The Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation was founded in 1999, and since that time has distributed over $4 million to just over 100 nonprofit organizations in Custer County. Grants and gifts have been given to the arts, education, recreation, historic preservation, emergency services, health care, land conservation and related fields of service. The annual Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation Spirit Campaign is a program of matching gifts awarded by the Community Foundation based on individual donations to nonprofit organizations in Custer County.
The Spirit Campaign has generated over $3.5 million in donations for the local nonprofit community since the campaign’s inception in 2004. It allows residents to focus their donations on nonprofits of their choosing while knowing a matching gift will be awarded by the Community Foundation. In 2018, the Spirit Campaign matched contributions by over 700 individual donors to 74 Custer County nonprofit organizations totaling nearly $400,000 in charitable contributions.
The Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation would like to deeply thank the Anschutz Foundation in providing significant funding for this matching gift effort. The Anschutz Foundations have been partners in the Community Spirit Campaign since the program was initiated.