What is Sharathon?
Sharathon is our annual fundraiser. We are proud to be a listener supported ministry. The majority of our operating budget comes from listeners just like you.
Sharathon is more than just a fundraiser. This is a special time in our ministry where we get to connect with our listeners.
Then Christ Came
"Then Christ Came" is our chosen theme not just for Sharathon, but the whole year! Our focus this year will be testimonies and the radical change that happens when Christ becomes a part of our lives.
Our annual operating budget is $230,000. Our goal is calculated based on our budget and what we know we can count on. This year, our goal is $68,000. That amounts to $2,800 in new monthly gifts and $35,000 in one-time gifts.
How is the money used?
We have no debt! Our budget is used strictly for operating costs such as utilities, music licensing fees, insurance, general operating costs, and the salaries of our staff members. We have one part time and three full time employees. We also allocate some funds to community outreach events, such as concerts. One of our goals this year has been advertising. We have leased more billboards around town so that we can tell more people about Hope FM.
We are growing! In 2020 we were able to move our production director, Rachel, in from Ohio. In 2021, we were able to move our digital director, Daria, and her husband from Ohio as well. This year, we added our office assistant, Jessica, to our staff. The $230,000 is our "bare bones" operating budget. Our goal is to raise enough beyond that so that we are able to replace equipment as needed and lease more billboards so we can tell more people about the ministry of Hope FM. We have also applied with the FCC for a second signal that would expand our reach and allow us to spread the Gospel to even more people.
What difference can I make?
Of our roughly 10,000 listeners, only about 6% give. Some of our long term donors are no longer able to give, or have had to cut back due to a change in financial status. We need your help to fill those gaps. Whether you can give $5 a month or $500, you are making a difference in people's lives by helping us continue to spread HOPE.