Columbia Parks and Recreation Fund

Note: Link to donate for the CoMoGives campaign will become active on December 1, 2019.
2019 Commemorative Poster Art Unveiling flyer
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#GivingTuesday – Commemorative Poster Unveiling Event

Please join us on opens in a new window#GivingTuesday as we unveil original artwork and the commemorative poster highlighting the beauty of the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail. Local artist David Spear will discuss his inspiration for the art and will be available throughout the evening to sign posters. Posters will be provided as a premium for a minimum donation of $20 to the Columbia Parks and Recreation fund via the online CoMoGives campaign. opens in a new windowWalt’s Bike Shop is supporting the fund by offering an additional premium of SmartWool socks (while supplies last) for donations of $50 or more. All of the proceeds from the evening’s event will benefit the Columbia Parks and Recreation Fund.  This is an endowment fund to help provide a perpetual revenue source to sustain and augment Parks and Recreation parks, trails and programs.

Event Location

Walt’s Bike Shop, 1217 Rogers Street

Evening Schedule – Tuesday, December 3, 2019:

5:15 pm –Complimentary appetizers, beer and soda
5:30 pm — Formal remarks by Mike Griggs, Parks and Recreation Director, “Park and Trail Progress Report” and art unveiling
5:45 – 7 pm — Poster signing with artist David Spear and socializing
Thank you to Walt’s Bicycle, Logboat Brewing Co., N.H. Scheppers Distributing, Nauser Beverage and Pepsi Beverages Co.

 

We hope you can join other trail and park enthusiasts in unveiling the second annual series of artwork to depict the beauty of Columbia parks and trails. The holidays are right around the corner and this will be the perfect gift for the trail enthusiast in your household.
Donations made during the CoMoGives campaign can help us qualify to receive additional challenge grant funds from the Community Foundation of Central Missouri.

FAQ

Q: How can I receive a poster (size 13 x 19”)?
A: Copies of the poster will be available at the event by donating online to the Columbia Parks and Recreation Fund via the CoMoGives.com campaign. Posters will be provided as a premium for anyone who donates $20 or more. We are unable to accept cash or checks for poster transactions. Attendees can use their personal phone or City staff will have computers to assist with online donations.  Posters will be available for pick up at Walt’s Bike Shop, 1217 Rogers, after the unveiling on Tuesday, December 3 from 5:45 – 7pm.  After this date, posters can be picked up at the main Parks and Recreation Office, 1 S. 7th St., M-F, 8 am – 5 pm.

 

Q: Why can’t I purchase a poster at the event with cash or a personal check?
A: This is an online fundraiser, via CoMoGives to coincide with the National Day of Giving. #GivingTuesday

 

Q: Can I donate before the poster unveiling event on #GivingTuesday and still receive a poster?
A. Yes. You can begin donating on December 3, 2019. If you make a donation of $20 or more during the CoMoGives campaign (Dec 1 – 31, 2019), your donation qualifies for a poster. Posters will be available for pick up after the unveiling event on December 3. However, attending this event offers a unique opportunity to have your poster signed by the artist, David Spear.  If you donate in advance of the event and want to receive a poster signed by the artist, please have your donation confirmation available on your phone to help speed up the process.

 

Q: Will a poster for each park or trail eventually be released?
A: It our vision to continue with a series of commemorative posters to celebrate the heritage of our park and trail system in Columbia, Missouri.

 

Q: Do you pay the artists you work with and do you use local vendors for printing?
A: Yes, we do!

What is the Columbia Parks and Recreation Fund?

Columbia Parks and Recreation Fund Logo and Stephens Lake Park

Columbia’s parks, trails, programs, and events are an integral part of our community. The Columbia Parks and Recreation Fund was established in 2017 as an endowment fund to sustain and augment Parks and Recreation programs and facilities during difficult economic times when operating expenses are increasing and municipal budgets are shrinking.

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Fund is separate from the City of Columbia budget and was established through the Community Foundation of Central Missouri. The Fund was initiated in 2017 with its first donation of $25,000 from an anonymous benefactor.  The Fund provides an avenue for citizens to contribute to help sustain and augment Parks and Recreation programs and facilities. 

Why should I contribute?

Woman thinkingColumbia Parks and Recreation is committed to improving our community’s health, stability, beauty, and quality of life by providing outstanding parks, trails, recreational facilities, and leisure opportunities for all. We promote health and wellness, protect environmental resources, foster human development, strengthen community image and sense of place, and provide enjoyable recreational experiences for all citizens, no matter the age, ability or income level.

City of Columbia departments continue to experience budget cuts as operating expenses increase while sales tax revenues stagnate or even decrease. This situation threatens our ability to maintain a quality of park and trail system and to continue to offer programs and community events. If you love Columbia’s park and trail system and appreciate the benefits Parks and Recreation services provide for our community, you can help support and sustain these services by your donation.

How can I contribute to the Columbia Parks and Recreation Fund?

Donations acceptedMost donations occur during the CoMoGives campaign, which takes place from Giving Tuesday (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in November) through the end of December. CoMoGives donations must be made online on the CoMoGives website  (active in December) to count toward the campaign. Donations made during the CoMoGives campaign also count toward the Challenge Grants offered by the Community Foundation of Central Missouri, which can help augment donated funds.

Donations can also be made year round online for the Columbia Parksand Recreation Fund on the Community Foundation of Central Missouri’s  website, or by check or cash delivered to the Parks and Recreation Office, 1 S 7th Street, Columbia, MO 65201.  Checks should be made out to: Columbia Parks and Recreation Fund

Important: Checks must include the word “Fund” in the “To” line to distinguish donations earmarked for this specific fund.

What your donation could buy: A $50 donation will buy two 5-gallon trees to plant in a Columbia park; a $100 donation will send one Special Olympics athlete to the state competition.

Where does the money go?

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Fund is under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Central Missouri. All of the funds under the Foundation’s purview are pooled together for investment purposes and take advantage of an economy of scale principle, generally earning a higher rate of return than individual investments. Creating an endowment fund that is separate from the City of Columbia budget ensures that there is a permanent source of revenue for Parks and Recreation services.

How will the funds be used?

The funds will be invested to grow in value and create an endowment fund for Columbia Parks and Recreation. They will be used to help sustain and augment Parks and Recreation programs and facilities and can be used as matching funds to apply for grants.  The Columbia Parks and Recreation Fund is governed by an Advisory Committee consisting of the Chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission, three Parks and Recreation Commissioners appointed by the City Council, and the Director of Parks & Recreation. (See City Council legislation establishing the Columbia Parks and Recreation Fund). 

The purpose of the fund as set forth in the Agreement between the City of Columbia and the Community Foundation of Central Missouri that established the fund is described as follows:

“Purpose. The Fund is established for the charitable purpose of accepting contributions and using the income and principal from the Fund to make grants augmenting and supporting the services, programs and facilities of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department.”

Are donations to the Columbia Parks and Recreation Fund tax deductible?

Charitable Tax Deduction

Yes, in accord with tax laws. Donors will receive an automatic email receipt for each CoMoGives contribution from the Community Foundation of Central Missouri, a 501(c)(3) organization, at the conclusion of each transaction. Donations sent directly to the Parks and Recreation office at other times of the year will receive a letter acknowledging their donation that can be used for income tax purposes. All gifts are irrevocable and, unless otherwise noted, unrestricted. See your tax advisor regarding tax implications of your gift, particularly if your gift results in receiving a premium during the CoMoGives campaign. The Tax Reform Act of 2017 may affect whether or not you qualify to itemize deductions.

What is the Community Foundation of Central Missouri?

We connect people who care with causes that matter.The Community Foundation of Central Missouri is an independent, nonprofit organization created for the betterment of our communities. Their mission is to  “improve the quality of life within our region by inspiring charitable giving, fostering partnerships, and connecting donors to the causes they care about most.”  They help nonprofits and charitable organizations build endowment assets by connecting donors with local nonprofits and providing accounting and investment services.