Historic giving challenge Give a Hoot launched

On Wednesday, July 10, the Park County Community Foundation launched Give a Hoot, Park County’s first-ever month-long community giving challenge, at the Livingston Farmers Market. More than 40 Park County nonprofits were in attendance.

Give a Hoot has been created to inspire people to come together and contribute to local nonprofit organizations serving Park County. More than 50 Park County nonprofits are participating in the inaugural campaign projected to raise more than $400,000 for local organizations. A full list of participating nonprofits can be found at www.give-a-hoot.org.

Thanks to the generosity of a core group of committed philanthropists, gifts made by the public to participating nonprofits will be eligible to qualify for partial matching funds. Known as “Give a Hoot Co-Challengers,” these supporters not only provide the partial matching funds but also ensure participation is free for nonprofits, allowing for 100% of all donations go to the donor-designated nonprofits. Participating organizations will be eligible to receive partial matching funds up to $10,000.

“Park County has a long history and culture of neighbors helping neighbors,” said Gavin Clark, executive director of the Park County Community Foundation. “Nonprofit organizations fill critical needs in Park County, and during Give a Hoot, charitable dollars will go farther thanks to the partial matching of gifts made to participating organizations.”

Give a Hoot will culminate with a celebration on Aug. 8 at the Livingston Hoot, an annual free music concert in Livingston that has brought stars like Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill and others to Livingston’s Main Street.

“Give a Hoot is a great opportunity for our community to invest in itself,” said Bruce McKnight, board chair of the Park County Community Foundation.

In addition to support from the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, Montana Rail Link and Willow Creek Ranch, additional matching funds are provided by the Give a Hoot 2019 Co-Challengers: Deborah Erdman, Sal and Carol Lalani, Philip Morris USA/Crazy Mountain Ranch and Diana and Bruce Rauner.

Eligible gifts can be made online at www.give-a-hoot.com or by filling out a donation form. Individuals can make a single gift and choose multiple nonprofits to support. Gifts will be accepted from July 10 to Aug. 8.

The Park County Community Foundation will have Give a Hoot info tables at the Gardiner Brew Fest on July 20 and the Shields Farmers Market on July 22. Give a Hoot will culminate with a celebration on Aug. 8 at the Livingston Hoot.

Abby Lynes can be reached at alynes@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2651. Follow her on Twitter @Abby_Lynes.

Abby Lynes covers business and the economy for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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