So Why monthly sustaining donations?

  • Because they are more convenient and way easier to commit to than a lump sum one-time donation.

  • You make a regular sustaining impact at CHLY that allows us to grow, improve and better serve our listeners, student body and community.

  • Because you get automatic and exclusive entry to special ticket giveaways for shows in Nanaimo and festivals on the coast.

  • Because we have awesome giving incentives + prizes to give away specifically for this Fall Fund Drive.

What we want to do with that money:

  • Set the groundwork for hiring a Podcast Coordinator in 2019 if not sooner. This is above and beyond one of the most important hires we need to make in order to deliver our shows to our listeners. You sadly can’t always be listening to CHLY 24/7.

  • Some time in 2019, we’d like to hire a part time Music Coordinator and News Coordinator.

  • Put us in a position to build up a strategic fund for future opportunities, like a new home for the station in the next 2-5 years.

  • Raise current core staff up to full time hours. We can only afford part time hours for most of our staff right now.

  • Hire more students. We are a campus community radio station after all.

  • Purchase remote broadcast equipment for live events and festivals.

  • Potentially explore other content delivery options like video live streaming for shows.

  • Organize more events on the campus at VIU, in Nanaimo and broadcast community.

  • Send our staff and volunteers to future NCRA conference for training workshops.

  • Ongoing financial security for CHLY! Because local media matters in a world of #fakenews

What we HAVE DONE with that money in 2017 + 2018:

  • Hired an Executive Coordinator at a living wage to administer CHLY, and gave our Program Coordinator a well deserved raise to a living wage. We also hired a student as a Station Assistant over the summer.

  • Purchased six sets of SONY MDR-7506 Professional Dynamic Studio Headphones for our recording booth and recording interviews in the field.

  • Purchased six ZOOM H1n Handy Records for our staff, volunteers, and future Summer Radio Camp for Youths (coming summer 2019)!

  • Replaced our professional grade CD decks for the studio. These things are getting harder to find!

  • Replaced our studio computer after it died over the summer of 2018. Long live the new studio computer.

  • Purchased an external sound card for the new studio computer.

  • Upgraded our logging system to Spinitron for more accurate logging and tracking. Spinitron also makes it way possible for you to know what you’re listening to while streaming us online! Radio Rethink’s Airpocket Player makes this possible.

Make a Sustaining Donation

Make a One-time Donation


  1. Call us at (250) 716-3410 to make a donation over the phone with a credit card or debit card.

  2. Pay in cash, credit or cheque at the station during office hours.
    (MON–FRI, 9AM–8PM during Fund Drive)

  3. Mail a cheque (made out to The Radio Malaspina Society) to:
    CHLY 101.7FM / Radio Malaspina Society
    #2, 34 Victoria Cres
    Nanaimo BC V9R 5B8
    Important: Please include your first name, last name, home address, email address and phone number with your cheque for our records.

  4. Set up an automatic bank withdrawl with CHLY with your bank or credit union. Email for more information.

Giving Incentives

Totes, shirts, hoodies and more.

CHLY offers great giving incentives items to its donors as a thank you for their gift. Items are ordered within a month of our Fund Drive if we don't already have the item in stock. All Sustaining Donations and One Time Donations over $60 get you a special 'People of CHLY' pin as well as a 'Friends of CHLY' card (still in the works), which will get you access to discounts and/or special offers from Supporting Partners of CHLY. 

$5/month ($60 ONE-TIME)OUR Handy COTTON tote

Your donation gets you our handy cotton tote. Show off how much you support independent media while you shop for groceries at your local farmers market or grocery store of choice.

$5/month ($60 ONE-TIME)An enamel Pin

A gold-back hard enamel CHLY logo pin equally at home on your jacket lapel, or on a jean jacket with sewn on patches, and buttons being for or against something. Go sports team! Go community! Protect our coast, etc!

$5/month ($60 ONE-TIME)A Logo patch

Made for us by local embroidery shop Threadscape, this awesome logo patch can be ironed on at your convenience, or sewed on with determination. Put it on your aformentioned jean jacket, hockey jersey, or maybe your backpack while out on an adventure.

$10/month ($120 ONE-TIME)—OUR CHLY T-SHIRT (or baseball TEE)

Your donation gets you a CHLY t-shirt with our logo on the front. Keep up your sustaining donation and in 2018 we will be introducing limited edition art t-shirts by local artists.

$15/month ($180 ONE-TIME)—Our CHLY Hoody.

Your donation gets you a fleecy American Apparel zip hoodie with a little CHLY logo on the front chest, and a big CHLY logo on the back. Standard issue colour  in dark slate grey, but we can do custom colours.

$15/month ($180 ONE-TIME)OUR CHLY T-SHIRT + Tote Bag

Your donation gets you both a aforementioned shirt or baseball tee, as well as a tote to carry it in.

$20/month ($240 ONE-TIME)—The Double Combo

Your donation gets you the hoody and a tote to carry it in. 

$30/month ($350 ONE-TIME)—The Triple Combo

Get the hoody, the shirt, the tote, pins, stickers, and maybe more.

$50/month ($600 one-Time)—Royale with Cheese

Get the hoody, the shirt, tote, pins, stickers, and EVERYBODY who made a donation gets something special.