JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Partners of the Save Genevieve campaign announced today that another local family—inspired by community outpouring this far—has pledged a $1 million dollar donation contingent upon the securing of one thousand new gifts of any size by the end of the month.
It’s welcome news for a grassroots effort to preserve the greenspace, the character, and the historic buildings on the Genevieve Block. In fact, organizers are dubbing it “Million Dollar May.”
Given the incredible success of the $100,000 challenge last Friday, April 26, when 335 donors stepped up to raise $242,000 in a mere 24 hours, the project partners are enthusiastic about augmented momentum throughout the remainder of the month.
The Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) is taking the fundraising lead on the project.
“We were giddy with Friday’s impressive turnout, and are thrilled by the new challenge,” JHLT President Laurie Andrews explained. “The JHLT is grateful for this family’s extraordinary belief in the project and hope to see response from the community through gifts of all sizes. Your dollars matter, especially in May.”
Last Friday’s effort was inspiring to be sure.
“We are thrilled to see the Save Genevieve campaign gain so much momentum in its first few weeks,” the anonymous donor family stated. “Our family is eager to support this cause, and hopeful that, together with the community, we can save this beloved greenspace in the heart of Jackson. Time is of the essence, and every gift is vital. Let’s get this done, Jackson!”
A critical ongoing element of the project’s ultimate success is support from fellow nonprofits and businesses in Jackson.
Katharine Conover, President of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole (CFJH), expressed her hope for the project.
“The CFJH is inspired by this community-based project that brings hope for a solution to preserve an important part of [Jackson’s] history as well as a cherished outdoor gathering space. We are delighted to have the opportunity to be a partner and supporter of this project,” Conover explained. “We are incredibly impressed by the widespread passionate support shown by the community to save the block.”
A gift of any size, even if you’ve already given, will be counted toward this challenge.
To donate, visit savegenevieve.org, or by calling the Jackson Hole Land Trust office at 307-733-4707, in person at the JHLT office at 690 S HWY 89, Suite 101, in Jackson, or by mailing a check to the JHLT, PO Box 2897, Jackson WY, 83001.