Major Funders

Major Funders

Harry Wiland and Dale Bell have raised over $10M since 2000 for their transmedia projects

MPC could not tackle important initiatives without the support of our valued underwriters and corporate sponsors.


The following underwriters are foundations that have awarded us grants in support of our broadcast and media/educational outreach projects.

The Ahmanson Foundation seeks to build community for the common good with philanthropic interests in arts & humanities, education, human services, and health & medicine.

The mission of AoA is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.

Enriching Lives and Empowering Dreams.

The American Automobile Association’s Foundation for Traffic Safety’s mission is to identify problems, foster research that seeks solutions, and disseminate information and educational materials that promote good traffic safety procedures.

APTA and its members and staff work to ensure that public transportation is available and accessible for all Americans in communities across the country.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is devoted to developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes.

Grounded in Arthur Vining Davis’ principled and innovative leadership in national corporate life and philanthropy, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations strengthen America’s intellectual life, humane instincts and democracy through philanthropic support for private higher education; interfaith leadership and religious literacy; public educational media; environmental engagement, stewardship and solutions; and palliative care.

Ashoka strives to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector: one that allows social entrepreneurs to thrive and enables the world’s citizens to think and act as changemakers.

The Atlantic Philanthropies are dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

The AXA Research Fund was born in 2007 out of the belief that science has a crucial role in responding to the most important issues facing our planet. AXA’s scientific philanthropy initiative is committed to supporting science, contributing to societal progress and encouraging researchers to share their work with the larger public. The AXA Research Fund supports projects in the areas of Health, Environment, New Tech and Socio-Economics.

The UCR Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty is dedicated to advancing our understanding of poverty – in Inland Southern California and abroad – through world-class faculty and graduate student research, service, teaching, and academic and community events.

The California Endowment’s mission is to expand access to affordable, qual­ity health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.

The Trust’s vision is a thriving, equitable and connected Chicago region where people of all races, places and identities have the opportunity to reach their potential.

To assist donors and others in strengthening and improving our community for the benefit of all its residents.

The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in our region through resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration, and public leadership.

A vibrant, national health care system known for service, chosen for clinical excellence, standing in partnership with patients, employees, and physicians to improve the health of all communities served.

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties.

The Educational Foundation of America was established in 1959 to preserve the life­long altruistic commitment of its founders, Richard Prentice Ettinger and his wife, Elsie P. Ettinger in the areas of Arts & Education, the Environment, and Sustainable Population.

To be the best provider of senior care and services in Canada.

The Faye McBeath Foundation is a private, independent foundation providing grants to tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in the metropolitan Milwaukee area. The Faye McBeath Foundation was established in 1964, shortly before the death of Faye McBeath in 1967 and we have been providing organizations with support for over 40 years.

Our Mission is to harness the power of research to ensure that all young children benefit from early learning experiences that affirm their individual, family, and community assets, fortify them against harmful consequences arising from economic instability and social exclusion and that strengthen their developmental potential.

Increase and maximize the impact of charitable dollars; create innovative philanthropic solutions; and, respond effectively to the needs and interests of donors, charities, borrowers and other clients.

The Oram Foundation supports projects and programs with promise of significant local or broader-reaching impacts on environmental quality and urban life. We seek to initiate change.

IBEW Local Union 11 is the dynamic and progressive voice of the Electrical Construction Industry in Los Angeles. We are a movement for social justice, safe jobsites, training, green jobs and opportunity for all based in Los Angeles, California. IBEW 11 represents our 12,000 Electricians, Communications and Systems Installers, Transportation Systems Journeyman, Civil Service Electricians, Apprentices, Construction Wireman and Construction Electricians.

Our mission is to provide economic opportunities for businesses, entrepreneurs, and residents that improve the quality of life for all Illinoisans. We are laser-focused on improving transparency and accountability, enhancing customer service, increasing Illinois’ competitiveness, advancing minority empowerment, modernizing Illinois’ workforce, and elevating our state’s promotional efforts.

The Independent Television Service (ITVS) brings independently-produced, high-quality public broadcast and new media programs to local, national and international audiences.

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation supports and fosters the provision of healthcare services, healthcare education, and, when appropriate, medical and scientific research.

The Joseph Drown Foundation’s goal is to assist individuals in becoming successful, self-sustaining, contributing citizens. The Foundation is interested in programs that break down any barrier that prevents a per­son from continuing to grow and learn.

The District Council 16 represents 14 local unions in Southern California, with jurisdiction spanning from San Luis Obispo and Bakersfield, to Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. We are proud members of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada.

To be the Provider, Partner and Employer of Choice.

Bader Philanthropies, Inc. strives to be a philanthropic leader in improving the quality of life of the diverse communities in which it works.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.

The Kresge Foundation fulfills its mission to promote human progress by helping to improve the lives of poor and low-income children and adults, particularly those living in under­served urban and rural areas.

The Langeloth Foundation’s purpose is to promote and support effective and creative programs, practices and policies related to healing from illness, accident, physical, social or emotional trauma and to extend the availability of programs that promote healing to under­served populations.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.

The Motion Picture & Television Fund works to enrich the lives of people in our Southern California entertainment community by continuously evolving to meet their health and human services needs. We are dedicated to offering programs and charitable services which are provided with compas­sion and respect for the dignity of the whole person.

The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation seeks to assist Greater Cleveland’s organizations and leaders to improve the health and well-being of the Jewish and general communities now and for generations to come.

Newman’s Own line of certified organic products.

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works provides core services to the people of Los Angeles County.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) is responsible for fostering opportunities for business and communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy, thereby enabling Pennsylvanians to achieve a superior quality of life.

DCNR’s mission is to conserve and sustain Pennsylvania’s natural resources for present and future generations’ use and enjoyment.

The City of Philadelphia is committed to ensuring that all residents enjoy a high quality of life.

Supporting Art, Education, and Health.

Advance the Risk Management profession among our members, students and business community through educational programs, professional development resources and networking opportunities.

The San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) was created by the California legislature in 1999. We’re one of ten conservancies within the California Resources Agency. Our mission is to preserve open space and habitat in order to provide for low-impact recreation and educational uses, wildlife habitat restoration and protection, and watershed improvements within our jurisdiction.

The primary responsibility of the Bureau of Sanitation is to collect, clean and recycle solid and liquid waste generated by residential, commercial and industrial users in the City of Los Angeles and surrounding communities.

Our mission is to ignite powerful, rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all.

A voice for children since 1960, The Skillman Foundation works to ensure that Detroit youth have access to high-quality educational and economic opportunities and a strong, broad network of champions that work on behalf of young people’s interests. We believe children are our greatest asset, and that the children of Detroit are integral to the city’s sustained recovery and growth.

The Retirement Research Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for older people in the U.S. RRF is one of the first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues.

The Retirement Research Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for older people in the U.S. RRF is one of the first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues.

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation benefits individuals and communities primarily by supporting the preservation and enhancement of the built and natural environments through historic preservation, encouragement of quality architectural and landscape design, and conserving open space.

The mission of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is to improve the health and health care of all Americans. Our goal is clear: To help our society transform itself for the better.

To serve as a catalyst for improving the health of all Kansans.

The city of Seattle: creating jobs, improving education, and building transit.

We are the Service Employees International Union, an organization of 2.1 million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide and dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.

Our mission is to help improve educationfor low-income children, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creative communities that enhance civic life and advance philanthropy in the Greater Philadelphia region.

The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research focused on reducing inequality in youth outcomes and improving the use of research evidence in decisions that affect young people in the United States.

United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

Corporate Sponsors

Our corporate sponsors are corporations that have financially supported our various special PBS broadcast projects including And Thou Shalt Honor, Getting Around, Edens Lost & Found, Growing Greener Schools, Going To Green, and Designing Healthy Communities.

AT&T supports programs that address quality-of-life issues, with an emphasis on improving education and advancing community development.

Boeing has a responsibility to its stakeholders — including the communities where its employees live and work, and globally where its products are used — to be a good “corporate citizen” and lead by example.

CDM Smith provides lasting and integrated solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities to public and private clients worldwide.

Evercare’s mission is to help people live healthier lives by ensuring access to high quality health care services for the underserved.

Kaiser Permanente: Good health is in your hands. Thrive.

Legacy Financial Services is dedicated to providing families, businesses and their employees the very best in supplemental insurance benefits.

United Health Wellness programs help members take charge of their health and well-being.

ScottsMiracle-Gro is committed to helping consumers around the world by providing them with innovative solutions to create beautiful and healthy lawns and gardens. We will be responsible stewards of our planet, a leading socially responsible online printing, marketing and technology firm, has established itself as a major player in the industry with its distinct vision and clear approach to helping small businesses grow.