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FCC Eases Non-Com Rules For Tornado Fundraising


The Federal Communications Commission generally prohibits noncommercial educational stations from  fundraising on behalf of any entity other than the station. However, the Commission has granted waivers for fundraising to support relief efforts following disasters. This was done after hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, and Sandy, as well as 9/11, and others. The waivers are for specific fundraising programs and typically last a few days.

The Commission has already granted one waiver request related to this week's tornado in Oklahoma. Radio stations may file an informal request for a waiver which can be sent by e-mail to Peter Doyle ( and Michael Wagner (
 The request should provide basic details of the fundraising activity:
a.  the nature of the fundraising effort;
b.  the proposed duration of the fundraising effort;
c.  the organization(s) to which funds will be donated; and
d. whether the fundraiser will be part of the licensee’s regularly scheduled pledge drive or fundraising effort.