Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Where's the Premium for Giving Already?

I enjoy WBUR's programming, really I do. In fact, I enjoy it enough that I give money every year. I know that the fundraising the station does is necessary, as it is for nearly every non-profit organization/charity; WBUR is not unique in that respect.

But it's (sigh) fall fundraising time again. It happens, however, that this year I gave several months ago. Got the tax receipt from Boston University to prove it. As usual, all the begging gets in the way of the standard programming. (I only hope this is a national thing, because otherwise the begging might be overriding some all-important piece on All Things Considered about saving rare llamas in Peru. Are other regions of the country hearing about the llamas, while we get the begging?)

I've noticed that if you give a certain amount, you often get a premium--a tote bag, a coffee mug, whatever. (I actually make a point of donating outside of regular fundraising periods, directly through the website. I have never gotten one of the premiums because of this.) But premiums are good for fundraising, so I propose the following: For regular contributors like myself, our premium should be a special code that unlocks an FM frequency with a fundraising-free feed of WBUR. I would gladly relinquish all claims on future coffee mugs/tote bags/umbrellas/autographed copies of the memoirs of Bob Oakes for that one small thing. Who's with me on this?


Blogger David said...

That's a great idea!

In the meantime however, if you're at a computer during the fundraising then you could listen to old NPR shows over the internet instead. Their archives are wonderful.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

aha...I'm a donator by paying for advertising space. The return isn't nearly as great as the donation, unfortunately.....

8:35 AM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

Not even a tote bag?

10:20 AM  
Blogger brian said...

We have a Public station in Nebraska as well & yes we have the ususal fundraising times as well! LOL

4:01 PM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

So nobody's missing the saves-the-llamas story. At least we've got that going for us, as the great Carl Spackler would say.

6:29 AM  

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