Thank you for helping KUHF raise $939,482 during our Spring 2009 fund drive!!
by: Emily Binetti, April 3, 2009 5:04:23 pm
During two full days of the campaign, contributors also had the opportunity to support other Houston-area charities – Trees for Houston and Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels. The March 27 "Trees for Houston Day" allowed KUHF contributors the option to forego their typical thank-you gift, with KUHF then donating the cash value of that thank-you gift for native live oak trees. The effort raised 1,894 trees to be planted in the Greater Houston Area. During the March 31 "Meals on Wheels Day" KUHF contributors helped raise over 6,300 meals for local needy seniors served through Interfaith Ministries.
As with each KUHF fundraiser, this was a community event with more than 200 volunteers answering phones starting at 5:50 a.m. each day, and over 12 local restaurants donating food and beverages to sustain the volunteers and staff.
Community leaders serving as guest hosts during the campaign included: Matthew VanBesien, Houston Symphony; David White, University of Houston's Moores School of Music; Anthony Freud, Houston Grand Opera; and UH Professor John Lienhard, Host and Author of The Engines of Our Ingenuity among others. Companies which offered challenge grants included: Air Liquide, Divas World Productions, NRG Texas, Rice University, and The Law Firm of Mayer Brown.
Approximately 93% of KUHF's annual revenue comes from the local community through gifts from individuals and program underwriting, support from businesses and other non-profits. The remainder (approximately 6%) comes from a federal Community Service Grant, miscellaneous services and interest on the station's cash reserves. KUHF receives no direct funding from either the State of Texas or the University of Houston.