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The Corporation for Educational Radio and Television (CERT) was founded in 1984 as a not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to "encourage, promote and foster an appreciation for the educational value and uses of film, video and radio."

Achieving the finest quality in programming for television and radio is of utmost concern to the corporation, as is the capacity to meet stringent deadlines and keep production budgets in check. To promulgate this interest, CERT has assembled some of today's brightest individuals to produce and market programs of distinction. The members of CERT bring with them a commitment to quality, and it is this commitment that they all share as a common goal. CERT's award-winning work includes documentaries nationally broadcast over NBC, ABC and PBS.

Over the years, millions of people nationwide have watched CERT documentary specials. This is achieved through our national marketing campaign, including advertising in local editions of TV GUIDE and daily newspapers in the top-20 markets. Distribution of press kits have generated previews and reviews, reaching tens of millions of readers, in such newspapers as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Christian Science Monitor. Community sponsored screenings have served as a catalyst, generating local discussion on topics presented in CERT documentaries. In addition, videocassettes of the documentaries have been distributed to thousands of public libraries, schools, universities, and individual viewers from coast-to-coast.

Along with its most recent production, Closing the Achievement Gap, the corporation's national television documentaries include Charter Schools That Work (PBS, 2000), the award-winning three-part, three-hour series, The New Urban Renewal: Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods (PBS, 1997); the award-winning Liberating America's Schools (PBS, 1993); Black American Conservatism: An Exploration of Ideas (PBS, 1992); Circle of the Spirit (NBC, 1990); the Emmy nominated, China at the Crossroads (ABC, 1989); and the award-winning Beyond the Dream: Immigrants in America (NBC, 1988). CERT is honored by the critical acclaim garnered by its productions and equally proud of its professional relationship and ongoing partnership with its underwriters.

CERT documentaries are made possible with the assistance of enlightened Funders, who acknowledge the potential to inform millions directly by adding television to their mix of investments. As CERT celebrates it's 20th Anniversary, we gratefully acknowledge the support of past Funders including:

The Achelis Foundation The Joyce Foundation
Anschutz Family Foundation F. M. Kirby Foundation
ARCO Foundation John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Bankers Trust Company Foundation Vernon K. Krieble Foundation
The Bodman Foundation Richard Lounsbery Foundation
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation The John D. and Cathrine T. MacArthur Foundation
Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. Philip M. McKenna Foundation
Catholic Communication Campaign Metropolitan Life Foundation
The Chase Manhattan Foundation National Broadcasting Company
Corporation for Public Broadcasting The Nord Family Foundation
Dodge Jones Foundation John M. Olin Foundation
Freed Foundation The Pisces Foundation
The Gilder Foundation Scaife Family Foundation
The Grover Hermann Foundation Sarah Scaife Foundation
The Hickory Foundation Smith Richardson Foundation
The Hyde & Watson Foundation Strake Foundation

The Corporation for Educational Radio and Television is classified as a Section 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, and is a publicly supported charitable organization described in Section 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Code. All contributions received from foundations, corporations, and individuals, including appreciated stock, are tax-deductible to the maximum extent of the law.

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