Park City Foundation’s Women’s Giving Fund could get $25,000 grant
December 17, 2013
Last April, the Park City Community Foundation began a campaign for a new endowment called The Women’s Giving Fund.
The idea is to raise a $1 million endowment that will make annual high-impact grants to Summit County nonprofits that serve women and children, said Trisha Worthington, executive director of the Park City Community Foundation.
"To do that, we want to find 1,000 women or girls in Park City and Summit County, to donate a one-time $1,000 gift," she said. "That gift can be paid all in one lump sum, or quarterly ($250) or monthly ($84) and is tax-deductible."
Family members can also donate the money in the women’s and girls’ names.
"Either way, the women and girls will become lifetime members of the Women’s Giving Fund," Worthington said.
That means they will be eligible to vote on which nonprofit organizations the grants would be giving to each year, she explained.
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"The $1 million endowment that would be overseen by the Park City Community Foundation, would allow the foundation to use the percentages of the interest earnings every year to benefit women and children’s programming in the area," Worthington said. "We will only be giving one or two grants a year, but they will be high-impact grants to nonprofits that will help them get a new project out of the door, or it will help hire that one person they need to make a bigger impact in the community.
"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," she said.
Some grants could help fund an educator at the Peace House, and teach children about stranger danger or online safety. Or they could support prenatal care for local women, or enrichment programs for local youth.
In addition, members will gather throughout the year for education, networking and service projects.
The Women’s Giving Fund concept was borrowed from a program established by the Tahoe-Truckee Community Foundation, called the Queen of Hearts that raised $1 million in 11 months three years ago.
A couple of months after the Park City Community Foundation began its campaign, it was approached by Vail Resorts.
"We had about 475 members at the time, and Vail said if we could get an additional 200 members by Jan. 31, which would bring the total of members up to 675, they would give us a $25,000 grant," Worthington said. "We have been working hard since then and already have 625 members. We are just 40 members short of our goal."
Becoming a member doesn’t meant the women or girls have to donate the full $1,000 by the end of the year.
All they have to do is sign up to pay quarterly or monthly, Worthington said.
"Membership are for a lifetime," she said. "They will create a legacy of caring for their neighbors in the community."
For more information or to donate to the Women’s Giving Fund, visit http://www.parkcitycommunityfoundation.org , or call 435-214-7475.
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