Challenge for Charities raises over $3M for Lander-area nonprofits in 10 years

“This year we raised the most money ever for our community!” reports Lander Community Foundation (LCF) Executive Director Mary Greene. “Even in these unpredictable times, people stepped up to support essential nonprofit work. I am so grateful to our nonprofits for their continued hard work this year. My sincere gratitude goes out to the Challengers for their philanthropic leadership and generous support in building the second-highest matching pool in Challenge for Charities’ (C4C’s) history. LCF is honored to facilitate this community-wide fundraising event for the people of Lander.” 

To participate, individuals and businesses can donate to the charities of their choice through LCF. This is a streamlined way for nonprofits to raise money while staying focused on their mission. Challengers are people who provide funding to a “matching pool.” The matching pool augments funds raised by the nonprofits. Matching funds can be as high as 60%. In this example, a nonprofit that raises $10,000 from donors would receive an additional $6,000 in matching funds.

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This year, C4C had two Platinum Level donors, each donating $20,000 or more to the matching pool, and overall, 161 new donors and Challengers!  “I feel good about donating to Challenge for Charities because that money stays here locally,” says Edward Jones Financial Advisor Lonnie Bull, a 2020 Platinum Challenger. “I could give money to any number of national charities, but that money then leaves our town. I want to support my neighbors—the people and organizations here in Lander.” 

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The philanthropic leadership from these local businesses and individuals allowed us to give a 60% match to the funds raised by the participating nonprofits. There were 41 participating nonprofits in 2020. They raised a record $362,000! The 2020 Challenger matching pool was $142,000, making a total of $504,000—another record. These funds are all poured back into Lander and used for local programs and projects.

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“More nonprofits are raising more money through C4C each year. They recognize that this event is an effective tool for leveraging donations, and they’re becoming more adept at fundraising. That is just awesome,” Mary adds. 

2020 Challenge for Charities Challengers and Sponsors

This year we raised the Challenger Level amounts and added an Iron Level Challenger for any contribution to the matching pool up to $999. We want to recognize some of these individuals and businesses whose generous leadership helped us raise the second-highest amount for the matching pool in history—thank you!

Platinum Level Challengers ($20,000 or more)

  • Edward Jones – Lonnie Bull 
  • An anonymous donor

Titanium Level Challengers ($10,000-$14,999)

  • Trey Warren & Householder Properties
  • Friends of the Canyon

Silver Level Challengers ($5,000-$9,999)

  • Paula & George Hunker
  • First Interstate Bank
  • St. John’s Health
  • An anonymous donor 

Bronze Level Challengers ($1,000-$4,999)—22 donors

Iron Level Challengers (up to $999)—28 donors

These are the 2020 Participating Nonprofits & Fiscally Sponsored Groups for Challenge for Charities

  1. Academy of the Winds
  2. Almost Home Wyoming
  3. Alpha Recreation Center
  4. Apple Valley School 
  5. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fremont County
  6. Bighorn Restoration Group
  7. Central Wyoming Climbers’ Alliance
  8. Central Wyoming College Foundation
  9. Child Development Services
  10. First Stop Help center
  11. Fremont County Pioneer Association
  12. Fremont County Search & Rescue
  13. Friends of the Lander Golf Course
  14. Good Samaritan Community Meal
  15. Help for Health Hospice
  16. Lander Area Pathways through Lander Parks & Recreation
  17. Lander Art Center
  18. Lander Care and Share Food Bank
  19. Lander Children’s Museum
  20. Lander Christmas Baskets
  21. Lander Community Concerts Association
  22. Lander Community Foundation (unmatched)
  23. Lander Cycling Club
  24. Lander Dog Park through Lander Parks & Recreation
  25. Lander Library Friends Association
  26. Lander Masters Special Olympics
  27. Lander Nordic Ski Association
  28. Lander Pet Connection
  29. Lander Running Club
  30. Lander Swim Club
  31. Lander Valley Farmers Market
  32. Lander Womentum
  33. Museum of the American West
  34. Promoting Arts in Lander Schools
  35. Pushroot Community Garden
  36. The Nature Conservancy in Wyo
  37. Water for Wildlife Foundation
  38. Wind River Farm to Plate
  39. Wyoming Outdoor Council
  40. Wyoming Shakespeare Festival Company
  41. Wyoming Wildlife Federation

Typically, the Lander Community Foundation hosts the July 4th Lander Half Marathon, 5K, and 1-mile Mad Dash as the culminating event for Challenge for Charities. The race-day events provide a great beginning to Lander’s 4th of July celebration and raise additional funds for the Challenge for Charities. This year, the race was canceled due to concerns over COVID-19.

In addition to the Challenge for Charities, the Lander Community Foundation sponsors educational workshops for local nonprofits and offers a Competitive Grant Program for nonprofits to receive additional grant money for specific Lander projects.

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For more information about the Lander Community Foundation, or to inquire about joining our board, please visit and/or email us at [email protected] or call 307-438-9247. 

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