KUAC Fall Fundraiser brings over $465,000 in Community Support to KUAC!
During this year’s KUAC Fall Fundraiser we focused on just how “classic” KUAC really is. We saw the return of a logo first debuted back in 1979, the re-printing of posters not available since the early 1980s and a familiar tagline from KUAC’s initial call for art posters, “It’s Classic”. During the nine days of sustaining fundraising to support Interior Alaska’s public broadcasting station, we were beyond amazed by the generosity and enthusiasm that our supporters exhibited. The 2014 grand total added up to a preliminary $465,899 – exceeding our goal and topping last year’s record by more than $83,000.
Over 1860 gifts were made to KUAC between October 11-19, including 254 new donors, 494 sustaining monthly gifts, and almost 100 Art Buswell Society level gifts. Art Buswell Society donors are those who make gifts at the $1,000 a year level, in honor of one of KUAC’s legends. The 2014 average pledge was an incredible $214.
Our biggest fundraising incentive was, once again (again!), the tremendous “challenge” put forth by Jack Wilbur, CFO and Chris Miller, President of Design Alaska and Meg Nordale, Partner and Bert Bell, Partner at GHEMM Company. Through their combined efforts, KUAC received nearly 500 total sustaining pledges, each with a match of $100 for a total of almost $50,000. This new push for sustaining monthly giving to KUAC had an initial goal of 100 donors. KUAC is astounded by the response to this new way of giving and we have Design Alaska and GHEMM Company to thank for making it so much more powerful.
Other successful “challenges” which helped donors to leverage their gifts and inspired others to give: Jana Varrati in Nome sponsored the “Translator Community” challenge once again; Ann Millard, from Eagle, put out a call to all Libras; and Nicole Stewart from Sourdough Fuel rallied a large number of Sourdough Fuel and Food Mart customers. More challenges sprang up throughout the week from Kurt Wold’s Gardener Challenge, Kate Ripley’s UAF Alumni Challenge, Kurt Hunter’s Musician Challenge, and Don Hampton & Anne Ruggles North Star Ballet Challenge plus many more added even more community spirit.
A good number of individuals advanced challenges, including Brian Rogers & Sherry Modrow, Gary Bender, Marti Buscaglia, Marlys Schneider, Jim Perrizo & Mary Silvey, and Tania Clucas. Other creative challenges included Tom George with the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, Joy Morrison’s New UAF Faculty & Donors, Car Talk Princesses Car Wash, Katie Sanders’ School Library Staff, Larry Kaplan’s Opera Sustaining Donors and the new KUAC Staff Challenge for New Donors during A Prairie Home Companion. Plus the annual tradition of Grace Schaible’s Opera challenge added a generous $10,000 match.
Multiple corporate partners offered challenges that were successfully met, including Dr. Daniel Johnson, First National Bank Alaska, Crisenberry Machine, Water Wagon, Sumitomo Pogo Mine & Kinross Fort Knox, ABR Inc, Fairbanks Physical Therapy, Street Sounds, Doyon Limited, and The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner to name a few.
Our University of Alaska community joined in with phone bank volunteers and on-air talent from numerous departments and campus organizations, including Chancellor Brian Rogers and Sherry Modrow, UAF Athletics, University Fire & Police Departments, UA Museum & Mammalogy Department, the Geophysical Institute, School of Journalism, Division of General Studies, School of Justice, English Department, Cooperative Extensions, SNAP & ACCAP, OIT, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, General Counsel, Music Department, College of Rural & Community Development, UASW Cash Management, UAF Alumni Association, EPSCoR, Institute of Northern Engineering, Office of Admissions & Registrar, University Women’s Association, and Academic Advising Center.
We saw a regular parade of folks from all around the community– including performances from the Fairbanks Youth Orchestra and the UAF Music Department, plus volunteers from a range of businesses and services, government and military agencies, education and religious organizations including: College, Fairbanks and North Pole Rotary clubs, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks, Fairbanks Children’s Museum, Contra Borealis Dancers, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, Cold Stone Creamery, North Star Council on Aging, Alaska Democrats, Bettisworth North, Ester Volunteer Fire Department, Peace Corps Alumni, Eielson Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, Calypso Farms, 168th Air Refueling Wing, The Cole Family, North Star Imagination Library, Desperate House-husbands, Interior Gas Utility, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Interior Alaska Greenstar, Northern Alaska Environmental Center, North Star Ballet, Raven Landing, Golden Heart Community Foundation, Fairbanks Downtown Association, Fairbanks Drama Association, Chena Ridge Friends Group, Effie Kokrine School, Water Wagon, Opera Fairbanks and our own KUAC Community Advisory Council.
We extend heartfelt thanks to the businesses and organizations that made this fundraising drive extra-tasty and energized us with food and drink donations: Alaska Coffee Roasting Company, Bobby’s Downtown, Coldstone Creamery, The Cookie Jar, The Donut Shoppe, Double Eagle, Fairbanks Bottled Water Company, Fairbanks Distributors, Fred Meyer, Great Harvest Bread Company, Hot Licks Homemade Ice Cream, LuLu’s Bread & Bagels, Lane’s Quickie Tacos, LUNCH, Odom Corporation, Pagoda, Pike’s Landing, River City Café & Espresso, Sam’s Club, Sourdough Fuel & Food Marts, and UAF Catering Services. Even our volunteers brought in goodies and helped with pick-ups over the course of the week: Joy & Craig Van Dyke and Lisa Sporleder, thank you all!
Many people came into the station last week – almost 600 to volunteer, and to make pledges in person. We are also excited to announce the winners of the A Prairie Home Companion trip giveaway – Dr. Clay Tripplehorn – Congratulations! Clay is thrilled to win the trip and knows the value of public broadcasting as he volunteered his time to pitch on the air during the drive! Special thanks to Alaska Airlines for helping make this trip happen.
Hard to imagine all of this fun? See the Facebook photos from fundraiser week!
Over the 9 days of the 2014 KUAC Fall Fundraiser we kept asking “Why do you sustain KUAC?”. The answers were overwhelming:
- For my children, for me.
- Cultural enrichment for all of Alaska’s communities.
- KUAC brings trustworthy coverage of the news, without dramatizing it. I appreciate the education they provide about world & local events.
- Unbiased media reports!
- Daniel Tiger!
- KUAC makes my day, everyday.
- For my kids and all the other kids of all ages in the community!
- KUAC = Diversity in programming that reflects diversity in community.
- Because life as we know it would not be the same without KUAC!
- I want to be a well-informed citizen and being entertained is a great bonus!
- Local news, Guy Raz, & Bob Parlocha!
- Everyday listening at home, new programs especially KUAC2 & KUAC3, and longtime favorites that entertain me.
- Great stories from Radiolab, TED Radio Hour & This American Life
- Best source of local news!
- A local legacy for the community.
- Because Earth & Sky was my morning coffee and now KUAC is my morning alarm.
- It’s tradition, its community, it’s fun!
- Gives me news all day, morning and night.
- It’s by far the best option on the radio and we want to encourage others to give!
- KUAC adds spice to our lives!
- I love Wild Kratts!
- KUAC provides programming not found on other stations. KUAC is not biased and appeals to a different sensibility.
Well…we have to say, we agree, and we Thank You!