MPR Gets A Big Gift From An Anonymous Source

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Minnesota Public Radio has received the largest charitable contribution in the noncommercial broadcast organization’s 55-year history.


Only, who is it from?

The cash gift of $56 million is from an anonymous donor, MPR notes.

And, it comes with explicit instructions that will please fans of Bach, Brahms, Mozart and other composers: The funds will be used exclusively to serve “YourClassical” audiences and provide technological support for new media transmission.

“This extraordinary gift will have a transformative impact on the future of Minnesota Public Radio and the communities we serve,” said Jean Taylor, MPR parent APMG’s President and CEO. “It will enable us to deepen and broaden our relevance with a growing audience by delivering compelling content, creating meaningful listening experiences and advancing MPR’s digital capabilities and infrastructure. Through the generosity and support of this donor – and so many others – we will continue to fulfill our public service mission.”

MPR will establish a separate permanent endowment to ensure stewardship of the substantial contribution, to best serve the donor’s designated purpose.

— With reporting from Radio Ink

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