The Seeley Lake Community Foundation’s Change Your Pace Challenge is a campaign for community-wide giving, celebrating the people and organizations that make our community great!
CONGRATULATIONS, SEELEY LAKE, FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR! Over $64,000 was raised collectively through the 2018 Change Your Pace Challenge! Over $15,000 of those contributions came in for the CYP Match Fund, which helped grow the power of donations to participating organizations.
That's over $258,000 raised for this community over the past three years of the Change Your Pace Challenge! Our check-presentation ceremony, at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation Annual Banquet on August 12th at the Double Arrow Lodge, celebrated each organization's success!
A big thank you to some of our Match Fund contributors, the LOR Foundation, for generous contributions in 2016, 2017, and 2018, as well as Energy Partners, our local energy source!
About the Change Your Pace Challenge
On May 24th, the Seeley Lake Community Foundation’s third-annual flagship community fundraising event began! We’ll help 17** local organizations raise money for important projects during this ten-week fundraising challenge. By contributing matching funds, the Seeley Lake Community Foundation will grow the impact of the donations each organization receives. We’re excited to encourage community philanthropy and increase support for all the great work our local groups are doing.
The 2018 Change your Pace Challenge fundraising period is from 9am on Thursday May 24th, 2018 until 5pm on Friday August 3rd, 2018.
During this ten-week fundraising period, the Challenger Match Fund motivates community members to give to their favorite participating local nonprofits, knowing that their gifts will be matched by generous philanthropists and businesses, thus increasing the power of their gift.
The Seeley Lake Community Foundation solicits contributions to our Match Fund from generous businesses and organizations who inspire us all to give. These match funds increase the size of your gift to your favorite organizations!
You can also join these extraordinary Challengers by giving to the Match Fund, and your gift will help all participating organizations.
After the donation period closes on August 3rd, we'll tally up each organization's totals, and calculate the match percentage based on how big our Match Fund grows!
In 2016, the Change Your Pace Challenge raised a total of $113,000, and in 2017, the CYP Challenge raised a total of $81, 230 for all participating organizations!
Together we’ll support these hard-working organizations that in turn support our community!
Below are the 2018 participating Change Your Pace Challenge organizations (or check out the 2018 CYP Challenge brochure).
We promote and preserve the arts in western Montana. Funds will support our 2 Valleys Stage program, which brings high-caliber performing arts talent to our underserved community.
Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Our goal is to restore and conserve the coldwater fishery of the Big Blackfoot River and its tributaries.
We work to conserve the natural resources and rural way of life in the Blackfoot watershed. Funds will support our partnerships in land and water stewardship, and wildlife and vegetation management.
Funds will repair and build new elements of our Challenge Course, which will be available for use by community groups.
Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
Donations will be used to provide a community 4th of July fireworks show and parade for all to enjoy!
Destinations for Education
These donations will establish a scholarship fund to help students pay for a trip abroad in 2020. This is one of the few cultural enrichment opportunities high school students in our rural community have.
Driftriders Snowmobile Club
We maintain an extensive, high-quality snowmobile trail system in the Seeley-Swan Valley. Funds will go towards trail grooming for winter recreational usage.
Loving Hearts Thrift Store
Our store proceeds get distributed to help with community needs. These funds will help update and renovate our buildings after severe snowloads.
Seeley Lake Community Foundation
We strengthen and enrich the community through engaged philanthropy and leadership. Funds will support our small grants program for: art & culture, education, community development, basic human needs, and natural resources & conservation.
Seeley Lake Elementary Outdoor Leadership Project
This project expands opportunities for students grades 3-8 to learn directly from the natural world. Funds will offset the cost of equipment, camping fees, food, and transportation for each class outdoor leadership trip.
Seeley Lake Lions Club
We empower volunteers to meet humanitarian needs. Funds will provide services including: eyeglasses, holiday food baskets, and firewood for those in need; an annual Easter egg hunt and children's ice skating party.
Seeley Lake ROCKS
Funds will enhance XC skiing opportunities and mountain bike trails to help local residents and visitors enjoy the outdoor recreation in this valley.
Seeley Lake Senior Center (Sela Senci – Think Young)
We provide nutritious meals to seniors and disabled residents in the Seeley Lake area. Funds will upgrade our sound system and help with operation costs for our center.
We're committed to assisting women carry to term by providing emotional support and practical assistance. Funds will stock our baby boutique, update curriculum, and help begin our teen outreach program.
Sullivan Memorial Community Hall
We provide a place for the community of Seeley Lake to gather. Funds will help install a digital sign reader, pave the parking lot, install a park lawn, replace roofing, and renovate kitchen.
Upper Swan Valley Historical Society
We preserve and promote the cultural heritage of the Swan Valley. Funds raised will provide exhibits, activities, and events for people of all ages to learn about and enjoy our local history.
Veterans & Families of Seeley Lake
Our goal is to increase the quality of life for our veterans locally and overseas. Funds raised will send care packages to soldiers overseas, upkeep the Memorial Garden Park, and help rebuild a local veteran's porch.
**The Seeley Lake Firefighter Foundation (listed in the brochure) elected not to participate in the CYP Challenge this year. Any funds they receive will be passed along to them, but will not qualify for additional money from our Match Fund.