Live PC Give PC meets goal
November 8, 2016
More than 100 Park City nonprofits took to the streets on Friday, holding signs to encourage the town to come together not in the name of politics, but in the name of donating to local organizations for the annual Live PC Give PC event.
The 24-hour long event planned by the Park City Community Foundation ended with a party at High West Distillery. Many people were there to celebrate a public that is not divided, but one that rallies in order to support the selfless services Park City entities provide.
Ollie Wilder, the community foundation's programs director, said the local backing was evident when the foundation surpassed its $1.5 million goal, raking in $1.74 million by midnight Nov. 4.
"Live PC Give PC has been very successful in raising awareness of nonprofits, in helping them raise the money that allows them to do the important work they do," he said. "It creates an immediate sense of community. It reminds us of the good things that happen in Summit County and the greater Park City area."
Founded in 2011, Live PC Give PC has grown immensely in the short six years it has been in existence.
The day of giving initially began as an experiment. Wilder said the first Live PC Give PC raised about $340,000 and jumped to roughly $600,000 the next year.
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But more people get on board each year to give, Wilder said, which is why the event's success continues to increase. For instance, the number of individual donors increased from 3,293 donors in 2015 to 3,676 this year.
To encourage more people to give, the foundation awards the nonprofits that pull in the most donors. This year's top three earners were the Mountain Trails Foundation, the Summit Land Conservancy and Nuzzles & Co, in that order.
"The leaderboards are by numbers of donors, not by amount of money raised," Wilder said.
Mountain Trails earned an additional $2,500 on top of the $57,434 it received. Second-place winner Summit Land Conservancy gets an additional $1,500 and third-place spot Nuzzles & Co. gets $1,000.
While the third and second places switched this year, Wilder said the same organizations continually rank in the top seven on the Live PC Give PC leaderboard.
Charlie Sturgis, executive director for Mountain Trails, said he feels his organization tends to do well because it offers something tangible to Park City residents.
"We simply come in and build trails that many people use," he said. "Our life is relatively simple and super transparent."
Sturgis said much of the nonprofit's support comes from small donations from its members.
"I sort of like to think I run a Bernie Sanders' foundation sometimes," he said. "Generally around 85 percent of our donors are giving under $100."
The money Mountain Trails earned on Friday will pay for what Sturgis calls the little things. The executive director said it's nice to have funds in the bank not reserved for specific expenses.
Sturgis said the money will obviously go to trail upkeep, but also the unexpected expenses that sometimes come up, such as engine repairs for the trucks it uses.
"I like the idea that you can have money that you could spend without having to write a grant or fulfill a government requirement," he said. "It's a big deal."
A total of $78,527, which includes unique donations plus matching grants will go to Summit Land Conservancy's goal of preserving open spaces in Summit County.
"When you donate to Summit Land Conservancy, those dollars support our programs and they save land," said Caitlin Willard, the education and outreach director for the nonprofit.
Willard said the organization, which has protected more than 3,000 acres and plans to preserve 2,100 more, is thrilled by its success this year.
Kathleen said was elated about the amount of money Nuzzles & Co. received.
The president of Nuzzles&Co. said the nonprofit was out and about all day Friday, asking people to help them pay for the medical services they provide to cats and dogs. For instance, volunteers brought puppies to businesses and also set up an airstream trailer to be a snuggle lounge with kittens.
"One of the most rewarding things is watching the donations come in and reading the comments and seeing how many lives our pets have touched and how grateful people are for their pets," Toth said.
Wilder said nonprofits such as Nuzzles & Co. spend months planning for Live PC Give PC. He also said the community foundation has its work cut out for next year, though he hasn't started planning.
"It's a big undertaking," he said. "It's kind of amazing that it all comes together, essentially on that one day, and that it has such an impact.
"Yeah, it takes half a year of planning to do one day's work. Park City Community Foundation leads the way on that, but it's also the work of many individual participating nonprofits that make it a success."