Over $5.2 million raised for Lander-area nonprofits in 12 years by Lander Community Foundation’s Challenge for Charities

    (Lander, WY) – In 2022, Lander non-profits together received $645,000 through the Lander Community Foundation’s annual community-wide fundraiser, Challenge for Charities (C4C). Over $2.2 Million of the over $5.2 million raised over 12 years has been since 2020. “I am so impressed and proud of this community. The generosity that poured through Lander this summer is incredible. I am grateful to the Challengers for their philanthropic leadership and generous support in building the highest Matching Fund in Challenge for Charities in history. LCF is honored to facilitate this community-wide fundraising event for the people of Lander,” said Lander Community Foundation (LCF) Executive Director Mary Greene.

    To participate, individuals and businesses can donate to the charities of their choice through LCF during the giving period (May 1-July 10). This is a streamlined way for nonprofits to raise money while staying focused on their mission. Challengers are people who provide money to a Matching Fund. The Matching Fund augments funds raised by the nonprofits. Matching funds can be as high as 60%. In this example, a nonprofit that raises $10,000 (or more) from donors would receive an additional $6,000 in matching funds.

    “I feel good about donating to Challenge for Charities because that money stays here locally,” says Edward Jones Financial Advisor Lonnie Bull, who is a 2020, 2021, and 2022 Platinum Challenger. “I could give money to any national charities, but that money then leaves our town. I want to support my neighbors—the people and organizations here in Lander.” 


    The philanthropic leadership from these local businesses and individuals allowed us to give a 42% match to the funds raised by our Lander nonprofits. 46 participating nonprofits raised $460,000 in 2022, which is $44,000 more than in 2021. The 2022 Challengers contributed a whopping $185,000 to the Matching Fund, making a total of $645,000 during C4C! These funds are all poured back into Lander and used for local programs and projects. Finally, there were 17 nonprofits that met or exceeded the match cap of $10,000—another record. 

    “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. This fundraiser works and programs thrive because of C4C. Additionally, we are seeing more new donors and more individual donations by people giving to these nonprofits through C4C.  This is so encouraging because it shows that citizens realize the immense impact their donation has when they give through C4C,”  Greene adds.

    2022 Challenge for Charities Challengers and Sponsors

    Many of our sponsors are local businesses. We are thankful to them for adding value to our community and for their community leadership.


    We’d like to recognize our 4 Platinum donors, each contributing $20,000 or more

    • Lonnie Bull at Edward Jones 
    • The Mortenson Family 
    • Fremont Therapy Group 
    • and an anonymous donor 

    At the Gold Level giving between $15,000 and $20,000

    • Jerry and Cassy DierkingVenters

    Titanium Level giving between $10,000 and $15,000

    • Don and Judy Legerski

    Silver level donors each contributing between $5,000 to $10,000

    • Rick & Janie Muir
    • The Blackbird Foundation
    • and two Anonymous donors

    Finally, we had 29 Bronze level Challengers who gave between $1,000 and $5,000 and 66 Iron level Challengers giving up to $999 each.

    These are the 2022 Participating Nonprofits & Fiscally Sponsored Groups for Challenge for Charities

    1. Academy of the Winds
    2. Almost Home Wyoming
    3. Anam Cara Giving – NEW
    4. Apple Valley School
    5. Art link Wyoming (formerly PALS)
    6. Central Wyoming Climbers’ Alliance
    7. Central Wyoming College Alpine Science Institute
    8. Child Development Services
    9. City of Lander Popo Agie River Park
    10. Community Entry Services
    11. First Stop Help Center
    12. Fremont County Pioneer Association
    13. Fremont County Search & Rescue
    14. Fremont Symphony Orchestra
    15. Good Samaritan Community Meal
    16. Help for Health Hospice
    17. Lander Art Center
    18. Lander Care and Share Food Bank
    19. Lander Children’s Museum
    20. Lander Christmas Baskets
    21. Lander Climate Action Network 
    22. Lander Community Concerts Association
    23. Lander Community Foundation
    24. Lander Cycling Club
    25. Lander Free Medical Clinic – NEW
    26. Lander Library Friends Association
    27. Lander Masters Special Olympics
    28. Lander Nordic Ski Association
    29. Lander Pet Connection
    30. Lander Presents 
    31. Lander Spay & Neuter
    32. Lander Swim Club
    33. Lander Valley Farmer’s Market
    34. Lander Womentum
    35. Museum of the American West
    36. Pushroot Community Garden
    37. Sinks Canyon Wild – NEW
    38. The Bossert Collective – NEW
    39. The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming
    40. Water for Wildlife Foundation
    41. Wind River Food Sovereignty Project – NEW
    42. Wyoming Outdoor Council
    43. Wyoming Pathways – NEW
    44. Wyoming Shakespeare Festival Company
    45. Wyoming Wilderness Association – NEW
    46. Wyoming Wildlife Federation

    We’d like to thank the Museum of the American West and Maggie Appleby for their support and for hosting our ceremony last Thursday at such a gorgeous venue. What a special museum we have right here!

    For more information about the Lander Community Foundation, please visit, email us at [email protected], or call 307-438-9247. 

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