The Forum is funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire through an allocation of student segregated fees by the Finance Commission of the Student Senate. According to Wisconsin State Statute 36.09(5), students shall have the primary responsibility of recommending the allocation of student segregated fees. A portion of every student’s tuition is contributed to over 20 organized activities, including The Forum, via allocation through the Finance Commission.
In keeping with its mission, Wisconsin Public Radio provides a valuable in-kind contribution to all programs of The Forum and sometimes hosts or cosponsors specific events. WPR is a civic and cultural resource that enlightens and enriches the quality of life for the people within its listening area. WPR’s mission is to realize the Wisconsin Idea by producing, acquiring and delivering high-quality audio programming that serves the public’s need to discuss ideas and opinions, and that provides cultural enrichment, intellectual stimulation, and intelligent, enlightening entertainment.
WHYS Radio (96.3 FM) provides valuable local advertising support to The Forum.
WHYS is an independent, progressive, community radio station broadcasting music, culture, news and information programming for the Eau Claire area. WHYS provides space for the representation of progressive voices, issues, and perspectives largely ignored, misrepresented, marginalized and denigrated by mainstream media, while seeking to foster values of human emancipation, substantive democracy, social and economic justice, global peace, ecological sustainability, and respect as well as appreciation for human and natural diversity. WHYS promotes local and regional music, cultural events, and issues affecting residents to help reclaim a sense of community.
Volume One Magazine provides generous promotional support for The Forum and Artists Series.
Volume One Magazine is the fast-growing culture and entertainment publication of the Chippewa Valley. They print 13,000 copies every two weeks and distribute them FREE at more than 450 locations in Eau Claire, Menomonie, Chippewa Falls, and beyond. They also serve up more than three million page views online every year at VolumeOne.org. Publishing since 2002, Volume One has an enthusiastic and engaged readership, and has always been focused on bringing interesting local culture forward in the Chippewa Valley.
Their signature events are outside-the-box concepts that consistently bring out thousands of people hungry for something new, and their downtown retail space The Local Store offers thousand of local products and hosts more than 100 events each year.
Their sister publication, Chippewa Valley Family, prints 10,000 copies every other month, serving families throughout the area in print and online.