An article elsewhere in this week’s Tribune tells about the great success of the tenth annual Community Spirit Campaign, which benefits local non-profits. Since its inception a decade ago, the amount of funds raised and distributed to local charities has grown each and every year. This year, more than $261,000 will be shared by 71 local non-profit organizations.
Nearly 700 donors from here and throughout Colorado and the nation contributed to the 2013 Spirit Campaign, and designated one or more local non-profits to receive that donation along with the added matching funds. Based on the formula used, some 30 cents in matching funds were added to every dollar donated, up to a maximum of $1,000 per family.
Observers in the philanthropic world, from both in and out of Custer County, are fairly well amazed that our tiny rural community can muster up such generosity. It’s a tribute both to generous donors, as well as to those in our local non-profit community whose work obviously resonates with the public.
The annual Spirit Campaign is the largest project undertaken each year by the Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation, which was established in 1999. In those 15 years, the Foundation has distributed more than $2 million to local 501(c)3 non-profits, and governmental equivalents, which work in areas of human services, education, public health and safety, recreation, arts and culture, historical preservation, youth and senior services animal welfare and other programs and services which improve the quality of life for residents and visitors.
Providing funds to these causes requires just that: funds. If you or your family would like to make a lasting and positive impact on Custer County, consider a legacy gift through your will or other estate planning. Discuss this option with your lawyer or financial advisor. Legacy donations in any amount will help make this wonderful community an even better place for future generations.