The goal is to find 1,000 to give a one-time $1,000 gift that would build a $1 million endowment that would use a percentage of the earnings every year to support women and girls programming in Summit County, said Park City Community Foundation executive director Trisha Worthington.
"We will never dig into the core of the endowment fund to ensure that it will last forever, and the high-impact grant of up to $50,000 will be given out every year in perpetuity," Worthington said during an interview with The Park Record. "We'll create a new grants committee comprised of the WGF members every year and the committee will review the applications and narrow them down to one or two and then present them in front of the full 1,000 members, who will vote on where the grant will go."
The grants will be given to organizations in the areas of health, human resources, education, art and culture, and nearly anything that will have a positive impact in the lives of local women and girls, Worthington said.
The Women's Giving Fund membership has nearly reached 500, so to encourage its current members to find one more donor each, the Park City Community Foundation is hosting a 500+1 Party at Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main St., on Friday, Oct. 11, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.
"If each of the members find one person to donate, that will bring us closer to our goal of $1 million," Worthington said.
The night will feature light hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and speakers Martha Simon and Olympian Summer Sanders.
"Martha is formerly with the Tahoe-Truckee Community Foundation that did a campaign that is similar to the Women's Giving Fund initiative," Worthington said. "Theirs was called Queen of Hearts and was able to raise $1 million in 11 months.
"We actually borrowed the idea from them for the Women's Giving Fund," she said. "Many community foundations look at each other's programs to see if they are applicable in their own town to raise funds."
Sanders is an Olympic gold medalist swimming champion.
"Most everyone in town knows who Summer is," Worthington said. "She is an inspiration to women and girls all around the world."
There are different ways people can donate to the Women's Giving Fund.
"The $1,000 donation can be made in full one time or in quarterly installments
of $250,000," Worthington explained. "It can also be made in monthly payments of $84,
but I'll work with anyone to come up with a plan that works for them."
The donations don't need to be made by women. They can be made by men, in honor of their mothers, wives, daughters or any special
women in their lives, Worthington said.
"We have a page dedicated to the Women's Giving Fund at the website (www.theparkcityfoundation.org ), where people can make donations," Worthington said. "We want this to be as accessible to as many women and girls in Summit County as possible."
The Park City Community Foundation's Women's Giving Fund 500+1 Party will be held at Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main St., on Friday, Oct. 11, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The cost is free. To RSVP by Friday morning, call (435) 214-7477 or email email@example.com. For more information, visit www.theparkcityfoundation.org .