Listener Candidate


Leslie Fox




  • Committee to Strengthen KPFK
  • Statement:

    I will bring to KPFK’s Local Station Board a twenty-five year history in professional fund raising for major research universities (Harvard and Stanford), environmental organizations (Sierra Club and the SC Legal Defense Fund (now EarthJustice), the Nature Conservancy International Program, and various arts organizations. I have a background working in progressive causes, particularly on environmental and social justice issues, the anti war movement, political campaigns, and issue oriented local and national organizing efforts. 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 San Onofre nuclear power plant, the Century Freeway, cases representing clients in coastal areas like Malibu that led to the establishment of the California Coastal Commission, and efforts to halt offshore oil drilling and pipeline construction since the major spill off of Santa Barbara in the 1970s. I have been a member of the National Progressive Democrats for America in two locales in Los Angeles since 2002.

    In all of my staff positions I have worked with board members on fund raising and governance and created advisory/campaign committees to raise funds for selected institutions. I am familiar with and experienced in the qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of “major” and “leadership” gift prospects. I have been a member, supporter, and/or activist for Amnesty International, ACLU, Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, Heal the Bay, Wildlife Conservation International, Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, Earthjustice, and other civil rights and social justice organizations.

    As a long term listener and financial supporter of Pacifica, (KPFA when living in Northern California and KPFK in Los Angeles), I believe that I can contribute to the development of policies and programs that will give KPFK a more diversified fundraising program. This program would include all aspects of major giving (sustainers and $1,000 + donors) as well as planned giving-estate gifts, bequests, and life income gifts (charitable trusts, pooled income funds, and gift annuities) for large and small donors alike. Because of my dedication to KPFK’s mission, there will be unique fund raising challenges and new opportunities that should be implemented in coordination with KPFK and Pacifica’s traditions, history, and policies. My goal along with other board, staff, and listener members, 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.

    Optional Questions

    In what ways are the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?

    KPFK is taking a realist, pragmatic, and honest appraisal of its own financial challenges, and without compromising the mission, the Station’s volunteers, staff, and member listeners are ready to implement a constructive and ethical approach to its current financial situation in order to preserve it’s unique role in Southern California.

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