Over the coming weeks leading up to Old Bill’s, I’m focusing on a slice of the nonprofit community. This week, I celebrate our Civic and Education organizations.
Dear Foundation Friends,
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Flashback. I stand next to my desk in the classroom, hand over my heart, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance with my classmates. Each of us looks at the flag posted at the front of the classroom as we deliver words that we know as well as our home addresses. Something moves through me as I say those words – pride, awe. Even today, the words give me a shiver of civic pride when I recite them in unison with community members at a town meeting.
Can you still smell the chalk dust, and hear the squeak of wood and metal desks that were part of your childhood classroom? Maybe a folded note passed to you by a friend will interrupt you reading Catcher in the Rye out loud while smells of hot lunch waft down the halls from the cafeteria. Remember your favorite teacher who helped you discover the beauty of equations, words, music, art? Or perhaps you learned best through clubs that introduced you to the world or taught you to raise a farm animal.
Education and civics are entwined with our lives. As adults, they ride with us as invisible companions until we have a child in school, witness a local teen accept a scholarship, watch a parade downtown, or attend a merit badge ceremony with the Scouts. We engage in a form of civics each time we join a group or society that serves a community purpose. These groups enrich our local population through humble actions that have deep results.
Civics and education organizations are the anchors of society, helping us to put our best selves forward towards the greater good. By giving to organizations that serve us through education and civics, we pledge our allegiance to open dialogue, to learning and understanding, and to service and mindfulness, in pursuit of liberty and justice for all.
I hope you will put your hand over your heart and give generously to our nonprofit partners working in education and civics through Old Bill’s this year.
With pride for our community,
President, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole
Participating Nonprofits: Civic & Education
American Legion, Jackson Hole Post No. 43
Becoming Jackson Whole
Billy Frank Memorial Scholarship
Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center Foundation
C Bar V Ranch
Central Wyoming College - Jackson
Charles Reid Schouboe Memorial Scholarship
Children's Learning Center
Chris Hodges Memorial Fund
City Kids Wilderness Project
Community Foundation of Jackson Hole (Community Emergency Response Fund, Competitive Grants, and Youth Philanthropy)
CRS Memorial Scholarship Fund
Cub Scout BSA - Pack 268
Cub Scout BSA - Pack 67
Daughters of the American Revolution, Davey Jackson Chapter
Eastern Star Foundation of Jackson Hole
First in Family Jackson Hole Scholarship
First Responders Support Fund
Fund for Public Education - Teton County
Geologists of Jackson Hole
Girl Scouts of Teton County
Girls Actively Participating! (GAP!)
Global Arts & Innovation Network
Global Ties Wyoming
Jackson Hole Child Care Helpers
Jackson Hole Children's Museum
Jackson Hole Classical Academy
Jackson Hole Community School
Jackson Hole Driving Foundation
Jackson Hole Ski Patrol Memorial Scholarship Fund
Jackson PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Kiwanis Club of Jackson Hole
Levi Dowell Memorial Scholarship
Lions Club of Jackson Hole
Moose Corner Children's Academy
Native American Jump Start
Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center
P.E.O. Chapter BG
Rotary Breakfast Club of Jackson Hole
Rotary Club of Jackson Hole Foundation
Rotary Supper Club Charitable Association
Scouts BSA - Troop 268
Scouts BSA - Troop 67
Scouts BSA - Venture Crew 407
Slow Food in the Tetons
Soroptimist International of Jackson Hole
Ted Jonke Memorial Soccer Scholarship
Teton County 4-H Council
Teton County Historic Preservation Board
Teton County Library Foundation & Friends
Teton County Sheriff's Auxiliary
Teton Literacy Center
Teton Music School
Teton Science Schools
Transcendental Meditation Center of Jackson Hole
WyoFile - Teton County
Young Eagles Flight Scholarship
Click here for a full list of participating nonprofits.
Since 1997, Old Bill’s Fun Run has raised more than $173 million for nonprofits in Jackson Hole. Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill donate $500,000 every year to challenge the community. Co-Challengers and Friends of the Match join them to create a matching grant opportunity that inspires others to give. Through this collaborative initiative, donors can contribute to their favorite nonprofits with increased impact.