Live PC Give PC grants residents opportunities to become philanthropists
November 4, 2014
For the past four years, the Park City Community Foundation has hosted a 24-hour fundraiser called Live PC Give PC.
The event gives the public, who live, work and play in Park City and the surrounding areas, an opportunity to donate money to the local nonprofits in Park City and Summit County.
Over the past three years, Live PC Give PC has raised $1.7 million, said Katie Wright, executive director for the Park City Community Foundation.
"We’re thrilled that we’re going on four years and I’m honored that the community continues to get behind the purpose," Wright told The Park Record.
This year, Live PC Give PC will be on Friday, Nov. 7, from midnight to midnight.
"It’s simple to participate," Wright said. "You can log on to livepcgivepc.org and you make a donation to your favorite nonprofit organizations. You can even schedule your donations ahead of time by making an account or you can log on the day of."
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There are 73 nonprofit organizations participating in the fundraiser this year.
"They represent any kind of interest a person may have, whether they like sports and recreation, health and human services, arts and culture, conservation and environment," Wright said. "I truly feel there is a nonprofit that reflects every person’s passions, no matter who they are or what age they are."
This year’s goal is $1 million.
"We’re hoping everyone will help us reach that," Wright said.
There are a couple of big reasons to donate on Friday as opposed to other days of the year, she said.
"First of all, many of the nonprofits have matching grants on this day, so chances are, when people give as a part of Live PC Give PC, their donation dollars will double," Wright explained. "Also, the Park City Community Foundation offers special grants to the nonprofits that show the most unique donors. That means, if you make a donation to a nonprofit, it’s as if you’re voting for it and helping it win additional grants."
Also, local philanthropist Mike Levinthal will offer a challenge grant again this year.
"We call it the ‘new donor challenge’ and he essentially offers a $25 addition to any donation made by the first 500 donors who are new to the campaign," Wright said.
A second challenge grant has been offered by the Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation.
"It’s a $10,000 challenge and when the campaign reaches $890,000, the Marriott Foundation will donate $10 for every $100 raised until we meet $1 million," Wright said. "So they will help usher in those final, hard-earned dollars."
Lastly, the Park City Community Foundation’s board of directors has challenged Wright and her staff with a $12,000 matching grant as well.
"If people give to the Park City Community Foundation, their dollars will also be doubled," Wright said. "We appreciate and put to good use in nonprofit programming all the money that is donated to us on that day as well.
"We are in our seventh year and our mission is to nurture philanthropy and giving in Park City," she said. "We do that by providing services to nonprofits such as we are doing with Live PC Give PC."
The foundation also offers educational programs and a variety of grant programs.
"We provide services to donors," Wright said. "If families and businesses need back-office help for their philanthropic needs, we serve as a resource."
During Live PC Give PC, the Park City Community Foundation will call the High West Distillery, 703 Park Ave., its headquarters.
"If anyone needs help navigating the website to donate, they can come in anytime during that day and we’ll have volunteers to help," Wright said. "People can also visit us if they want more information about nonprofit organizations or if they want to volunteer."
From 7 p.m. until midnight, the Distillery will host a community giving party for ages 21 and older.
"We think it’s the biggest day of the year for the Park City Community Foundation," Wright said. "What we have done is engaged thousands of people in supporting nonprofits and we have learned that this increases who participates in philanthropy.
"I want people to feel like our community is supporting a team in the World Series or the Super Bowl and we’re going to win," she said. "Our team is made up of all these nonprofits and everyone is wearing Live PC Give PC T-shirts and has the stickers on their car."
Wright said the Park City Community Foundation wouldn’t be able to present Live PC Give PC without the support of Vail Resorts.
"They have been a lead sponsor for the past two years," she said. "They and all the rest of our sponsors make it possible for us to provide marketing materials to all the nonprofits and media."
On Friday, Nov. 7, the Park City Community Foundation will host Live PC Give PC, a day of fundraising that will benefit all of Park City’s and Summit County’s nonprofit organizations. For more information or to donate, visit http://www.livepcgivepc.org.