Volunteers and staff at Montana Public Radio are gearing up for the station’s annual Spring Pledge Week. The on-air fundraising event begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13, and ends at midnight Sunday, April 21, at the conclusion of the wildly popular “Pet Wars.”
Contributions can be made online anytime at http:///www.mtpr.org or by calling 406-243-6400 or 800-325-1565 from 6 a.m. to midnight, April 13-21.
Members and sponsors provide more than 60 percent of the station’s annual operating funds, the majority of which are raised during Spring Pledge Week.
“Our listeners are very generous. They contribute support for the broad range of programming available on our service – from news and music to interesting discussion programs,” said William Marcus, the station’s general manager. “Listeners provide the single most important source of funding for MTPR and we can’t thank them enough.”
Hundreds of businesses and individuals throughout western Montana donate thousands of items and services that are used as thank-you gifts for listeners who make financial donations. Some of the most popular items are goat compost, a day of sailing on Flathead Lake, homemade cakes and pies, weekend ski trips and gift certificates for dinners, massages, yard work and more. Premium donations will be accepted until noon Thursday, April 18.
“Spring Pledge Week is like a big family reunion,” said Linda Talbott, MTPR fundraising director. “We get to hear how we are doing from thousands of members and visit with our volunteers. It’s a fun week.”
MTPR is a public service of The University of Montana and receives financial support from its listeners, UM and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Western Montana, dailies