Why? Radio and IPPL needs your help more than ever; we get no money from the University of North Dakota.

And really, if you won’t support philosophy, who will?

Every guest on Why? Radio and every person who works with IPPL donates his or her time. This keeps our costs low and means that everyone associated with our programs is happy to be doing what they can for us. Your contribution goes a long, long way.

Thank you! We appreciate your generosity!

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Donors receive thank-you gifts, music CDs that have  themselves been donated to us.

For gifts of $25 or more, you will receive the world jazz CD Lua e Sol from Mark Weinstein (while supplies last). This is the album that contains all of the wonderful music that makes up the show¹s soundtrack.

For gifts of $100 or more, you will receive a handful of his CDs, remarkable music from Brazil, Cuba, and some straight-ahead jazz. You can visit Mark¹s website and listen to his other music at http://jazzfluteweinstein.com/

For donations of $250 or more, you will receive the CD¹s and be named on the air as an episode¹s sponsor. You¹ll be a role-model for all of our listeners.


Our partners make your donations go further by paying our overhead: UND contributes $0.38 for every $1 IPPL raises. This pays for rent, administrative costs, digital facilities, electricity, and a great deal of publicity. UND allocates 20% of Professor Weinstein’s time to directing IPPL and creating Why? Radio. More time will be allocated as the budget is increased.

Prairie Public contributes $8500 in resources for each season of Why? Radio. This includes access to the recording studio, airtime, publicity, and engineering costs.

We estimate that 90% of your donation will go directly to programming.

What programming costs:

  • A season of Why? Radio production costs IPPL $6,000.
  • A full season of advertising for WHY? costs between $8,400 and $15,000.
  • A year of the Art & Democracy Film Series costs $13,500.
  • A visiting fellow costs $3600
  • A digital-only Why? Magazine costs $4000 (per issue).
  • 5,000 issues of Why? Magazine costs approximately $20,500 to create, print and distribute.
  • Operational costs (office supplies, travel costs, advertising, etc.) are $5,000

Every guest on Why? has donated his or her time and is not compensated for the appearance.

Fundraising goals:

our current goals:

  • $10,000 will sustain Why? Radio and allow a digital-only IPPL.
  • $15,000 would fund all the above with some statewide advertising expansion.
  • $25,000 would fund all the above plus a resumption of the Art & Democracy Film Series.
  • $35,000 would fund all the above plus a modest visiting-fellows program
  • $50,000 would fund all of the above plus part-time administrative support.
  • $70,000 would fund all of the above and physical publication of Why? Magazine

Where we would like to be:

  • In five years: IPPL hopes to have established long-term stability, and a reliable programming and fund base. This includes resumption of all of its activities and a half-time administrative assistant. If IPPL can raise $50,000 or more, then it would likely move into larger facilities.
  • In ten years: IPPL hopes to employ a part time administrative staff member, graphic artist, and grant writer. With $100,000 per year of funding, IPPL could support a full-time fellows program, annual publications, and significantly larger facilities.

List of IPPL Donors

We are grateful for donations of any amount; IPPL cannot exist without your support. If you have questions about our fundraising goals or how your contribution will be spent, email us at ippl@und.edu.

Thank you also to the anonymous donors who donate cash at our live events

(Last updated 10/25/2017. Please let us know if your name is missing)

Adam Smith ($1000+)

  • University of North Dakota, Office of Research and Economic Development
  • Lois Wilde
  • Jessica and Ryan Zerr
  • The Community Foundation of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks
  • James Nickson
  • Eliot Glassheim
  • Peter Heaps and Claudia Routon

Thomas Jefferson($500-999)

  • Kim and Beth Holmes/Sanders 1907
  • David G Bjerklie
  • David Goerger
  • Sam & Mary Johnson
  • Paul Gaffney

Søren Kierkegaard ($250 – $499)

  • Robert Goodrich
  • Debbie Storrs
  • Stanley Kelly
  • William and Jody Haug
  • Michelle Rydz and Paul Sum
  • Michael A Nickson
  • Peter & Marsha Johnson
  • Joyce Weinstein
  • William Sheridan

Simone de Beauvoir ($100 – $249)

  • Jonathan Haug and Maniphone Haug JT Ten
  • Judy and Barry Milavetz
  • Karen T. and Charles Miller
  • Christopher J Schmidt
  • Joyce Ellen Weinstein
  • Michael Beltz
  • Robert Colleran
  • Donna Hastings & Jonathan Geiger
  • Rebecca Rozelle-Stone and Lucian Stone
  • Michael Apple
  • Virginia Held
  • Thornton Lockwood
  • Barbara Shapiro and Jerome Shapiro
  • Michael & Joyce Gallo
  • Eric A Burin
  • Melissa Gjellstad
  • Karen & Raymond Goldsteen
  • Brian Huschle
  • Kwame Anthony Appiah
  • Jerry & Diane Metzger
  • Peter Shapiro
  • Eric V. Souvannasacd
  • Katherine Sukalski & Tom Johnson
  • Nancy Vogeltanz-Holm & Jeffrey Holm
  • Henry and Kristen Borysewicz
  • Elizabeth and Greg Sund
  • Bruno Chaouat and Monica Kelly
  • Jennifer and Joe Weisnmann

Karl Marx ($1 – $99)

  • Yvette Lapierre and Steven Finney
  • Brian Schill
  • Ronald Franz
  • Charles and Nancy Devine
  • Rebecca and Tyronne Grandstrand
  • Peter and Marsha Johnson
  • Carenlee Barkdull
  • Kenneth and Barbara Carlson
  • Julia Sauter
  • Susan Kay Raatz
  • Martin A Rottler
  • Stephen Langdon
  • Douglas Munski
  • Deborah Brandt
  • Elizabeth M Sund
  • Matthew R Wallace
  • William and Susan Caraher
  • Robert H Boyd
  • Eliot Glassheim
  • Sierra M Kraft
  • Victor Lieberman
  • Matthew J Picklo
  • Mario H Solis
  • Janet L. Spaeth
  • Harvey Siegel
  • Joshua Boschee
  • Douglas Merrill
  • Craig & Kristen Garaas-Johnson
  • Virginia Clinton
  • Monica S Moore
  • Robert Murillo
  • Lana Rakow & Anthony Stukel
  • David H. Vorland
  • Sara Waller
  • Martin A. Rottler
  • Deborah Brandt
  • Jennifer Crumlish
  • Michele A. Iiams
  • Sharon Bailin
  • Mark Chekola
  • Lavern Suchor
  • Caitlin White Owl
  • Kelly J Tofte
  • Shaugn Burnison
  • Anthony Cunningham
  • Lorinda Donovan
  • Maughn Gregory
  • Katie Harden
  • Elizabeth Harris-Behling
  • Michael A Iiams
  • Kayleigh Karinen
  • Christine A Kujawa
  • Douglas Merrill

Ayn Rand ($0)

Everyone else.

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