|Close to $400,000 was handed out to local nonprofit organizations during last Friday’s distribution sponsored by the Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation.
Some 60 representatives from more than 45 nonprofit organizations attended the annual get-together.
The proceeds came from the 14th annual Community Spirit Campaign sponsored by the Community Foundation. The campaign typically runs from mid-November through Dec. 31 each year.
A total of $394,144.05 was raised during the campaign, including more than $343,000 in donations from individuals and more than $51,000 in matching funds which come from the Community Foundation, the Anschutz Foundation, and from individual donors.
The money was earmarked for 71 nonprofit organizations that are headquartered in Custer County or provide direct services to county residents and visitors.
A total of 704 donors contributed funds, with individual donations ranging from $10 to $70,000. The average donation was $509.91, and the median donation was $150. Fifty-six donations were of $1,000 or more. This most recent campaign raised about 11 percent more than the prior campaign, and is the most ever raised and distributed.
The top beneficiary this year was the new Education Legacy Fund which provides financial aid to the C-1 School District. It received $61,463.
Other top recipients were the Wet Mountain Fire Protection District ($29,634), Custer Search and Rescue ($23,183), and KLZR Radio ($16,628).
A complete list of the recipients and the amounts received was published in the Jan. 25 issue of the Tribune.
Also during Friday’s meeting, held in the Community Room at Cliff Lanes, Foundation chairman Vic Barnes introduced Nicole Parsons of Westcliffe, who will be contacting the local nonprofits in the coming weeks to learn more about their accomplishments and goals.