Challenge grant leads to $234,000 in donations for WSHU

A challenge grant from Newman’s Own Foundation inspired 894 WSHU Public Radio listeners to donate more than $84,000 in a single day of on-air fund-raising on May 23. In total, $234,000 was raised in support of the station, making it one of the most successful, single days of on-air fund-raising in WSHU history.

“We are truly honored that Newman’s Own Foundation recognizes WSHU for the outstanding service we provide to our community, and offered us this extraordinary fundraising opportunity,” said George Lombardi, WSHU general manager. “And we’re grateful that listeners joined with them in supporting us.”

Since 1982, Newman’s Own Foundation has donated more than $370 million to thousands of nonprofit organizations helping people in need around the world.

Newman’s Own Foundation provided a $75,000 challenge grant to WSHU, and suggested that WSHU leverage the donation two-for-one. Other  community partners and individuals matched the $75,000 grant, including Lime Rock Race Park, Robinson & Cole, The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, Netherby Advisors, Guilford Fund, Edgard & Geraldine Feder Foundation, Howard Aibel, Marianne Crew, Eileen Roaman, George and Margaret Heintzelman, Cindy Knuth, Broadcast Society Member Fund and Leadership Circle Member Fund.

Newman’s Own Foundation staff members worked during the one-day pledge drive, answering telephones and recording pledges.

“Paul Newman believed that the independent voice played a critical role in making our world a better place,” said Robert Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation. “We are proud to continue his support of public broadcasting through our funding of WSHU, a station that has served our own community for many years with relevant, quality programming.”

The money raised will be used to pay for the NPR News and classical music that WSHU broadcasts.

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