Like the station's leaky roof, pledges in KMUN radio's fund drive last week trickled and sometimes flooded in - even until the morning after the drive was over.

In the end, the nonprofit organization "squeaked" past its unofficial goal of $30,000, development director Merianne Myers said.

"Life is lived pretty close to the edge financially in community radio land," Myers said. "It's not like we have a pile of money hanging around for a rainy day."

Monday morning, when the seven-day pledge drive had finished, Myers said she was ready to pass a hat around the office to collect the few remaining dollars of their goal. But thanks to some last-but-not-least contributors who stopped by the station, she didn't have to.

With this pledge drive, KMUN added 113 members to its more than 1,200 member base in the five counties where KMUN can be heard.

"The largest segment of our listening base is not members," she said. "The average public radio listener listens for seven years before they become a member."

Of KMUN's potential listening base of 60,000 people, about 2 percent contribute to the station, she said.

"It means the community has really stepped forward and responded to the call," Myers said. "It also means we are in hard times."

About 335 pledges came in, accounting for $20,000, Myers said. Some $10,000 of the total came from the 19 grantors, who promised to match funds from outside contributors if the station raises an agreed upon amount of money in a certain amount of time.

"We put the challenge up and we have to meet it or we don't get it," Myers said. "It grants a really sense of urgency to every program."

The station met all its challenge grants during the allotted time, except one, she said.

The funds raised contribute to KMUN's $240,000 year-round operating costs, materials to patch a leaking roof or a remodeling job to the Tillicum House's exterior, where the station's studios are located.

KMUN also receives funding from corporate underwriting, philanthropy and grants. Recently, it received a grant of $3,000 to its general fund from the Oregon-based Samuel S. Johnson Foundation.

The Oregon Community Foundation granted $10,000 toward the development of a local news department at KMUN, which will begin broadcasts later this year, Myers said. Several other foundations, private donors and businesses provide donations and grants throughout the year.

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