It’s that time of year again folks! KCR’s fundraising drive is under way for the month of May.
While volunteers put in hundreds of hours each week to make KCR happen, we have bills to pay, and a tiny but dedicated staff on the payroll. All of this adds up to an annual budget of around $120,000. That’s a serious chunk of change for a non-profit organization to scrounge up each year.
And really, that amount reflects a typical year of spending. Not a year like 2019. This year we have a few major projects on our plate. The first involves the replacement of the mix board in Studio A. This will be a $3500 hit. The current board is being held together by tape and good intentions, so it is crucial that we replace it ASAP.
And this expense pales in comparison to our transmitter move to the top of Elephant Mountain. Now we know we’ve been talking about this for years, but it’s proven to be a surprisingly complex and expensive undertaking. If we’re going to make this happen before the snow starts flying in October, we need to find an extra $7000 – $10,000 to make it happen.
Why so much? Because bringing in a crew from Kelowna and flying them and their gear in and out of a mountain-top job site doesn’t come cheap. Our volunteers are mighty, but this is way outside of our skillset.
So this year we are looking to raise $25,000+. This amount can be made up from one-time donations of any amount, or monthly sustaining donations ranging from $5.50 per month up to $20.
There is so much more we could say on this subject right now, but we have all month to talk about why investing in Kootenay Co-op Radio is a good idea. And don’t you worry… we will. UNLESS, of course, some generous soul cares to drop $25K on us right now? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone? (Well, it was worth a shot!)
If you are ready right now to make a contribution to keeping independent media alive and well in the West Kootenay, you can do that by clicking on the donation button below.
If you need more info before choosing to invest in your friendly neighbourhood co-op radio station, please stay tuned!