Save KPLU Campaign Update: April 14

Dear Friends,

We are very close to reaching the $4 million mark. So far, nearly 11,000 people have donated to the campaign. Thank you for the incredible support!

Last night’s community meeting in Olympia was fantastic. Thanks to all who came out, we appreciated hearing your comments and suggestions. If you missed any of the community meetings, there will be many more opportunities over the next few months to meet with the Save KPLU team.


The Save KPLU calendar is packed. It would take pages for us to list everything here, so we invite you to check it out for yourself — and we hope to see you at one of the events!

We want to highlight one in particular: Sound Effect Live.

KPLU’s news and culture magazine, Sound Effect, (Saturday mornings at 10 a.m.) will present an evening of storytelling organized around the theme, “A Friend in Need.” Join host Gabriel Spitzer for radio made visual, including these special guests: Author Tom Robbins will read from his memoir about his days in community radio. Seattle photographer Tim Durkan will talk about the hidden side of Seattle and what has led him to dedicate himself to documenting it. Singer and songwriter Kimya Dawson will share personal reflections and a song or two. Seattle writer and critic Melanie McFarland will give a live storytelling performance. See it live on stage, May 18 at Town Hall in Seattle.


Support the Save KPLU campaign during GiveBIG Day on May 3, Seattle’s largest community fundraiser, and your gift will have the maximum impact! Every Save KPLU pledge received through the GiveBIG website will be stretched by the Seattle Foundation; it will also be matched up to $100,000 by a group of KPLU donors. You can schedule your donation starting Monday April 18 — mark your calendars!


There is a wealth of information about the Save KPLU campaign in our FAQ, including our refund policy. In the very unlikely event we don’t raise $7 million by the June 30 deadline, all donations will be refunded minus a 3 percent processing fee if you pay by credit card. If you pay by check, you will be refunded in full. Additionally, any non-refundable event revenue — like the upcoming Sound Effect Live show — will be donated to Northwest Harvest; and money raised from our jazz fundraiser at Jazz Alley will benefit Seattle JazzED if the campaign is not successful.

While we would be delighted to give these organizations money from our events — we know we won’t need to, because your generous donations will get us across the finish line.

Thanks so much for your support!

— Friends of 88-5 FM