Park City devotes a day to supporting nonprofits
Give 'til it Feels Good
October 2, 2017
Here in Summit County we rely on each other, and take care of each other. Every year, residents, visitors, and homeowners donate their time and fortune to over 100 worthwhile causes, from trails to kids, and to the arts.
Throughout the year there are many nonprofit events and fundraisers, including the National Ability Center's Red, White and Snow, Running with Ed, Park City Kimball Arts Festival, and the JANS Winter Welcome, which supports the Youth Sports Alliance. There's always an opportunity to get involved and help those in need.
Assisting these efforts, the Park City Community Foundation (PCCF) plays an important role in helping our community with information, education, resources and funding. The organization helps people connect with the things they care about. Since 2007 it has distributed over $4 million in grants; that's over $700,000 annually.
In 2016, the PCCF and the Park City Board of Realtors produced the Park City Giving Guide. This comprehensive publication helps donors discover worthwhile organizations that enhance our lives, with mission statements, wish lists, and contact information.
The PCCF's Women's Giving Fund, created by over 1,300 members, has made three high-impact grants: $30,000 to PC Tots to provide affordable childcare and education, to the Summit County Children's Justice Center, an organization dedicated to addressing violence against children and to Peace House, a local shelter for victims of domestic abuse.
According to PCCF Director Ollie Wilder, this year the Solomon Fund will integrate more minorities into recreation. "They work with the Youth Sports Alliance, Basin Recreation, and PC Marc to get more Latino kids involved," he says. "For instance, Ballet West has helped a Latina student get into dance." The Fund will give more opportunities for participation, with gear, scholarships, and transportation.
Live PC Give PC is perhaps the biggest giving event of the year. For 24 hours on November 10, the Live PC Give PC fundraiser will once again collect donations for dozens of local nonprofits. In 2016 nearly $2 million was raised, from more than 3,600 donors, with 106 nonprofits participating. These generous donations mean more help, more funding, and a better place to live for all of us.
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