Membership Drive

Everything you ever wanted to know about VPR's membership drives, but were afraid to ask!

Reporters Emily Corwin and Liam Elder-Connors model the new Brave Little State t-shirt.
Angela Evancie / VPR

VPR’s spring membership drive begins Tuesday, April 3 with a goal of $425,000 to help keep VPR strong and independent throughout the year.

VPR Membership Drive Prizes

Nov 30, 2017

Thank you to everyone who entered our prize drawings and to our generous underwriters for providing these great prizes and supporting VPR!

For every Giving Tuesday contribution to VPR, two generous individuals in Burlington and Shelburne will donate 15 meals to the Vermont Foodbank.
Vermont Foodbank

Update: What an incredible day! On Giving Tuesday 2017 we heard from 1,829 listeners who supported VPR and collectively sent 27,435 meals to Vermonters in need via the Vermont Foodbank. From everyone at VPR, thank you for your generous support. We are so honored to be part of this community.

Use the voice memo app on your smartphone to record a message about why you're a VPR Sustainer.
Emily Alfin-Johnson / VPR

Sustainers: we want to hear from YOU! Why do you sustain VPR? What does being a Sustainer mean to you? Record and share your sustainer love and you might hear yourself during our December membership drive.

VPR is giving away an iPad Pro during the September membership drive.
Small Dog Electronics

Thank you! More than 4,300 VPR supporters came together to raise more than $400,000 for VPR in under six days of on-air fundraising - several days shorter than most pledge drives! We met the goal just before 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 20. Thank you so much to everyone who made it possible and to those who support VPR. 

Sustainer Sprint race bib
Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

VPR’s Sustainer Sprint is a 30 hour race to welcome 300 new Sustaining Members to the VPR Family. The sprint begins Friday, March 10 at 6 a.m. and ends at noon on Saturday, March 11.

Update: at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, July 1, we reached our fundraising goal of $300,000 and "unlocked" the $100,000 challenge for a grand total of $400,000! Thanks to the more than 4,500 listeners who contributed to our fundraiser to help pay for the programming and all of the services VPR provides.

Contribute by Thursday, March 31 and you’ll automatically be entered into a drawing for a $2,000 gift card to Small Dog Electronics.

Small Dog Electronics is Vermont’s Apple retailer. You could use the gift card for an iPad Pro, Apple TV, Macbook, Apple Watch, or anything else at their stores or online at smalldog.com.

To Donate:

This spring, public radio stations across the country will begin their traditional on-air pledge drives. While they will be raising critical funds necessary to serve their communities, they will also be interrupting programs for a full week (or more).

We think there's a better way. Last spring, VPR eliminated an entire pledge drive because fans and friends across the region contributed before the scheduled start of the on-air drive.

One of the most rewarding aspects of a membership drive is that, in addition to donations, we receive thousands of comments from listeners. Some are appreciative, some offer constructive criticism, and some provide downright inspiration.

On the last day of the December membership drive - when it looks like we'll end a bit short of our goal - we received the following email from Ken Cadow, a middle school teacher and supporter of VPR. After making his year-end gift, he sent us the following note:

Pledge Drive Light: all of the funding, none of the program interruptions.
Lara Dickson / Deep Dish Creative

Update 9/21/15: YOU DID IT! Thanks to more than 5,000 listeners, VPR surpassed its membership drive goal of $375,000 on Friday, September 18! In addition to meeting an important financial goal to keep the programming strong, we welcomed nearly 1,000 first-time contributors! Growing the VPR family provides a broad base of support essential to our public service.  

We want to sincerely thank everyone who supported VPR during this drive and all year-round. We truly couldn’t do it without you.

VPR

Just as you count on VPR to feed your brain, we have a new lunch bag to hold the food that feeds your belly.

For your gift of $150 or $12/month as a Sustainer, we'll thank you with this US-made, charcoal, naturally insulated, Europrene bag to make your desk lunch a little less sad and show off your support for VPR.

VPR

For your gift of $35 or more during the September Membership Drive, we’ll thank you with the official, authentic, authorized VPR Fan Kit!

Our first-ever Fan Kit includes a wallet-sized bottle opener, temporary tattoos, euro magnet, Live From The Fort CD, silicone smartphone wallet and more!

Update for June 15: Thank you! VPR met its June 2015 membership drive goal of $325,000 early Saturday morning, after just three days and two hours of traditional pledge drive fundraising. It was one of the shortest drives in VPR history. More than 3,000 listeners contributed to the effort.

Update for 3/18/15: We did it! No, YOU did it! We met our goal of $350,000 on Tuesday, March 17, seven hours before the deadline. The drive was supposed to start today, but instead you’re hearing regularly scheduled programming. Thank you for making this experiment in less-disruptive fundraising an incredible success!

We'd love to know what our listeners thought of this campaign. Please take our survey and let us know!

Daria Bishop / VPR

The goal for VPR's December Membership Drive is $350,000. VPR's programming and services are broad and diverse, but their common thread is you. Your financial support has had a real and powerful impact, making Vermont Public Radio an incredible resource for the entire region.

Please make a difference with a year-end gift to VPR today. And be sure to check back here throughout the drive for updates.

What if you could support your public radio station and fight hunger in Vermont at the same time?

Well, now you can. Vermont Public Radio has joined forces with the Vermont Foodbank and Hannaford Supermarkets to help our neighbors in need of food assistance. 

For every gift to VPR during our September Membership Drive, Hannaford Supermarkets will donate 10 meals to the Vermont Foodbank.

Monday is Pet Day today for VPR’s membership drive! We’re asking you to tell us about your pet when you make a contribution to VPR today. 

Cooking With Shelburne Farms
Courtesy of Cooking With Shelburne Farms

VPR’s membership drive is off to a great start, with nearly $100,000 raised so far.

If you love Vermont and food (and who doesn’t?) and haven’t made your contribution to VPR yet, you’ll want to do it now to be entered into two exciting prize drawings happening tonight and tomorrow morning.

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