The Colleagues Helping Colleagues (CHC) Fund was established in 2005 as a means for people working in public media to directly support their colleagues who suffered losses in natural disasters.

The CHC fund has collected and distributed over $55,000 to assist staff members affected by floods, fires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters nationwide. Greater Public administers the fund on behalf of the public media system at no charge. Gifts in any amount will be welcome to our colleagues in need.

Other ways to give: Call (888) 454-2314 to make a gift by credit card. Donations can also be mailed to:

Greater Public/CHC Fund
401 N. 3rd Street, Suite 370
Minneapolis, MN 55401

To apply for CHC funding: The CHC provides funding specifically for losses sustained in the course of a natural disaster such as flood, fire, earthquake, tornado, etc. A three-member panel from various public broadcasting organizations reviews the requests as they are submitted and recommends funding. Decisions are made quickly and Greater Public sends checks immediately upon notification of award.

The application process is simple. Any employee at any public broadcasting station anywhere in the U.S. simply sends an email to Joyce MacDonald outlining the loss, and the need. The applicant should be as specific as possible regarding what funds will be used for, and should save and submit receipts for all expenditures (an IRS requirement). Please note that CHC funds may cover, but are not limited to, lodging, food, transportation, medical care and other identified expenses not covered or reimbursed by insurance. Greater Public will notify you to let you know whether your application is approved.


Greater Public thanks NPR Digital Services for the use of their DS Marketing Forms powered by Springboard, which allow us to collect your credit card donations.


Words cannot describe how thankful my family and I are for the help during this difficult time. Our house is getting back to normal and this fund helped a great deal in completing [our] project. I have never asked for help for myself or my family and it was a difficult to make the choice to ask for the first time. You all made the process extremely easy and were so nice and courteous I personally want to thank you for that.

— 2016 Fund Recipient