Paley is the nation's premier nonprofit dedicated to educating about the importance and social impact of media.

Never before has the Paley Center’s mission been more vital, as media has been the undisputed connector providing everything from entertainment and news, to virtual offices and classrooms to becoming an online destination for religious gatherings and medical visits.

Paley Education@Home content is created to inspire students and their parents or guardians to watch and learn together in new ways at home. Your contribution will make an extraordinary difference to us and to the young people we serve; it will help support the award-winning education program, which critically serves more than 10,000 NYC kids annually. 78% of the NYC public school kids we serve are from Title I schools and rely upon the Paley Center for this unique and vital program.


Our work depends on your support

There are many ways to support the Paley Center and our vital work. From the many benefits of Membership at various levels, the industry-focused Media Council, and Corporate Membership that supports both employees and executives, to Annual Benefit Events or Program Sponsorship, the Paley Center’s support opportunities can help you reach your individual or corporate goals. The Paley Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization; our work and programs are dependent on your support.

Join/renew as Paley Member

While you become a part of the Paley Center community, you are supporting the Paley Center’s essential programs. Corporate Members at the $10,000 level and up are exempt from the $5,000 per event facility fee to use the Paley Center in New York.


Annual Appeal

Please consider making a fully tax-deductible gift to the Paley Center. It will support so much good work here, from interactive classes for K-12 students that promote media literacy and STEM learning, to the preservation and digitization of the incomparable Paley Archive of more than 160,000 television and radio programs, to year-round programming featuring thought leaders and the biggest names shaping media today.


Annual Benefit—Paley Honors

The Paley Honors is our annual benefit fundraiser each year in New York and Los Angeles. Take a look the most recent Paley Honors.


Tributes & Memorials

Gifts of $250 and more can be made as a special tribute to or in memory of a family member, friend, or colleague. These gifts will be acknowledged to the recipient of the tribute or to the family of the memorial honoree and be listed on the Paley Center’s website and on the Tributes and Memorials wall in the Paley Center’s libraries in New York and Los Angeles.

Please use the Comments field on the online donation form to specify the text of your memorial or tribute, or call Patrick Tekula at 212.621.6653.




With a gift of $500, you can “adopt” a television or radio program with personal significance. A gift of $1,000 enables you to “adopt” a program. Your funds will help the Paley Center digitize and catalog its more than 160,000 program collection—the foremost public archive of its kind. Each time your “adopted” program is viewed by a guest in the Paley Center’s libraries in New York and Los Angeles, your name will be listed as a contributor.

A full catalog of our collection is available in the Paley Center libraries in New York and Los Angeles, and you can search the holdings in our collection online: 


Please use the Comments field on the online donation form to specify the name of the program(s) you want to adopt, or call Patrick Tekula at 212.621.6653 with your program selection.


Name a theater seat

With a gift of $5,000, you can dedicate a theater seat in the 198-seat Bennack Theater in New York in memory of a loved one or to pay tribute to a friend, family member, or colleague. A gift of $2,500 will dedicate a theater seat in the 84-seat Goodson Theater in New York. A plaque with up to two lines will be attached to the back of the seat. These dedications are for a period of ten years, and are renewable.

Please use the Comments field on the online donation form to specify the text for the plaque, or call Patrick Tekula at 212.621.6653.


Planned giving

Please consider including the Paley Center in your estate plans. These planned gifts are crucial for our future as we strive to preserve modern history captured by media for future generations of media enthusiasts, educators, and students. These gifts don’t have to be complicated, and can benefit you and your family as well. 

A bequest can be just a simple designation in your will and will not affect your cash flow during your lifetime. Other types of gifts can increase your income, provide a cash stream, or even give you a tax deduction for items that you can no longer use or maintain. A planned gift can also provide benefits to your family and loved ones.

Call 212.621.6752 if you would like more information about any of these gifts.

Major donors

See our annual list of Major Donors from January 1 to December 31.


Payment information

You can click through to a secured server for direct payment for the above giving options.

If you prefer to make a gift by phone, call 212.621.6782 or 310.786.1066. The Paley Center for Media accepts American Express, Visa, or MasterCard. You will need to have the following information ready: your card number, expiration date, the name as it appears on credit card, and your email address.

If your employer’s personnel department administers a matching gift program, please obtain a matching gift form and forward it to the Paley Center.

Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.