CHAMPION KCRW

Champions represent KCRW’s most ardent and generous donor group. They believe that KCRW is a vital cultural treasure that demands significant philanthropic investment and make generous contributions to support its general operation and programmatic activities.

To Become A Champion: please contact Ani Ohanessian at 424.538.8879 or email at ani.ohanessian@kcrw.org.

WHAT CHAMPIONS ARE SAYING

Apogee Session with Lord Huron

Champion Salon: Brunch with Ira Glass

Champion Salon: Venice House Party Take-over with DJ Anthony Valadez

Champion Travel: Russia

Champion Salon: Elvis Mitchell & Dan Harmon in Conversation

Champion Salon: An Evening with David Lynch

Champion Bookworm Club with Michael Silverblatt

Good Food Pie Social

Good Food Pie Social

KCRW Grand Opening

Champion Salon: A Conversation with Bob & Bill Odenkirk, hosed by Madeleine Brand

Private Tour of Made in L.A. 2018 with curators Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale

KCRW Apogee Session with Franz Ferdinand

KCRW Apogee Session with Franz Ferdinand

Made in LA Tour

NYC Champion Trip

Chianti Foundation Marfa Champion Trip

Chianti Foundation Marfa Champion Trip

Chianti Foundation Marfa Champion Trip

KCRW Holiday Party

KCRW Holiday Party

KCRW Bay Area Sessions with Peter Bjorn and John

Champion Trip to Marfa, TX: Chinati Foundation

Champion Trip to Marfa, TX: Chinati Foundation

Champion Trip to Marfa, TX: Chinati Foundation

Ruth Reichl in conversation with Evan Kleiman at KCRW HQ

2019 Champion Trip to Japan

Champion Trip to Japan, Yayoi Kusama’s Yellow Pumpkin in Naoshima

Champion Trip to Japan, Fushimi Inari Shrine gate

Champion Trip to Mexico City, discussion at the home of Artist Pedro Reyes & Fashion Designer Carla Fernandez

BECOME A CHAMPION AT ANY LEVEL

BRONZE$5,000-$9,999
SILVER$10,000-$14,999
TITANIUM$15,000 – $24,999
GOLD$25,000 – $49,999

  • Benefits include:
  • Invitations to Morning Becomes Eclectic Sessions monthly
  • Invitations to KCRW’s Evening Music Sessions (at Apogee Studios or KCRW HQ) with guaranteed attendance to four (4) per year; intimate performances in a private recording studio—previous performers include Leon Bridges, Rhye, Patti Smith, Moby, and Courtney Barnett
  • Invitations to KCRW’s exclusive Champion Salon Series—featuring KCRW talent in conversation with their favorite leading luminaries
  • Behind the scenes tour of KCRW HQ
  • Invitations to Signature KCRW Events at the Annenberg Performance Studio
  • Invitations to KCRW partner events (Partner Screenings, Taschen Book Sale, and others)
  • Exclusive Domestic travel opportunities with KCRW talent—previous destinations have included New York, Marfa, Texas, and Washington D.C.
  • Invitations to KCRW Champion Happy Hours
  • Invitation to KCRW Holiday party
  • Dedicated KCRW Staff Member

  • Benefits include:
  • All of the benefits of the previous levels plus:
  • Invitations to all of KCRW’s exclusive Champion Salon Series—featuring KCRW talent in conversation with their favorite leading luminaries
  • Invitations to private museum tours artist studio visits
  • Invitations to Evening Music Sessions (at Apogee Studios or KCRW HQ) with guaranteed attendance to six (6) per year
  • Exclusive International Travel Opportunities with KCRW talent—previous destinations have included Rome, St. Petersburg,
    Mexico City, Berlin, Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Private behind the scenes tour of KCRW HQ
  • Invitations to private music events at KCRW HQ
  • VIP access and special ticket offers to KCRW Events

  • Benefits include:
  • All of the benefits of the previous level plus:
  • Priority RSVP access to all KCRW Evening Music Sessions (at Apogee Studios or KCRW HQ)
  • Invitation to annual President’s Dinner with KCRW President Jennifer Ferro
  • Priority Access to music events at KCRW’s Annenberg Performance Studio
  • Invitation to special Chef’s Table with KCRW’s Evan Kleiman
  • Opportunity to sit in on recording session at KCRW HQ

  • Benefits include:
  • All of the benefits of the previous levels plus:
  • Guaranteed front row at KCRW’s Evening Music Sessions (at Apogee Studios or KCRW HQ)
  • Two (2) Tickets to two shows per season at KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl
  • Lunch for two (2) with KCRW President Jennifer Ferro
  • Advanced reserved seating at KCRW and partner programs
  • Invitation to record a personal testimonial in support of KCRW for possible on-air use

  • Platinum Champion benefits include:
  • All of the benefits of the previous levels plus:
  • Two (2) seats in Terrace Box with Dinner and KCRW Talent at KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl
  • Complimentary KCRW Domestic travel for two per year (Includes KCRW tour fees and does not include hotel or airfare)
  • Complimentary KCRW DJ performance for one private event per year
  • Opportunity for a private lunch with KCRW talent
  • Opportunity for monthly on-air recognition
  • Two (2) Tickets to five KCRW partner concerts per year

Team

Jeremy Weinstein

Head of Development

Jeremy is Director of Development for KCRW, a National Public Radio station member. He is responsible for leading all of the fundraising efforts and crafting the organizations annual and capital campaign strategies. Before coming to KCRW, he was the Principal Consultant for a boutique Nonprofit Consulting firm. He graduated from Lafayette College and received a master's in Nonprofit Management from New School University. Prior to developing his own consulting practice he worked for the Fund for Public Schools at the New York City Department of Education under the Bloomberg Administration. Jeremy is an accomplished development professional with more than 18 years of experience in large grant and major gift solicitation, donor and institutional stewardship, and board advancement for nonprofit organizations. To date he has successfully secured and managed more than $150 million in private and government funding. Jeremy's executive level development experience is grounded in finely focused strategic planning for and implementation of requests for philanthropic support and donor cultivation. Through his professional and personal community involvement activities in Los Angeles, New York City and nationwide, he has built strong relationships in public and private sectors.


Jessica Bellamy

Senior Individual Giving Associate

Jessica joined the team as the Individual Gifts Associate in early 2018. She works with both Guardians and Champions, coordinating gifts, outreach, database management, and details surrounding a roster of unique VIP events with the goal of fostering a deeper connection to the KCRW and Los Angeles. Prior to working in development, Jessica managed all aspects of trade agreements, strategic partnerships, and events sponsorship as the Events and Arts Partnership Coordinator at KCRW. She has a passion for public engagement and the arts and studied political science and fine arts studio painting at USC. Jessica enjoys oil painting in her studio in her spare time and has partnered creatively with companies like Google, Rachel Zoe, Pure Barre, and Hobo Bags. She has a hairless cat named Cher that she is grooming for fame in the hopes that she will one day pay the bills.

Austin Frank

Institutional Giving Associate

Austin earned his BA from Washington & Lee University in 2017 and will graduate from USC’s Price School of Public Policy in 2019 with his Master of Public Administration. Austin joined the KCRW team in February 2018 as a Development Intern and was brought on full-time in June 2018. As Institutional Giving Associate, Austin drafts grant proposals, reports to current funders, and stewards many of KCRW’s grant-funded initiatives. When he’s not at KCRW, Austin is generally immersed in schoolwork, but also loves all things Star Wars, improving his skills as a drummer, and bettering his abilities as a coffee snob.

Melissa Wolfish

Institutional Giving Manager

Melissa joined KCRW in September 2018 as Institutional Giving Manager, and she is thrilled to be part of such a vibrant organization that combines her passions for the arts, education, community engagement, and media. Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College and and her Master of Education from Harvard's Graduate School of Education. As Institutional Giving Manager, Melissa is expanding KCRW's institutional giving portfolio comprised of foundation, corporate, and government funders. Prior to joining the KCRW team, she served as Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager at Wayfinder Family Services and Development Officer at The Posse Foundation. In her free time, Melissa enjoys attending theater and musical performances, exploring quirky landmarks and tourist attractions throughout California (ask her about Ostrichland USA!), and taking silly photos of her family's pup, Baby Llama (yes, that is his actual name).

Ani Ohanessian

Manager of Donor Relations

Ani joined the KCRW team in October 2019 as the Manager of Donor Relations. In this role, Ani supports the Champion and Guardian patron groups, working to cultivate relationships with new and existing major supporters. Prior to joining the KCRW team, Ani served as the Manager of Annual Giving at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she worked with the highest and largest patron groups generating over $2 million in unrestricted revenue annually. Ani earned her BA in Art History and Education Studies from UCLA and her MA from USC's Roski School of Art and Design with a degree in Contemporary Curating and Art in the Public Sphere. In her free time, Ani likes to visit local art galleries and museums, and enjoys baking.

For more information, please contact us at 424.538.8879 or via e-mail at ani.ohanessian@kcrw.org

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