KEXP, the public radio station in Seattle, has announced a gift of nearly $10 million from a donor identified only as Suzanne.
The bulk of the largest bequest ever to KEXP — and one of the largest ever to any single public radio station — will be placed in a long-term, board-directed endowment that will provide seed funding for emerging priorities at the station. The gift also will be used to supplement a range of music and media-education programs, accelerate the station's digital content strategy, and foster experimentation in the station's radio and online music programming.
Inspired by the gift and other bequests, the station has created a giving club for donors interested in considering KEXP in their estate plans. The club, the Reverb Society, will enable KEXP donors to leave a legacy that helps power the station for years to come.
"KEXP is a community-centered nonprofit, and it’s always been powered by individuals who support it in any way they can. Making this gift was Suzanne’s way of helping to secure a bright future for KEXP’s mission to make lives better through music,” said Kevin Cole, chief content officer at the station. “We intend to honor her legacy in every step we take in stewarding these funds. Suzanne's love of music, her support for artists, her sense of philanthropy and service to the community, and the joy she found in exploration and discovery will live on in the programs and services that are made possible through this amazing and generous gift."
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