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I will bring to KPFK’s Local Station Board a twenty-five year history in professional fund raising for major research universities e.g. Harvard and Stanford, and major environmental organizations e.g. Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, and the Nature Conservancy. I have as long a background working in progressive causes and am a member of Amnesty International, Sierra Club, ACLU, Earthjustice, and other environmental, social justice, and anti-war organizations. In the 1970s I worked at the Center for Law in the Public Interest, the first environmental law firm in California. Our major lawsuits include the battle against building of the nuclear power plant at San Onofre, the Century Freeway, cases representing clients in coastal areas that led to the establishment of the California Coastal Commission, and efforts to halt offshore oil drilling and pipeline construction. I have been a member of the Progressive Democrats for America here in Los Angeles since 2002. In all of my staff positions as a development officer I worked with board members on fund raising and governance and created advisory/campaign committees to raise funds. Therefore I understand how to implement donor programs of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship and how to set in motion the process of creating a new strategic plan that incorporates revenue goals and projections to secure KPFK’s future.

As a long term listener and financial supporter of Pacifica, (KPFA and KPFK) I believe that I can help to lead in developing policies and programs that will give KPFK a more diversified fundraising program that would include all aspects of major giving (sustainers and $1,000 + donors) as well as legacy giving, e.g. bequests, life income gifts (charitable trusts, pooled income funds, and gift annuities) designed for large and small donors alike. Because of my dedication to KPFK’s mission, these new opportunities to raise funds can be structured to be compatible with KPFK’s traditions and policies. Along with other board, staff, and listener members, my goal is to insure the long term sustainability of this vitally important media network and to keep KPFK’s mission vibrant and relevant now and in the future.

 

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In what ways are the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
I bring a fresh optimistic perspective to KPFK’s financial future. Every non profit, even those that end up on the shoals temporarily, has an option to invest in and implement proven fundraising techniques that have worked for every non-profit since the early part of the second half of the twentieth century. History tells the story.

In what ways are the station moving in a negative direction, that you would want to stop or change? What changes would you work for?
I have outlined some of my suggestions on where to expand fund raising and it is not in corporate sponsorship. With that option (only 4% of giving is directly given by corporations 90% of all money raised in American comes from individuals, and no matter what anyone says, the tax code has a lot to do with the amounts raised and from whom. Individuals who are committed to KPFK’s true mission do not need to interfere with programming but they need to oversee the effectiveness of boards.

What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station's mission?
This is a pivotal point for KPFK because unless it is committed to change it will disappear and we can’t allow this to happen. During this difficult time, I would have preferred to see a “temporary” board elected who promised not to run again but who were motivated to completely remodel the board structure, even the way it is elected. Change in difficult but most often true change must come from the outside as well as the inside.

What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
I would also recommend that a small advisory board (not elected) would make plans to change this board structure and selection process but also be committed to enter the fundraising arena.

So, what do you think ?