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WMUK partners with community organizations in spring drive

by Mark Schwerin

April 6, 2011 | WMU News

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Pledge or donate April 9-15
KALAMAZOO--Public radio station WMUK is partnering with Ministry with Community and the Kalamazoo Foundation in its spring fund drive, which begins Saturday, April 9.

Called "The Partnership for Rebuilding Lives," the effort will raise funds for WMUK programs while assisting those suffering from homelessness, poverty and mental illness in the Kalamazoo area. Kalamazoo Community Foundation has agreed to make a gift to Ministry with Community equal to 10 percent of dollars pledged or donated to WMUK before or during the station's on-air spring campaign. The offer is good for the first $150,000 raised by WMUK, the public radio station of Western Michigan University.

All fund drive donations go to WMUK. All contributions from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation to Ministry with Community are separate gifts over and above WMUK spring campaign dollars. The on-air portion of the drive runs through Friday, April 15.

Pre-drive mail-in contributions and online pledging at will be significant factors in helping WMUK reduce pledge hours while raising the funds necessary to purchase programs such as "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered." WMUK's web ticker at will feature up-to-date results of the station's fundraising effort throughout the drive and provide updates on the "Partnership for Rebuilding Lives."