More Than A Donation, A Statement |

More Than A Donation, A Statement

Jack Mueller, Chairman, Park City Community Foundation

As most of the community is aware, last Friday was the third Live PC Give PC (LPCGPC) event, an annual day of giving for Park City and Summit County, organized by Park City Community Foundation. Through your charitable giving, in a 24-hour period, we raised almost $835,000 for 79 local nonprofits. A truly amazing day!

A key part of Park City Community Foundation’s (PCCF) mission is to grow philanthropy in our community and to act as a convener for local nonprofits, so let’s put into perspective what our little community accomplished. Clearly the total amount raised far exceeded our goal of $750,000, a reality that has been true in each of the three years of LPCGPC. This included the generous contributions of corporate sponsors and matching grants of almost $170,000. Individual donations ranged from large to small. I would mention one citizen who came to the giving headquarters in the Yard and apologetically said he could only give $3. Obviously it was his participation and commitment to caring, not the amount, that was so heartwarming and oh, by the way, Mike Levinthal’s personal matching grant of $25 per new donor resulted in this gift actually being $28, generating an even bigger smile from this donor. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, there were almost 3,000 individual donors, representing an impressive participation given our local adult population. A sincere thank you to all of the LPCGPC donors, sponsors, volunteers and recipients!

Now that the day has passed and the glow of our collective achievement wanes, I want to remind each of you what your contribution truly entails. The largest recipients represented key activities and infrastructure that we all know, enjoy, and use to enrich our lives in Park City – Mountain Trails Foundation, KPCW, the Park City Film Series to name just a few. But it is the diversity of causes that were supported that must be appreciated. $1 in $4 of the total raised will be supporting health human service organizations (The Hope Alliance,

Peace House, People’s Health Clinic …), many of whom strive to execute their mission helping those less fortunate in our community with very limited budgets. There is constant dialogue regarding diversity and "keeping PC, PC" via affordable housing and such, but these human service organizations – supported by you – are key enablers in this regard. The reality of that was made clear when the head of one such nonprofit saw Trisha Worthington (Executive Director of PCCF) and told her, with tears in her eyes, how appreciative she was for the day. The woman explained how the $2000 they received would allow them to employ new ideas to meet their mission. The results of their efforts and your support benefit not just their particular group, but all of us. Talk about a feel good moment!

I think we all can accept that as individuals, we are all part of something bigger, whether that pertains to your religious beliefs, the reality that we are part of a global economy, citizens of a great country and so on, but on that one particular day, our "bigger" is our community. Representing the PCCF board and staff, thank you so much for your generosity and commitment to the collective "us".


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