Throughout the eight days and one morning of the Fall 2008 on-air campaign, KUHF partnered with the Hurricane Ike Gulf Coast Relief Fund to allow KUHF contributors the option to add an additional $10 to their station pledge to be passed on to the relief fund. The Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund was established at the request of Houston Mayor Bill White to help fill unmet human needs for victims of Hurricane Ike primarily in Galveston, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties. 2,145 contributors to KUHF gave the additional $10, or more, which will send more than $21,000 to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund.
During one full day of the campaign, contributors also had the opportunity to help Houston’s elderly in need through Interfaith Ministries. The October 28 “Meals on Wheels Day” allowed all KUHF contributors the option to forego their typical thank-you gift, with KUHF then donating the cash value of that thank-you gift for additional meals to local senior citizens. As a result of the generosity of KUHF members, over 6,200 meals will be purchased for needy seniors in the greater Houston area.
As with each KUHF fundraiser, this was a community event with more than 200 volunteers answering phones starting at 6 a.m. each day, and over 12 local restaurants donating food and beverages to sustain the staff and volunteers.
Community leaders serving as guest hosts during the campaign included: Dr. Renu Khator, University of Houston President; Matthew VanBesien, Houston Symphony; David White, University of Houston’s Moores School of Music; Dean Gladden Alley Theatre; Anthony Freud, Houston Grand Opera; and UH Professor John Lienhard, Host and Author of The Engines of Our Ingenuity among others. Companies which offered challenge grants included: CB Richard Ellis, GB Tubular with Richland Investments, Herrera Partners, NRG Energy, Mayer Brown LLP, Rice University, Tara Energy, Technip, Past Era Fine Jewelry, Vinson & Elkins LLP, and UH University Advancement.
Winners of the NRG Gas Card Giveaway, held during the 2008 on-air campaign are posted here.
Approximately 93% of KUHF annual revenue comes from the local community through individual gifts and business program underwriting. The remainder comes from a federal Community Service Grant, miscellaneous services and interest on the station’s fund balance. KUHF receives no direct funding from either the State of Texas or the University of Houston.