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HPR Fall Fund Drive Surpasses Million Dollars in Pledges

On-air drive concludes after ten days with record-breaking membership numbers

Hawaii Public Radio closed its Celebration 2013 fund drive at 6:32 p.m. on Friday, October 25, having surpassed the original goal of $992,000 with an unprecedented $1,003,030 in total pledges. Over the course of the ten-day campaign, the station received 2,621 unique gifts, many received online. Renewing members made up more than 60 percent of contributors, and nearly twenty percent of those donating became "sustaining members" committed to continuing their support of the station with ongoing monthly installments.

One of those new sustaining members called from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This long-distance caller told HPR she "listens every day via streaming." The station also gained 144 of the nearly 400 new members from neighboring islands Hawai‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, and Kaua‘i.

HPR President and General Manager Michael Titterton took to the air immediately after declaring the fall drive concluded with a round of thanks for the station's members, volunteers, Board, and staff. "Because of all of you," Titterton said, "our ambitious dream of becoming Hawai‘i's only statewide radio network with two quality programming streams will be a reality before our next pledge drive. We've always held that we are in the community-building business and crossing the million-dollar threshold tonight tells us that our community recognizes the value of our mission and wants to build with us."

Even before the drive commenced on October 16, more than a thousand donors had contributed $229,518. The station's fundraising efforts were given a significant boost by long-time HPR listener and member, local real estate developer Dick Gushman. His $100,000 gift and innovative application of his million HawaiianMiles thank you gift subsequently inspired contributions from 49 other donors. Following Gushman's lead, they regifted their Hawaiian Airlines premium to Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children's Family Fund, which will dedicate the frequent flyer miles to transporting Neighbor Island children and families needing Kapi‘olani's specialized medical care. At the close of the drive on October 25, the combined contributions to the Radio Flyer program were 1,131,050 HawaiianMiles.

Titterton notes that "For the first time in the station's history, due in large part to the generosity and genius of Dick Gushman, our semi-annual drive has raised not only the funds necessary for HPR's operation, but has significantly benefited another non-profit: Kapi‘olani Medical Center. We are proud to have played a part in giving back to our community in this novel fashion. More than a million miles for our keiki, more than a million dollars in pledges -- Celebration 2013 has truly been a campaign to remember."

About Hawaii Public Radio
HPR is a private, non-profit organization which broadcasts classical, jazz, and international music; and in-depth news and informational programming from National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and other local, national, and international program sources, as well as programs produced by Hawaii Public Radio. In 2013, Charity Navigator, the premier charity evaluator, awarded HPR its second consecutive highest, four-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

HPR's mission is to serve the entire population of the state of Hawai‘i with two excellent program streams. HPR-1, the news magazine and fine arts stream, can currently be heard on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KHPR 88.1 FM and 88.5 FM); Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, and West Hawai‘i (KKUA 90.7 FM); and East Hawai‘i (KANO 91.1 FM (Hilo) and 94.7 FM (Waimea)). HPR-2, the news, local talk, and music stream, is found on Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KIPH 88.3 FM (Hana)); West Hawai‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KHPH 88.7 FM); O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KIPO 89.3 FM; KIPL 89.9 FM).

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