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Why Should I Contribute?

Public radio is paid for by the public – that’s you. The only way we deliver comprehensive, unbiased coverage along with music and cultural programming is because listeners contribute financially to KOSU. Listeners are this station’s most reliable financial resource. Become a member today to ensure the service you trust.

Become a Member

Listeners are KOSU’s largest and most important source of funding. Your contribution provides necessary resources to help KOSU and kosu.org bring you the news and information you appreciate and rely upon each day. Become a member today, give monthly with a sustaining membership, join our major giving club, The Champions Circle, or find out more about benefits our members enjoy, including the KOSU newsletter. You can pledge online, you can mail your contribution to KOSU, P.O. Box 1116, Stillwater, OK 74076, or you can call us at 855.808.5678.

More Ways to Give

KOSU provides you with several paths to giving: donating your used car or boat is fast and easy, gifts of stock may provide you with valuable tax advantages, employer/individual matching gifts can enhance your contribution, planned estate gifts can make a major difference for KOSU’s future, and volunteering your time or service can really make a difference. To find out about any of these options, contact us at 855.808.5678.

Foundation Support

Grants fund not only general operations, but are a primary means through which KOSU is able to develop and test new programming and initiatives. Grants also support specific programs. Foundation support is vital to KOSU. To learn more about foundation support for KOSU, contact us at 855.808.5678.

Champions Circle

What is the KOSU Champions Circle?

KOSU has a strong base of supporters, but there is an important group of donors whose gifts each year build extra momentum as we approach the opportunities and challenges of keeping up the standard of quality expected from us. The KOSU Champions Circle provides the excellence funds that support virtually every activity of the station and represents the highest level of recognition an annual giving donor to KOSU can achieve.

The Champions Circle is comprised of major investors in KOSU. More important, they are our counselors and ambassadors. These Champions enable KOSU to expand its vision of excellence, to develop new programs, and to employ cutting-edge telecommunications technologies to find innovative ways of better serving the community.

KOSU Champions Circle members contribute at least $100 a month or $1,200 per year toward support of KOSU. Thank you for making a meaningful difference in the future of public radio at Oklahoma State University!

The Impact of Your Major Gift

Membership in the KOSU Champions Circle sends a clear statement about the strength of your support for the station. Reinforce your passion for public radio with a financial contribution to this important annual fund. Champions Circle members stand squarely in support of the listeners, volunteers, students and staff who make KOSU the great place that it is. Membership in the Champions Circle places you in the forefront of efforts to build and maintain excellence at KOSU.

How The Program Works

Annual membership begins at the time of your gift and continues for 12 months. Memberships may be held individually, jointly by couples, or even anonymously. Gifts may be given outright with cash, securities, real estate or property; corporate matching gifts at the time they are applied for, regardless of when they are expected to be received; payments made to cover the cost of life insurance policies assigned to a qualifying fund; or other irrevocable gifts.

Champions Circle Membership Levels

• Members - $1,200 annually or $100 per month
• Partners - $2,400 annually or $200 per month
• Leaders - $5,000 or more annually
• Visionaries - $10,000 or more annually

Champions Circle Benefits

Members
Recognition on-air, online and in print.
First-notice drawings to attend special KOSU performances and events.

Partners
All of the benefits listed above, plus:
Observe a live Morning Edition broadcast.

Tickets to a music performance at the KOSU Film Row Studios or the Blue Door.

Leaders
All of the benefits listed above, plus:

Observe a taping of This Week in Oklahoma Politics, The Living Room, The Oklahoma Rock Show or another locally produced program of your choosing.
Lunch with favorite staff member.

Visionaries
All of the benefits listed above, plus:
Dinner with the Executive Director.
Individualized recognition plaque in KOSU studios.
Other recognition opportunities are available, including naming rights for KOSU studios and towers.

To learn more about the Champions Circle, contact:
Kelly Burley
303 Paul Miller
Stillwater, OK 74078
855-808-5678
kelly @ kosu.org

CORPORATE SUPPORT

When your business becomes an underwriter on KOSU not only do you contribute to the success of a valued community service, you reach an exceptional audience.

The Benefits – A marketing strategy that combines the benefits of advertising with sound public relations – Reaching a target audience of well educated, influential, affluent and active listeners. – Being associated with the intelligent, stimulating and trusted programming of public radio programming on KOSU – The recognition of your customers and colleagues that your support of Oklahoma Public Radio represents a major commitment to the Oklahoma community.

Who listens to KOSU?

THE RIGHT DEMOGRAPHIC FOR YOUR BUSINESS: Active, Educated Adults with Above-Average Income

Age: The median age of the Public Radio Audience is 46. 67% of listeners are between the ages of 25 and 54.

Education: 64% of Public Radio listeners have a four-year college degree. They are four times more likely to earn a graduate degree than the average US adult.

Household Income: Public Radio households are more affluent. The median household income is $73,076. 48% have household incomes of $75,000 or more. 29% have household incomes of $100,000 or more.

Home Ownership: 78% of Public Radio listeners own their own home. The median home value is $170,868. 44% own homes worth $150,000 or more 32% own homes worth $200,000 or more.

Employment Activity: Listeners to Public Radio are influential in their companies. 33% are in supervisory positions. They are twice as likely to make business purchases and nearly four times as likely to be self employed.

Computer & Internet: The Public Radio Audience is computer savvy. 77% have a personal computer at home. 60% have used the Internet in the past month. And they are more than twice as likely to bank on-line than the average adult.

Contact Us

For more information about Underwriting and to receive the KOSU media kit contact Jenny Mae Harms at (405) 744-9974 or Don Crider at (405) 744-9976.

Corporate Underwriting FAQ

1. What can our message say and how long can it be?
FCC guidelines allow messages to include company name, a value-neutral description of products or services, and either a web address, location or phone number. Practically speaking this includes your company name plus a 15 word description. A representative can assist you in preparing your message.
2. Where will our announcements air and how often?
Messages can be scheduled during specific times of day, during specific programs or they can be rotated to reach all available audiences. KOSU has many underwriters that air one or two News announcements per week and others that air up to 3 or more per day. A representative can assist you in developing a schedule to meet your company’s reach, frequency and awareness needs.
3. How much does it cost?
An underwriting schedule on the KOSU can be designed to fit any budget. Quarterly and Annual Package Plans are available at reduced rates and provide reach to all audiences.
4. Can we be billed monthly?
Yes, In fact most Underwriters choose to be billed monthly. Other Underwriters prefer to provide advanced payment and receive a discount.
5. Can we receive more information?
Of course, to learn more about underwriting and to receive the KOSU media kit, please contact us at 405-744-6352 , toll free 800-228-4678.

CHALLENGE GRANTS

KOSU offers businesses and individuals a unique opportunity to be front and center with public radio listeners through our Challenge Grant program. These gifts will be used as incentives for listeners to contribute during Power Breaks within KOSU on-air pledge drives. Challenge grants can be made for $500, $1,000, $2,000 or more and may be issued by businesses, organizations or individuals. Challenge grant participants will be recognized during the challenge, thank you announcements following the drive, a web listing and through KOSU Radio on Facebook and Twitter. Best of all, challenge grant participants will be cemented in the listeners’ minds as totally committed to the programming that they value and cherish.

Challenge Levels:

$2,000 Level
1. Exclusive stand alone challenge during two hours (or until amount is matched).
2. A minimum of eight mentions during the hour.
3. Donor requests for specific hour will be honored if possible.
4. Option to recycle the grant to another hour if the challenge is not met.
5. Acknowledgement and a link to the donor’s business on the KOSU Web site.
6. Challenge Spotlight (paragraph) in the KOSU monthly e-newsletter to listener contributors.
7. Acknowledgement in thank you letters to volunteers and challenge sponsors.
8. Publicity throughout the pledge drive in our studios (logo or other signage provided by businesses.)

$1,000 Level
1. Donor will be mentioned in a stand alone message or in conjunction with other donors depending on the hour.
2. A minimum of six mentions during the hour. Please provide information aobut the business for the mentions.
3. Donor requests for a specific hour will be honored if possible.
4. Options to recycle the grant to another hour if the challenge is not met.
5. Acknowledgement and a link to the donor’s business on the KOSU Web site.
6. Acknowledgement in thank you letters to volunteers and challenge sponsors.
7. Publicity throughout the pledge drive in our studios (logo or other signage provided by business).

$500 Level
1. Donor will be mentioned in conjunction with other donors.
2. A minimum of four mentions during the hour.
3. option to recycle the grant to another hour if the challenge is not met.
4. Acknowledgement and a link to the donor’s business on the KOSU Web site.
5. Acknowledgement in thank you letters to volunteers and challenge sponsors.
6. Publicity throughout the pledge drive in our studios (logo or other signage provided by business.)

Thank you to the following businesses for providing matching money for our recent pledge drives.

Accurate Environmental Labs
Backwoods
Cherokee Nation

El Vaquero
Rex VII Hairstyling
Stillwater Milling Company
Stillwater Medical Center
Stillwater National Bank
Stillwater Building Center
The Hideaway

Houston Wealth Management
La Quinta Inn and Suites of Stillwater
Nature’s Supply
Perkins Drug

Majors Energy, LLC
SST Software
The Cat Clinic

Current Underwriters

The following companies are ongoing corporate supporters with KOSU.


Armstrong Auditorium
The Canebrake
City of Stillwater
Colcord Hotel of Oklahoma City
Cole and Reed
Chesapeake Energy
Delta Dental
Devon Energy
EcoWater Squad
Ellis and Drummond Law Firm
George Kaiser Family Foundation
Formal Fantasy
Genesis Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa
Interworks, Inc.
Invest Ed Oklahoma
Judith Karman Hospice
Levelland Productions
McCollom’s Furniture
Meinders Foundation
National Shows 2
OBU Graduate School
OERB
Oklahoma Arts Institute
Oklahoma City Community College Arts Festival
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Oklahoma City Philharmonic
Oklahoma City University-School of Adult and Continuing Education
Oklahoma City University School of Law — Innocence Center
Oklahoma Humanities Council
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University Foundation
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park
OSU Theatre Department
Razook’s Drug
Riata Center for Entrepreneurship
Rose State Live
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Stillwater Building Center
Stillwater Convention and Visitors Bureau
Stillwater Farmer’s Market
Stillwater Medical Center
Stillwater Public Library
Stillwater Senior Cohousing
Stockyards City
The Blue Door
The Hideaway
University and Community Federal Credit Union
Wilson Electric and Alarm
World Neighbors

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