Good news on KPFA’s budget, shorter pledge drives

KPFA on the Air posterPreliminary financial statements distributed by KPFA Local Station Board treasurer Barbara Whipperman during the board’s meeting on March 8 show KPFA outperforming its budget over the first four months of this fiscal year. The station’s budget anticipated a loss of $28,465 over that period — instead, the station reported positive net income of $56,532 — $85,000 better than budget.

KPFA wrapped up its February fund drive in just 18 days — nearly a week shorter than last years’ major fund drives. Credit goes to the hard work of KPFA’s staff, the generosity of its listeners, and a fortuitous estate gift that made it possible to KPFA to reduce its on-air goal by $100,000.

KPFA interim GM Richard Pirodsky sent out the following: “Now comes the follow-up, the diversification of fundraising efforts to ensure that KPFA need not be overly dependent upon on-air fund drives. To open new revenue streams, to generate more off-air monies, it will take planning, hard work, and yes, dollars.”

Mark your calendars: KPFA’s 65th anniversary

KPFA is currently planning a one-day fundraising blitz to mark the 65th anniversary of the day it went on the air as the world’s first listener-supported radio station. The date: Tuesday, April 15th. And don’t forget to support KPFA by paying your pledge, and/or attending some of the many terrific fundraising events coming up soon.

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