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About Maryland Public Television: MPT
About Maryland Public Television: MPT Maryland Public Television: MPT The familiar name "MPT" actually signifies two entities with a shared mission of public service. The Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission is a state agency that holds MPT's broadcast licenses. The MPT Foundation encourages and receives donations on behalf of MPT. Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission Established in 1966, the Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission, an 11-member body appointed by the governor, oversees the critical infrastructure – towers, transmitters, satellite dishes, the building and equipment – necessary for delivery of programming on MPT. MPT Foundation The MPT Foundation, formerly known as the Maryland Public Broadcasting Foundation, is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1981 to encourage increased funding for MPT and to receive donations and grants on MPT's behalf. The Foundation also safeguards MPT's endowment funds in an effort to insulate MPT from economic hard times. The MPT Foundation is governed by an independent board of directors composed of community leaders who are elected to staggered three-year terms. Directors serve strictly on a voluntary basis. Funds housed at the MPT Foundation enable MPT to respond to program opportunities that sometimes present themselves off the rhythm of state and federal budget planning cycles. With the support of corporations, foundations, and, above all, individuals, we are truly public broadcasting. Vision, Values & Mission A Vision for the Community We envision a region of dynamic communities where people – informed, inspired and moved by insights gained through use of MPT's public media services – engage in respectful dialog, develop common aspirations and together create a healthier and more vibrant society. Guiding Values Lifelong Learning We believe that people want to know and understand the world around them, that all of us are nurtured as humans by exposure to the arts, nature, science and innovation. Caring for Others We believe children are our future; they deserve a safe and substantive learning environment. We believe older adults offer invaluable experience and wisdom; their independence and vitality should be encouraged, their stories and dignity honored. Self-Renewal We believe a well-spent leisure refreshes and rejuvenates; a respite from the pressures of modern life helps renew physical, spiritual, mental and social well-being, leading to hope for a better tomorrow. Mutual Respect We believe that our society is enhanced when people have access to diverse perspectives, presented in a balanced way and free from commercial influence. Civic Engagement We believe that individuals who participate in civic life and calm discourse are more content with their lives, and civilization is advanced when people engage with their communities. The MPT Mission Learning advances our society. For children, learning leads to success. For adults, it rejuvenates. For all people, learning can lead to understanding and compassion. Through exposition, exploration and discovery of stories and ideas, possibilities emerge, people connect and communities are transformed. At MPT, we broaden horizons, lift spirits and engage our communities to build better lives and a better world.
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