RIPLEY - Our Community's Foundation is now accepting applications from area nonprofit organizations to participate in the 2013 Charity Challenge Run & Walk Benefit and Matching Grant Program. The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, April 15th.

The Charity Challenge is a collaborative fundraising Run & Fun Walk Benefit and community wide non-profit matching program. This event gives community organizations the opportunity to have their fundraising dollars ($500 minimum and $2,000 maximum) matched at a 50% level ($1 match for each $2 raised) through the Charity Challenge Run &Walk Benefit to be held in Ravenswood on September 21st.

The Charity Challenge Benefit is held by the Community Foundation to raise funds collaboratively and build community awareness for the many important community projects produced by the non-profit organizations serving our area.
Last year the 20 participating organizations collectively generated over $157,000 with the Community Foundation providing matching dollars.

"Our Community's Foundation works to build permanent dedicated funds to benefit Jackson County residents, causes, and non-profit organizations. We believe that raising funds and producing events collectively is effective and efficient and also works to strengthen our sense of community. Over the past 11 years the Charity Challenge Program has provided over $950,000 in support for community programs and projects," commented Jane Winters, Our Community's Foundation Regional Manger of Affiliates.

Any Jackson County non-profit organization (listed as a 501c-3); public institution (or support group for a public institution); church or governmental entity can apply to be involved in the program.

Approximately 20 non-profit organizations will be selected for participation in a competitive selection process.
A Selection Committee from the Jackson County Community Foundation will select the participating organizations in an effort to involve a broad range of programs and projects in education; health & human services; recreation; and arts & culture.

Application forms are available online at the Foundation website (under the Jackson County tab) and must be completed and submitted online by midnight April 15, 2013.
Interested non-profit organizations must complete an application form by the deadline to be considered for participation in the matching program. Questions regarding the Charity Challenge Matching Program can be directed to the Community Foundation at 304-372-8588.

The Foundation's Selection Committee will select the organizations for participation and notify all non-profit organizations that applied to participate by May 1st.

The Jackson County Community Foundation is a regional affiliate of Our Community's Foundation, the Parkersburg Area community Foundation and Regional Affiliates.