Sustaining Membership

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.

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.

We want to extend a huge thanks to our 12,500 Sustaining Members - and offer you a chance to save money for VPR, see your support go further and enter for a chance to win an iPad Air!

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.

Join the 12,000 sustaining supporters of VPR and you will be entered in a drawing for a trip to Chicago for a live recording of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! in Chicago.

Becoming a Sustainer is easy on the budget. All you do is set an automatic monthly contribution that works for you, and your continuing support helps us to bring you the programs – like Wait Wait – that you enjoy and rely on. Sustainers also help VPR plan its finances and save money by spending less on renewal letters.

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You’re an avid listener, and your dial is permanently tuned to VPR. You’re proud to say that your monthly contribution as a Sustaining Member ensures that the programs you love, like A Prairie Home Companion, are available because we can count on your monthly support.  What could possibly be more satisfying? How about complimentary tickets to see your favorite public radio personalities in a live performance?

VPR is making some important changes to our membership drives in the coming year.

We know that drives are not necessarily a listener favorite, but they are a critical way for VPR to remind our audiences of how our unique business model works. Also, every day there are people who discover public radio for the first time, and we need to regularly encourage new listeners to become contributing listeners.