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Documentaries for the people

Become a Donor

American Documentary is the non-profit organization behind your favorite series on public television. Based in Brooklyn, our small-but-mighty team is dedicated to supporting independent artists and presenting authentic, diverse stories—making them accessible to all.

We elevate bold and innovative documentaries for the public good. By supporting us, you also uplift:

  • Human-centered stories brought to American audiences through the power of public television
  • Diverse artists and storytellers; nearly 80 percent of POV Season 33’s films are helmed by women and more than two thirds by filmmakers of color.
  • Educators and community organizers with free resources for using documentary as a learning tool through POV Engage
  • Innovation in public media through initiatives like Otherly

Make a one-time or monthly gift to our annual fund to support the independent, change-making documentaries you love, and the passionate team that brings those documentaries to a public audience.

Give Now

You may also give via check made out to "American Documentary, Inc." (address below) or contact us at for wire or additional giving information.

  • American Documentary
  • c/o Betty Cordero
  • 20 Jay Street, Suite 937
  • Brooklyn, NY 11201


Annual Gala

Our annual fundraising gala, one of the biggest celebrations of the indie doc community, is on pause while we socially distance. Thank you for celebrating us from afar, and we look forward to celebrating together in the future.

Previous Events

2019 Gala | Photos

2018 Gala | Photos

2017 Gala | Photos