Hawaiʻi Public Radio successfully concluded its fall fund drive "Celebration 2015" on October 24 at 1:05 p.m. The award-winning nonprofit raised a total of $980,449, exceeding its goal by $2,449. Approximately $174,000 of that amount was raised before the drive went on the air on October 13, while the final $21,000 was raised through a steady stream of phone calls in the final hour.
“Much to our chagrin, our pledge drives seem to be so entertaining and informative that our members have become content listening to us fundraise for eleven and a half days!” said Michael Titterton, president and general manager. “All kidding aside, we are immensely grateful to our growing community of donors whose generosity has ensured the health and growth of HPR’s operations for the next six months.”
Titterton continues, "Over the last decade, monies raised through the station's semi-annual pledge drives have made it possible to build a statewide network and develop more locally produced content. The coming year will be an extraordinarily exciting time as much of those efforts will be coming to fruition."
HPR gathers 93 percent of the revenue to support its $4.8 million annual operating budget from within the state, through individual members and corporate underwriters. This fall fund drive saw unexpected, last-minute matching gifts by individuals, businesses, and foundations. The station also drew the support of more than 600 volunteers representing a range of Hawaiʻi-based companies, who served on phone banks or as on-air guests.
Providing breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks for Celebration 2015 workers were Wanda Adams, Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop, Arturo’s Salsa & Chips, Bernadette’s Fine Cuisine, Camille’s Meals on Wheels, Da Spot, Fresh Café, Ginniberries, Grondin, Gyotaku, Honolulu Museum of Art Café, Kan Zaman, Kokua Market, La Tour Café, J.J. Dolan’s, Madeleine McKay, Murphy’s Bar & Grill, Napoleon’s Bakery, Nico’s Pier 38, Proof Public House, Salad Envy, Tacos Zarate, Town Restaurant, Whole Foods Market – Kailua, and Wurst-Wagen Authentic German Grindz.