The Park City Community Foundation
and the Park City Board of Realtors have found a way to show their love to local nonprofits and part-time residents. The two organizations have collaborated on the Giving Guide
, a new program and publication that is designed to connect the nonprofits with these homeowners.
"We want to give our part-time residents the opportunity to contribute to or volunteer for these nonprofits," said Katie Wright, executive director of the Park City Community Foundation. "The part-time homeowners love the town but since they are not here full-time, they may not know the nonprofits that make this community a wonderful place."
On Tuesday, the Park City Board of Realtors donated $25,000 to the Park City Community Foundation to help with publication and distribution of the guide.
Realtor Sara Werbelow said the Park City Board of Realtors have wanted to find different ways the realty community could support the nonprofits that serve the greater Park City area, including Summit and Wasatch counties. "The realtors in our community are very generous as individuals financially and with their time and commitment they give to our many nonprofits and many, including the brokerage firms, contribute funds from each closing to one or more of these organizations," Werbelow said. "Over the summer, we had a discussion of the desire for our realtor community to band together and create a fundraiser or philanthropic effort that made sense to us."
"We spoke to a variety of nonprofits in town to get a sense of where our contributions would be most meaningful," she said.
The research led them to Wright, who was also thinking about a way to get part-time residents involved with the nonprofits.
A year ago in July, Tom Raffa, a part-time resident who owns a home in Promontory, contacted Wright with an idea.
"He lives in the greater Washington, D.C., area and is very involved with a project there called the Catalogue for Philanthropy," Wright said. "In D.C., there are a lot of nonprofits doing good work and there are many residents who live outside the city who wanted to contribute to these nonprofits."
Throughout the past 15 years, the Catalogue for Philanthropy has served as a tool to connect these potential donors to these causes.
"Tom and his wife Kathy noticed the same sort of thing here in Park City," Wright said.
"Those of us who come to Park City as part-time residents love to ask a local when we want to know the best places to dine, fish, ski, hike, see a good show," Raffa said in a statement. "When we see a need in the community we have come to love, we only want to be assured that our efforts will have a positive impact."