When KNAU made the commitment to a short fall pledge drive, we knew it was a bold experiment.
Attempting to raise all of the necessary funds in half the time - a total of 24 hours of on-air fundraising instead of 56 hours - was definitely a risk. But from the time the pre-drive pledges began arriving to the moment the last phone rang on Wednesday evening, our listeners stepped forward with enthusiasm and proved that together we could make it happen. And you'll be glad to know that now that we've done it once, there's no turning back!
Our sincere thanks to everyone who helped make the short drive such a great success. From the 500 new members who joined and the lapsed members who returned after years away; to the sustaining members who increased their monthly donation and the many dedicated listeners who renewed their annual support - it was truly a team effort, and everyone played an important part.
The theme at the station on Wednesday, the final day of the drive, was "superhero day", and with the buzz of action and activity that had consumed the station throughout the pledge drive, it was a fitting finale! Several groups of terrific volunteers joined us, from Lowell Observatory, University College, Northland Rural Therapy Associates and the Museum of Northern Arizona. We're grateful for their help.
Many thanks to our community partners who donated food on Wednesday - Campus Coffee Bean, Fratelli's Pizza on 4th Street, and Satchmo's BBQ. They helped ensure that volunteers and staff had the necessary energy to keep up with the constant ring of telephones on that final day! Our gratitude also goes out to the staff at University College, and Bill and Kitty Putnam, for creating challenge gifts that helped inspire listeners to close the final fundraising gap and get us to our goal.
And finally, congratulations to our Tuesday and Wednesday iPad winners, Shawn Browning of Flagstaff and Lila Witt of Prescott.