The community of Denver, Iowa, population 1,700, proves that the size of the town does not determine the success of a fundraiser. "We raised over $2 million in 10 months for a sports complex in our town," said Gene Leonhart, chairman of the Greater Denver Activities Foundation.
"We hired a professional fundraiser from Wyoming to provide direction," said Leonhart, They helped determine the type of campaign, which involved asking for contributions through letter and personal contacts rather than selling items or sponsoring special events. The fundraisers helped mobilize over 70 volunteers to help make phone calls and presentations and to follow-up with potential donors.
Donations came from various solicitation groups, former students, foundations, philanthropic groups, alumni, and businesses. Others donated equipment or in-kind services for installation.
Additionally, the new lighting has enabled them to explore different avenues. Superintendent Kathy Gilbert remarked, "We were able to host a district tournament there, which brought in a lot of people for increased revenue."
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“We liked that Musco would cover any maintenance problems we had.”
— Kathy Gilbert
Denver Community School
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