YOUR support is more important now than ever. In the fall of 2016, the University of Kansas cut KPR’s budget by $100,000 due to state funding shortfalls. We’ve been notified of an additional $100,000 cut, making this a permanent $200,000 reduction to KPR’s direct university cash support. This is, by far, the largest budget cut in the station’s 65-year history and represents about 41 percent of the annual funding KPR receives from the University of Kansas.
Fortunately, we have more than 100,000 weekly listeners, so we are turning to YOU to help us become a more community-supported station. We’re in this together, so please consider making a pledge today. Tax-deductible membership gifts are the key to KPR’s ability to provide the high-quality music, news and entertainment that you expect. Whether it’s our locally produced classical and jazz shows or our award-winning news coverage, you can count on KPR for 8,760 hours of high-quality programming each year.
As KPR addresses budget cuts, we’ve set a goal of 1,000 new and upgrading donors.* Follow along as we make daily updates to reach our goal, and become a part of the KPR crew by donating now. Or join in during the upcoming on-air membership drive, beginning Tuesday, March 28.
*If you are already a Sustaining member, there are a couple ways to upgrade your membership:
If you are giving via EFT or KU Payroll Deduction and would like to upgrade your installment amount, please send a request via email or mail to Membership Director Joanna Fewins, at 1120 W 11th St, Lawrence, KS 66044. If you would like to increase your monthly credit card contributions, click here to enter a new monthly plan (your old one will be canceled), or you may call the pledge line at 888-577-5268 and tell the volunteer you'd like to upgrade. They will need your credit card number again in order to enter a new plan.
Here’s another great reason to be a KPR member—the KPR MemberCard. When you give $120 or more, you’ll be able to take advantage of hundreds of dining, lodging and entertainment opportunities throughout the Kansas City area and across northeast and east-central Kansas, giving you “2-for-1 entrees” or other savings at your favorite restaurants and museums. Click HERE for more information.