Late start has little impact on fund-raising |

Late start has little impact on fund-raising

Veronica Whitney

To Cindy Cohagen, director of the Eagle Valley Land Trust, the Bair Ranch fund-raising campaign has been a success despite a late start. Although it had committed to raise $1.3 million for the preservation project, the Land Trust didn’t start fund-raising for the project until March, once another group, The Conservation Fund, had the brothers who own the ranch under contract.”This was a very successful campaign. A capital campaign to raise $1.3 million can take anywhere between six to 18 months,” said Cohagen, who has until July 7 to raise $118,000 for the project. “We’re over 500 contributions toward the challenge.” The Wiegers Family Foundation has pledged $50 for the first 1,000 contributions the Eagle Valley Land Trust receives for Bair Ranch. Private contributions to the project also include $100,000 from the Gates Family foundation in Denver.”I wasn’t surprised with the response of the community,” Cohagen said. “When people put aside all politics and controversy they see this is an investment in the future to be enjoyed by generations.”Once she is done with raising the money for the closing, Cohagen said she’ll continue to raise the balance of the transactional cost, another $65,000.

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