JACKSON, Wyo. — The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole announced today that Old Bill’s Fun Run 2020 generated over 24,000 gifts from 4,349 donors, totaling $15,314,287. This number represents an increase of 7% over last year in support of local nonprofits.
The Match Pool, created with gifts from Mr. & Mrs. Old Bill, Co-Challengers and Friends, totaled $3,500,245, while participating organizations received $11,814,041 in gifts designated specifically for them. Over the last twenty-four years, Old Bill’s has provided a grand total of $189,034,823 to nonprofits in Teton County.
Community Foundation Board Chair Bill Hoglund remarked, “Old Bill’s 2020 was about coming together in unconventional ways and spreading generosity. This year’s event was a great reminder of the community spirit that makes Jackson Hole special.” Participating organizations were provided with a 45% matching grant. Nonprofits that raised $30,000 or more in designated gifts received a matching grant of $13,500 from the Community Foundation.
“This year’s event was unprecedented in many ways,” said Community Foundation President Laurie Andrews, “but one thing is for certain: your Old Bill’s gifts will continue making a difference through the work of local nonprofits. That is where the magic happens.”
Old Bill’s grants will soon be put to work and will touch the lives of everyone in Teton County: feeding the hungry, helping the sick and elderly, teaching kids to read, protecting wildlife and wildlands, preventing domestic violence, building affordable homes, keeping people safe in the backcountry, helping people with different abilities lead fulfilling lives, safeguarding the mental health of our friends and neighbors, and enriching our lives through the arts.
Community Foundation fundraises the entirety of the Match Pool, which provides Old Bill’s matching grants, covers administration for the event so nonprofits participate for free, and supports the Foundation’s Competitive Grants Program. The Community Foundation thanks Mr. & Mrs. Old Bill, the Co-Challengers, and all the donors and volunteers who make this event successful.
THE INAUGURAL SPIRIT OF OLD BILL’S AWARD
The Community Foundation also announced the Spirit of Old Bill’s Award, which celebrates individuals who embody the values of Old Bill’s – they support local needs with generosity and passion. The award recognizes community members who show outstanding leadership, innovation, enthusiasm, integrity, and compassion as they go above and beyond to help those in our community.
The Spirit of Old Bill’s Award honors individuals who share ideas, work tirelessly for others, and mentor the next generation of community members. They do the right thing, even when no one is watching. The recipient of this prestigious award will be able to designate a $2,500 grant to the nonprofit of their choice.
This year’s award goes to Julie Giacobassi and Zach Hall. Julie and Zach are co-founders and steering committee members of the First in Family Jackson Hole Scholarship, which awards four-year scholarships to Teton County, WY high school graduates who do not have a family history of higher education. In addition to her involvement with First in Family, Julie volunteers her time at Teton Free Clinic.
“From day one, Julie and Zach enthusiastically developed the First in Family program with love, kindness, and the fundamental belief that investing in and mentoring these students is important,” said Shelby Read, Director of Programs and Outreach at the Community Foundation.
“They meet with every student and their parents, often on many occasions, and they use their personal networks to find internships and work opportunities for the students. They have recruited a team of dedicated community volunteers to help them develop the program, and they have done it all with a deep commitment to building meaningful relationships with these kids.”
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NONPROFIT CHECK PICK-UP
On Tuesday, October 27, representatives from participating nonprofits should pick up their grant checks at the Community Foundation during the “drive-by” Old Bill’s check distribution. Checks will be distributed throughout the day outside the Community Foundation office (245 E. Simpson Avenue) in alphabetical order by the organization’s name:
- A-C: 9-10 am
- D-I: 10-11 am
- J: 11 am-1 pm
- K-R: 1-2 pm
- S: 2-3 pm
- T: 3-4 pm
- U-Z: 4-5 pm
Organizations may authorize anyone to pick up their Old Bill’s grant check at any point during the assigned time. Formal affiliation with the participating nonprofit is not required. Representatives are asked to wear masks and to remain in their cars; checks will be delivered curbside. In order to minimize traffic flow disruption, please approach the Foundation heading WESTBOUND on Simpson Avenue (toward Willow Street).
Unclaimed checks will be held at the Community Foundation until November 30. Any checks not picked up by November 30 will forfeit their matching grant. Checks will not be mailed. Please contact Annie Riddell (email@example.com) with questions.