Sandi Billings

Major Gifts Officer

Sandi joined the Northwest Public Radio listening audience in 1995 when she moved from Florida to the Palouse for a development director role at the University of Idaho. She took her first step into the world of radio when she began producing a weekly talk program on KRFP Moscow in 2006. Sandi combined her passion for public radio and her 20 years experience in fund development when she joined Northwest Public Radio in 2011.

Sandi enjoys learning from hands-on experience, and thus has become a competent “Jane-of-all-trades” and master of few. She loves astronomy, as evidenced by her education: a B.S. in Space Science from Florida Institute of Technology and an M.S. in geophysics (planetary studies) from the University of Idaho. Sandi has delved into craft projects and painting, and she might be called a “Bard-o-phile” for her love of Shakespeare. She has been a competitive fencer (Florida Women's Epee Champion 1985), has traveled to great places (“not nearly enough,” she says), and has flown in zero-g on NASA's "vomit comet," the KC-135.

The great thing about her work, she says, is that “I help people realize their dreams. When people imagine what difference they can make in the world through public radio, I get to be a part of the dream and help them make it happen. I get to help them know they are making a real difference—that their lives and decisions matter. There’s nothing more important than living a life that matters.”  


Ways to Connect

A group of public media members helped formulate a plan to step up support for Northwest Public Radio and Northwest Public Television during the year-end “time of giving.” Current members aim to sign up 200 new members before December 31.

This is a Walla Walla Valley effort only. Its success could lead other Northwest Public Radio & TV communities to follow Walla Walla’s lead.

Walla Walla Valley loves its public media. 

Give it a future by bringing friends, family and colleagues into the membership.

It’s easy.

It’s important.

It’s time:

Before the next threat to federal funding comes.

Get your "Many Hands" kits here.

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Northwest Public Radio and the Numerica Performing Arts Center will host NPR’s Renee Montagne in Wenatchee for an interview-style presentation on November 2, 2017, at 5:30pm. Before the presentation, attendees can meet Northwest Public Radio (NWPR) staff members at a listener reception starting at 4:30pm. Both the reception and the presentation will take place at the Numerica Performing Arts Center. 

Purchase tickets here

Courtesy of Bob Finlan

I'm a listener to 100.9 FM in Enterprise, OR, and I just want to say how much I enjoy listening to the Retro Cocktail Hour out of Kansas City!

My living room has to sub for the Underground Martini Bunker, but I enjoy my martini shaken....not stirred....with jazz, space age pop, and the strangest music EVER. Darrell is a fabulous host and very responsive as they try to get out that playlist to listeners who have signed up.

Gregory Johnston


In December 2015, Congress made some popular charitable giving tax incentives permanent--including the charitable IRA rollover incentive. Now donors can now plan their giving through IRA rollovers any time of the year. 

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Congress has renewed the Charitable IRA Rollover for 2015.

The charitable IRA rollover, or qualified charitable distribution (QCD), is a special provision allowing certain donors to exclude from taxable income -- and count toward their required minimum distribution -- certain transfers of Individual Retirement Account (IRA) assets that are made directly to public charities, including Northwest Public Radio through the WSU Foundation.

Donors age 70-1/2 or older can use this popular option to support charities with tax-wise gifts of up to $100,000. Rollovers can count toward your minimum required distribution.

Congress has yet to take action on a bill that would reinstate the IRA Charitable Rollover, which offers tax savings for some donors 70 1/2 and older.

The bill that includes the IRA Charitable Rollover has been with the U.S. Senate since early August. It is part of a bill that includes other expired tax provisions.

We will continue to monitor the bill's progress and provide you with updates on this page and on air.

Sandi Billings / NWPR

If your zucchini garden (or a stealthy zucchini donor) is overwhelming you with its bounty, you may getting bored with the standard ways to use it: cake, bread, muffins, or pasta. If you're open to a little kitchen experimentation, there are easy ways to employ this vegetable's mild flavor in savory dishes: when cooked with a stronger flavor, it usually absorbs that flavor.

Sandi Billings, NWPR’s Major Giving Officer, spends considerable time with generous people and regularly notices our emotional responses to philanthropy - both as giver and as receiver. Here she shares some thoughts about the giving season - and the Thanksgiving season.