We've got two goals for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
One's pretty simple: $700,000. That's how much we should raise in order to stay on track. That's what our community needs to raise to keep this community service going.
Thanks to the contributions of our sustaining members, we completely eliminated a summer fundraiser that we had held for many, many years. The sustainer program is working, and your support in this way has made a huge difference in how we can plan our budget, which in turn affects every aspect of our service.
The second goal is slightly more involved. We call it the "Two Percent Solution." Here's what we mean by that: At present, 7% of our listeners are members. That is, for every 100 people who regularly listen to WMRA, seven people make a regular contribution. We want to raise that figure by two percent this year. We want at least 9% of our listeners to be regular contributors.
That's for the long haul. If 9% of our listeners are contributors, the sustainability of this station and the public service it provides won't be in question. In fact, we'll be able to build upon the service we've already established, increasing our news coverage of local events and issues, and improving and growing our local productions and on-air and on-line distribution.
So, it's easy to help: contribute as a sustaining member, so we can keep this going. You listen to WMRA; please support WMRA. If one out of ten listeners supported WMRA as a sustaining member, we could potentially eliminate all fundraisers. Please, be that one.
We've got a ton of new thank you gifts! Find out more about them here.
Where are the other installment options? They're no longer available. We've changed how we accept contributions, and are now offering two options: a monthly, ongoing membership, and a single-payment contribution. We've made this change to decrease our administrative costs. Sending out reminders and processing multiple payments incurs a lot of labor, plus shipping and handling fees, that we'd much rather spend on actual radio programming! Partnering with you in this way puts less of your contribution towards overhead costs, and more of it directly towards our service. We hope you'll agree that applying your financial support as efficiently as possible is a good idea!
What if I'd like to increase, decrease, or otherwise change my sustaining membership?
You can try out our new on-line system for managing your membership...
... or just give us a call! 800-NPR-WMRA (800-677-9672).
What if I need to change my credit card information? If your expiration date has changed, or if you would like to have your monthly sustaining membership fulfilled with a different card than we have on file, call 800-NPR-WMRA (800-677-9672) and ask for our Membership Director, Scott Lowe.
I need to get a copy of my contribution information for tax purposes. We're happy to provide you a copy of the form that indicates the tax deduction you're entitled to when you contribute to WMRA. Just call 800-NPR-WMRA (800-677-9672) and ask for our Membership Director, Scott Lowe.
I'm able to make a large donation, and would like to join WMRA's Leadership Circle. Great! Thank you for helping us to serve our community. Please give us a call (800-677-9672), and ask for Al Bartholet.
WMRA brings you news and information from National Public Radio, Virginia Public Radio, the BBC, and from our own local newsroom. Day in and day out, you can rely upon WMRA for in-depth journalism and reasoned discussions of the issues and events of our time. When you contribute to WMRA, you'll be making this valuable service possible.
Programs like Morning Edition with Bob Leweke and All Things Considered with Matt Bingay, Martha Woodroof's The Spark, and our special news series (like Andrew Jenner's series on Becoming American, and Kara Lofton's reporting on Homelessness in Virginia) are all dependent on listener support.
WEMC is Virginia's first public radio station, founded by Eastern Mennonite University in 1955. Today it serves the Shenandoah Valley with a wealth of classical music, including weeknight showcases of live recordings by orchestras from Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York, and around the Valley.
Become a Sustaining Member and we’ll continue to charge your debit or credit card for ongoing payments until you tell us to stop. Minimum $10 per month. Each year at renewal, you’ll receive a letter and you’ll be able to choose the current thank you gift for your contribution level and tell us whether you want a MemberCard, and also whether you want to increase your monthly giving amount. Be sure to check the box for "I want to be a sustaining member." Or you can give a one time lump sum payment or installment giving. Thanks for your support!
You may also call in your contribution: 800-NPR-WMRA (800 677-9672).
If you prefer to send a check, please address it to:
WMRA or WEMC
983 Reservoir St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Thank you for your support!