We’ll be glad to correct your account; please let us know.