|The Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundationís annual Spirit Campaign is now underway.
The 12th annual Spirit Campaign, which runs through Dec. 31, encourages donors to make financial contributions to local non-profits, and those donations are then matched with funds from the Foundation and other sources.
This yearís matching fund is starting off with $30,000: $20,000 from the Community Foundation and $10,000 from the Denver-based Anschutz Foundation which has been a long-time partner in the Spirit Campaign. That total figure is expected to grow as individual donors contribute directly to the matching fund.
Nearly 70 local non-profit organizations are eligible to receive donations through the Spirit Campaign. The qualifying non-profits must hold 501(c)3 status from the IRS.
Last year, nearly 700 donors from here and from throughout the U.S., as well as from several foreign countries, made donations through the Spirit Campaign. As a result, some $321,000 was distributed to 69 local non-profits. Last yearís match was approximately 26 cents on the dollar.
Since the Spirit Campaignís inception, approximately $2.5 million has been distributed to local non-profits.
To make a donation, use the form appearing in an ad elsewhere in this weekís Tribune, or in the Foundationís Annual Report and Non-Profit Guide which was released last week and is available free of charge at various locations around town, including the Wet Mountain Tribune.
Here are some guidelines:
--Donors can contribute to one or more non-profit organization, but all checks must be made out to the WMVCF and mailed to the Foundation at P.O. Box 718 in Westcliffe.
--Matching funds are fully applied to donations of $1,000 or less from each individual, family and/or business. For contributions of more than $1,000, the match is pro-rated.
--There is no minimum amount that can be contributed.
--Donít have a favorite charity? Then contribute directly to the Matching Fund; your donation will be shared by virtually all non-profits here in Custer County.
--All donations must be received, or post-marked, by, Dec. 31, 2015 to qualify for matching funds.
--All donors will receive a formal letter of acknowledgement from the Community Foundation.
--Funds, and the names of individual donors, will be distributed to the local non-profits in late January or early February 2016.
The Community Foundation was established in 1999, thanks to a generous gift from a local family.
For more information about the Foundation or its Spirit Campaign, visit its website at wmvfc.org; call the Tribune office at 783-2361; or contact any of the Foundationís board members: Vic Barnes, Butch Gemin, Don Hopkins, Don Kaufman, Jim Little, Arlie Riggs, Randy Rusk, Wendy Rusk or Chris Seegers.