Greater Public donations help pubcasters after Louisiana floods

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Donations are flowing to Greater Public to assist public broadcasters coping with the aftermath of this month’s disastrous flooding in Louisiana.

More than $11,000 has been distributed to 12 station employees and their families so far, said Andrew Leitch of Greater Public, a development consultancy based in Minneapolis.

The nonprofit is raising the funds through Public Media Colleagues Helping Colleagues, a fund launched in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina’s devastation.

So far all requests have come from employees of Baton Rouge–based Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Leitch said. “We have also reached out to the NPR affiliate in Baton Rouge, WRKF,” he said. “There may be additional requests coming from that station.”

Greater Public has raised an additional $13,500 from 120 donors since Wednesday morning, when President Doug Eichten emailed a request to colleagues.

The special fund has assisted 32 public media employees since its launch, Leitch said.

Visit Greater Public’s donation page for details.