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Save KPLU Raises Over $5 Million
(Seattle-Tacoma, WA) SAVE KPLU has now amassed nearly $5.25 million in the effort to raise $7 million by June 30 to become an independent station. This represents over 17,000 donations from SAVE KPLU supporters since fundraising began in earnest on January 11.
Most recently, a huge boost came from GiveBIG, the Seattle Foundation’s annual online charitable giving event. Donations to SAVE KPLU totaled a history-making $1,456,076—setting a new all-time record.
"We are so grateful to the over 7,600 people who donated to the Save KPLU campaign through GiveBIG,” says Joey Cohn, KPLU General Manager and head of the Friends of 88-5 FM community group, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. “We are humbled by the community's generosity, and thrilled that our listeners set the all-time record for the most donations and money raised in the history of GiveBIG."
On April 26, the Friends of 88-5 FM submitted a Letter of Intent to purchase KPLU from Pacific Lutheran University. Under the principal terms of the offer, KPLU would retain its award-winning 16-person independent, local newsroom; a 12-person jazz and blues music staff; and Jazz24, a 24-hour high-definition streaming service that reaches 100,000 weekly listeners around the world. The station would also continue a longstanding commitment to local music education, including the widely acclaimed School of Jazz that pairs leading jazz professionals with local middle and high school jazz bands. In addition, the Letter of Intent to purchase KPLU's license calls for 88.5 to continue to operate out of the Martin J. Neeb Center, a broadcast facility on the Pacific Lutheran University campus built specifically for KPLU and funded by KPLU listeners and supporters (exact timeframe to be determined).
Donations to the SAVE KPLU campaign can be made at kplu.org.