Anonymous Donor Pledges $1 Million To Rocky Mountain Nature Association Next Generation Fund
Rocky Mountain Nature Association executive director Curt Buchholtz today announced that an anonymous donor has pledged $1 million to RMNA’s Next Generation Fund. But there is one big catch. The donor stipulated that RMNA has to match this pledge dollar for dollar in 2010.
“We accept the challenge,” Buchholtz said. “This is a great opportunity for RMNA and the many friends of Rocky Mountain National Park to raise $1 million to boost our campaign for the Next Generation Fund.”
Buchholtz also announced RMNA’s plan to raise the $1 million required to secure the full match. “This week we’re kicking off our boldest and most action-oriented fundraising event ever—the Million Mile Challenge.”
According to the plan, anyone can participate in the Million Mile Challenge. Participants pledge a certain number of miles, donating $1 per mile, and completing their pledge by any human-powered means—walking, snowshoeing, biking, skiing, etc. Participants can get sponsors to help them meet their pledge and miles can be logged anywhere in the world.
“The success of our Million Mile Challenge campaign rests squarely on the participation of our Front Range communities,” said RMNA fundraising projects manager Steve Coles. “We’re privileged to have one of this country’s premiere national parks in our state and in our own backyard. This is an opportunity to give back to Rocky Mountain National Park.”
The Next Generation Fund is a $10-million endowment campaign that promotes hands-on educational programs for youth in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Next Generation Fund will permanently sustain programs such as Junior Ranger, the American Conservation Corps, environmental education, and field seminars for youth. The campaign’s premise is to create the conservationists of tomorrow by educating the youth of today.
Buchholtz says that in addition to supporting a great cause, the Million Mile Challenge is designed to get people out in nature spending quality time with family and friends.
To join the Million Mile Challenge in support of the Next Generation Fund, visit www.rmna.org, or call (970) 586-3262. RMNA will be on hand at Estes Park Winter Festival events this weekend to answer questions and register participants.
For more information about RMNA or to make a gift, contact Steve Coles at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (970) 586-3262.