|The 14th annual Community Spirit Campaign to benefit local nonprofit organizations officially gets underway today.
The event is sponsored by the Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation, which matches donations made by individuals and families to one or more of the 70 nonprofit organizations headquartered in Custer County or providing direct services to residents and visitors here.
Since the campaign’s inception in 2004, the Spirit Campaign has distributed some $3.8 million to the local nonprofit community. Many of the local nonprofits say it’s their primary fundraiser of the year.
The process is simple. Donors fill out a form located elsewhere in this week’s Tribune, in the annual Nonprofit Guide, or distributed by some of the nonprofits. Donations in any amount can be made to one or more of the nonprofits. At the conclusion of the Spirit Campaign – on Dec. 31 – all of those donated funds are then matched by funds set aside by the Community Foundation.
The matching funds are applied to maximum individual donations of $1,000; any amount donated over that amount is prorated accordingly.
This year, donors are encouraged to make a contribution directly to the matching fund. Those monies are then distributed among the qualifying nonprofits.
In recent years, some 700 donors from here and throughout the country contribute to the campaign.
Last year, more than $355,000 was distributed to 68 local nonprofits. Matching funds equaled approximately 25 cents for every dollar donated. Individual donations ranged from $10 to $20,000; the average donation was $466, and the median contribution was $160.
Forms for this year’s campaign can be found in an advertisement elsewhere in this week’s Tribune, and also in the Community Foundation’s Annual Report and Nonprofit Guide which is included in this week’s Tribune.