To say that our 2019 Fall Pledge Drive was a success would be quite the understatement. While KJazz is fortunate to reach our fundraising goals in previous drives, this Fall we surpassed our initial goal beyond expectation. The results are as follows. The average pledge amount per person was $175. On the last day of the drive, we had $86,310.16 pledged from 453 individuals. While our initial goal was $60,000, this Fall we amassed a whopping amount of $323, 453 (including the $30,000 Herb Alpert Challenge Grant)— which exceeds five times our initial goal! As always, we couldn’t have done so without the collective effort of the KJazz station management, our team staff, DJ Hosts, our dedicated volunteers, and lastly our loyal listeners in the country and around the world. The pledge drive wouldn’t have possible without your help. All profits will go towards covering the operational costs for the radio station along with providing for scholarships and internships toward the university for California State University, Long Beach. KJazz would like to thank everybody who has assisted, participated, and donated throughout the Pledge Drive. KJazz appreciates your time, generosity, and enthusiasm in making the KJazz 2019 Fall Pledge Drive as successful as it was this year around.
In exchange for your support, KJazz strives to give back to our community not only through music that our listeners adore, but through special prizes our listeners can enjoy as well. Firstly, all donors were automatically entered to win our grand sweepstakes for the Paris Jazz Cruise in April 2020 led by David Benoit, Jose Rizo and Bubba Jackson— a 7 day musical adventure to Paris and Normandy! Winners will be treated to several onboard concerts featuring outstanding European musicians playing straight ahead jazz, a little Django Reinhardt-style gypsy jazz, plus we’ll throw one of our famous Latin jazz dance parties! Secondly, our volunteers had the opportunity to win a pair of concert tickets to our annual 2019 Jingle Jazz Concert featuring Jose Rizo at El Rey Theater in Los Angeles in celebration for DJ Host Jose Rizo’s 30th anniversary on KJazz. In addition to our large array of special gifts, all donors also had the chance to choose from our wide selection of special gifts including: classic CD’s, flash drives and iPods filled with Jazz greatest hits, concert tickets, restaurant gift cards, etc. Once again, we would like to offer a special thank you to all participators, volunteers, and donors for making Our KJazz 2019 Fall Pledge Drive the best one yet! Our listenership and your constant support allow KJazz to continue its mission of educating and preserving jazz as an important American art form to both current and future generations of jazz enthusiasts and aspiring musician-alike. Please be sure to mark on your calendars that the 2020 Spring Pledge Drive, which will take place from April 2-5, 2020. We look forward to seeing you again soon.