Extraordinary Gift to Benefit The Women's Wilderness Institute
The Women's Wilderness Institute is delighted to announce a challenge grant anticipated to raise $50,000-the largest gift in the organization's history. An anonymous donor has pledged up to $25,000 to match community contributions from new donors, and current donors who stretch to increase their gifts.
"We were concerned about how the current economic climate might impact the Institute, especially its ability to run a full schedule of summer courses and provide scholarships for girls in need," said the donor, who wishes to remain anonymous. "We felt that a challenge that encourages new and increased gifts, would be a powerful way to inspire others in the community to step forward and support this wonderful organization."
"This gift is an extraordinary demonstration of confidence in the unique programming we provide," says founding and interim Executive Director Laura Tyson. "It's a major call to action to our community. We are one of only a few programs in the country that provides outdoor programming specifically designed to address issues relevant to girls. We urge everybody who believes in the power of developing strong, confident, and visible girls to be especially generous this year."
The grant specifically targets new and increased gifts, and challenges The Women's Wilderness Institute to broaden awareness of services they have been providing in Boulder County since 1998. Every gift from a new donor will be matched dollar for dollar. Every gift from an existing donor will be matched dollar for dollar above their previous gift. The grant will also match corporate and foundation donations.
The goal is to raise $25,000 to match the gift by March 31, 2011.
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The donor's faith in Women's Wilderness and their ability to raise the money is particularly notable given that this is a transition period for the organization. In 2011, TWWI will focus all of its resources at the heart of its mission- the Girls' Wilderness Program. The girls' program will run a full schedule of fifteen multi-day courses for girls ages 9-17, while the women's program will pause until 2012.
About The Women's Wilderness Institute
The Women's Wilderness Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the courage, confidence, and leadership of women and girls through the support and challenge of wilderness and community-based experiences. Since 1998, over 4,000 women and girls have participated on a Women's Wilderness course. For more information, visit womenswilderness.org, or call 303-938-9191.
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