Statement issued Monday:
Northeast Indiana Public Radio exceeded the goal for its recently concluded spring fund drive, and in the process helped generate more than a ton of donated produce to Community Harvest Food Bank.
The eight-day fund drive, which concluded April 16th, generated $137,000 in pledges of support from listeners, which exceeded the station’s goal. And in collaboration with Green B.E.A.N. Delivery, two pounds of produce were donated to the food bank with each pledge.
“It was a real treat to blend the mission of public radio with the goal of helping an agency that does such great work battling hunger in our community,” said NIPR President and General Manager Will Murphy.
Green B.E.A.N. Delivery is a regional food delivery service operating in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. They are just getting established in Fort Wayne. As a result of the collaboration, Green B.E.A.N. will contribute over 2200 pounds of food to Community Harvest.
"We are thrilled to partner with NIPR and Green B.E.A.N Delivery to provide highly nutritious fresh produce to those in northeast Indiana struggling to put food on the table," said Jane Avery, executive director of Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc. "Both are clearly invested in helping to make this community a better place for all and we are honored to be invited to partner with such forward thinking and progressive organizations."
Officials from Green B.E.A.N echoed those sentiments. “Being a Ft. Wayne native, it was a true pleasure to partner with NIPR and Community Harvest Food Bank and witness the collective response from the community I was raised in and respect,” said Green B.E.A.N. vice president John Freeland. “We were able to band together and make a sizable difference for some of the less fortunate folks in Northeastern Indiana, which is what this partnership was all about.”
Almost one-thousand listeners from around the region pledged their support to public broadcasting during the spring drive. NIPR membership manager Dave Hunter said nearly a third of those were new members.
“We had a lot of people who called and said they couldn’t stand to think of their daily routine without NIPR,” he said. “So, they decided to step up and chip in. Fund drive is always a favorite time of year here, because we get to talk to our listeners about how much we all love public radio.”
Oftentimes pledge drives involve offering a “premium” or “thank you gift” when people make pledges to public broadcasting, Murphy said. “But people really seemed to respond to the idea of having their pledge go that much further to help another very vital agency in northeast Indiana.”
Like many public radio stations, NIPR operates two fund drives each year. Murphy says listener support is the largest single component of the local station budget, accounting for 40 percent of the station’s annual revenues.
NIPR offers talk and jazz programming on station WBOI (89.1 FM), with classical music featured on sister station WBNI (89.1 FM).