What a week! We’re thrilled to report that VPR raised more than $402,000 during the launch of the “grassroots” phase of the VPR Next Capital Campaign, which has been matched 100 percent by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. Overall, we’ve raised more than $8.75 million of our $10 million goal from more than 1,500 supporters.
Here's how one listener summed up why she supported VPR Next:
I recently made a donation to the VPR Next campaign and it strikes me that this campaign isn't just about space. It's about "place," as that word is used in history and the arts. "Place" iswhat grounds us, what attaches us to our past as we move into the future. “Place" becomes, in this context, a key component of our identity. So kudos to you all at VPR for preserving that sense of place, both on the ground and on the air, for all those who love VPR!
The VPR Next Campaign is about more than an improvement and expansion of our historic headquarters; broad support from our audience will ensure that Vermont’s trusted and independent source of information, culture and music not only endures, but thrives for generations to come.
We’ve come so far and believe we can meet our goal over the next several months.
If you haven’t yet made a gift to the VPR Next Campaign, it’s not too late to invest in VPR’s future. Special thank-you gifts are still available and every contribution will be matched by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.
VPR installed a camera on the tower above our headquarters to record this time-lapse video of the construction from June 2015 - February 2016: