Ralph Lowell Society membership at every level provides thoughtful and entertaining behind-the-scenes access to the programming and talent that define GBH. Patrons enjoy invitations to special events—screenings, receptions, concerts, in-studio audience experiences—and also receive discounted tickets to community events, dedicated customer service, and an extensive online collection of GBH and public media programs.
As giving levels increase, RLS patrons enjoy additional opportunities to engage with GBH, including on-air recognition of support and more.
There has never been a better time to join the Ralph Lowell Society. The RLS is GBH’s premier group of supporters, providing an annual resource of critical discretionary funds that GBH can use where needed most. In this climate of rapid change for public media, this resource means more than ever.
Named in honor of GBH founder Ralph Lowell, the Ralph Lowell Society is comprised of individuals who honor the essence of the man and the mission of GBH. Ralph Lowell was a passionate believer in the power of civil discourse and an informed, educated citizenry. Through the Lowell Institute—a nonprofit family trust devoted to adult education and a Boston mainstay since 1836 that continues today—Ralph Lowell formed the Broadcasting Council in the early 1950s. It went on the air as WGBH-FM radio in 1951 and as WGBH-TV, the nation's first educational television station, two years later.
Hundreds of Society patrons give generously every year to be part of a community that bears Ralph Lowell's name and is deeply committed to sustaining a forward-thinking vision of public media in tangible, immediate ways.