Holiday Fund generates community funding for community programs |

Holiday Fund generates community funding for community programs

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Being a community newspaper means being a part of the community.

The Holiday Fund is one way the Post Independent raises funds for nonprofit organizations in Garfield County. It’s a way for the Post Independent to connect with the area it represents.

“Being a community newspaper, we want to be a part of the community, and Holiday Fund is one way for us to reach out to the local nonprofits,” said Glenwood Springs Post Independent publisher Andrea Porter.

The Holiday Fund began in 2004 and has seen an increasing number of applicants for assistance each year. For 2007, the PI received 14 applications requesting more than $28,000 in aid, and set an amount of $20,000 as the goal to reach. The effort came up a little short, but the newspaper was able to give out $14,500 in donations.

“We were disappointed that we weren’t able to give out as much as we would have liked,” Porter said. “We were close to the goal, though. And based on the amounts people requested, we were able to give them all pretty close to the amount they asked for.”

YouthZone public relations director Mary Jean Carnevale said YouthZone has received funding from Holiday Fund since the annual campaign began. The funding has helped the program in several ways and the $5,000 it received this year will help continue to support the program.

“The important part of local contributions is that we can use it in any way we see fit,” Carnevale said. “We were delighted with the contributions this year. It will help us provide services to the youth and families in the community and it’s exciting that the community supports what we do.”

Funding from local entities is more flexible, according to Carnevale, whereas grant money is more specified in how it can be allocated. Local funding also aids local nonprofits when applying for grants, Carnevale said.

“It really shows the grantors that we are supported by the community and that helps us get grants,” Carnevale said. “I want to say thank you to the PI. It’s a great way for people to get involved in the community and know that the money will continue to give throughout the year.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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