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Trying to Raise Money for a Course? Leverage the Disc Golf Foundation!

I'm involved right now with the design of what will be a great course in Pinconning, Michigan. Pinconning is, to put it mildly, not in the economically most robust part of Michigan, which is itself, not exactly economically robust right now. But the lady raising money for the course, Lorie Szyperski, has raised more than $4,000, so far. (There's even a disc golf course fundraising 'thermometer' on the front page of the local newspaper.) Any disc golfer heading North on I-75 will have to schedule time to drive 4-5 miles east off the freeway and visit this new Blizzard Hills Disc Golf Course.

When Lorie began fundraising, she kept running into the same problem that a lot of local folks around the country do: Businesses and larger donors wanted to be able to contribute to a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in order for their contribution to be tax deductible. She could, as most do, I think, have given up on those large donations. But I put her in touch with J. Gary Dropcho and the Disc Golf Foundation. Using the Foundation, Lorie has been able to get those larger, charitable contributions. Here's how.

Your large contributors write checks to the Disc Golf Foundation, a true 501(c)(3);
  • The Foundation stores your money, after taking a 10 percent cut (for disc golf development purposes);
  • The Foundation sends your contributors the receipts they need for tax deductions; then
  • The Foundation makes your large purchases for you by writing checks to, for example, a basket manufacturer.
On Thursday, Sheila picked up the first nine baskets for Blizzard Hills from Discraft. Sunday I will deliver them to Pinconning, when I go up to see how the course clearing is going. The DGF is purchasing them with money Lorie raised in Pinconning, and her contributors are getting official receipts for charitable donations. Sounds good, eh? It is. More people need to know about this great course development resource.

The Disc Golf Foundation also accepts general contributions for its work promoting the development of disc golf.

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Tags: 501(c)(3), Blizzard Hills, Pinconning, course development, disc golf foundation, fundraising, new course

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Comment by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on May 11, 2008 at 5:57pm
Garrett, it is 130 miles from my house. Just about exactly a 2-hour drive.
Comment by Garrett Graham on May 11, 2008 at 1:27am
how far north is pinconning?

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