KUHF Houston Public Radio Raises over $885,000 During Fall Fundraising Campaign

KUHF Houston Public Radio raised $885,676 during its Fall 2007 on-air fundraising campaign which ended Friday morning, October 26th at 9:00 a.m. The final total represents direct donations from 2,057 new and 3,372 renewing contributors, and includes individual and corporate challenge grants used during the course of the campaign.

Approximately 87% of KUHF Houston Public Radio's annual revenue comes from the local community through individual gifts and business program underwriting. The remainder comes from a federal Community Service Grant, miscellaneous services and interest on the station's fund balance. KUHF receives no direct funding from either the State of Texas or the University of Houston.

"All of us at Houston Public Radio are grateful for this outstanding show of support from the community" KUHF CEO and General Manager John Proffitt said. "We are pleased to have broadened our base of support in this campaign by setting a new record of over 2,000 new members. We owe a big thank you to our corporate and arts partners who offered fantastic incentives and challenges to convert more listeners into listener-supporters."

As with each Houston Public Radio fundraiser, this was a community event with more than 200 volunteers answering phones starting at 6 a.m. each day, and 12 local restaurants donating food and beverages to sustain the staff and volunteers.

Community leaders serving as guest hosts during the campaign included: Welcome Wilson Sr., Chairman of UH System Board of Regents; Matthew VanBesien, Houston Symphony; Sidney Berger, UH School of Theatre; David White, Moores School of Music; Dean Gladden Managing Director, Alley Theatre; Anthony Freud, General Director, Houston Grand Opera; and Professor John Lienhard, Host and Author of The Engines of Our Ingenuity among others. Companies which offered challenge grants included: Anadarko Petroleum, James E. Bashaw & Company, CB Richard Elllis, GB Tubulars, Houston Headache Clinic, The Law Firm of Mayer Brown, Tara Energy, Technip, and The Law Firm of Vinson & Elkins.

KUHF Houston Public Radio is a fully professional radio service affiliated with National Public Radio (NPR) and certified by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Broadcasting on 88.7 FM and on three channels of HD Digital, KUHF provides three independent program services of News and Information, Classical Music and News and Information in Spanish language. KUHF is supported financially by its listener-members, and by gifts from the greater Houston community, through the Association for Community Broadcasting. KUHF is licensed to the Board of Regents of the University of Houston and is operated in the public interest as a community outreach of the University. More information at www.kuhf.org.