About CERT

CERT - Corporation for Educational Radio and Television

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 distribute programs of distinction.  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's award-winning work includes documentaries nationally broadcast over NBC, ABC and PBS.

Over the years, CERT documentary specials have been cumulatively watched by millions of viewers coast-to-coast. This is achieved through our national marketing campaign for each documentary, which includes "tune-in" advertising in local daily newspapers in the top-TV markets. Distribution of 4-color 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 for local discussion on topics presented in CERT documentaries. In addition, VHS cassettes and DVDs of the documentaries have been distributed to thousands of public libraries, schools, universities, and individual viewers nationwide.

Clarence Page interviews Rudy Crew

Past documentaries include:  the award-winning Closing the Achievement Gap (PBS, 2004); 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).

Pamela Palmer

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.

CERT gratefully acknowledges that its documentaries are made possible with the assistance of enlightened funders—those who understand the potential to inform millions of people directly by adding television to their mix of investments.

The Corporation for Educational Radio and Television is also a recipient of in-kind contributions through Materials for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs/NYC Department of Sanitation.  Donations have been received from:  Broadway Press; Capital Cities/ABC; Chemical Bank; City Center; First Transamerica Life Insurance; HINDSQUAUL USA; Maritime Overseas Corp.; PrimaLux Video; Tishman Speyer Properties; and Unibank.  CERT is a member of the Standby Program.

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