HPR enters final day of drive

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Public Radio enters the final day of its spring pledge drive with $117,880 still to raise, of a total goal of $886,000.

In a campaign that is being watched by public broadcasters all over the country, HPR is trying to meet its goal in eight days instead of the usual ten. "The 80 Percent Solution" drew $253,061 in pre-drive contributions, leaving $768,120 to raise in the drive itself.

To conclude the campaign as planned rather than running to Thursday or even Friday, the independent nonprofit needed to make Wednesday one of its biggest fundraising days.

About two thirds of HPR's operating budget comes from direct listener donations while most of the rest comes from local corporate underwriting.

HPR operates two program streams flagshipped on KHPR and KIPO Honolulu, with more stations on Maui and the Big Island that simulcast those program streams. It has been adding stations and repeaters in recent years, while also adding to its news departrment.

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