Dis­cover Lans­dale meets fundrais­ing goal; bor­ough funds made avail­able

North Penn Life - - OPINION - By Dan Sokil dsokil@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

Last year, Lans­dale Bor­ough Coun­cil chal­lenged lRFDl nRnSUR­fiW DLVFRvHU Lans­dale to raise $25,000 to sup­port bor­ough events in or­der to re­ceive $150,000 in funds from the bor­ough.

Re­cently, coun­cil learned WKDW WKH nRnSUR­fiW KDV PRUH than met its tar­get and is aim­ing even higher next year.

“So far we’ve had more than 45 com­pa­nies in­vest in Dis­cover Lans­dale and that’s just scratch­ing the sur­face. So far, we have raised $45,484,” said Dis­cover Lans­dale mem­ber Charles Booz.

That to­tal comes largely from spon­sor­ships for the bor­ough’s First Fri­day fes- tiv­i­ties and other events or­ga­nized by Dis­cover Lans­dale, but Booz said it’s not WKH Rnly wDy WKH nRnSUR­fiW has raised money.

“We’ve also got­ten over $5,000 in in-kind ser­vices and con­tri­bu­tions and spon­ta­neous ran­dom con­tri­bu­tions of more than 50 peo­ple just walk­ing up and say­ing, ‘Good job, keep it go­ing,’” with their do­na­tions adding up to more than $600, he said.

Those to­tal con­tri­bu­tions have more than dou­bled the tar­get bor­ough coun­cil set last year and coun­cil’s ad­min­is­tra­tion and fi­nance com­mit­tee dis­cussed the non­profit for two rea­sons at its lat­est meet­ing: now that it has hit its tar­get, Dis­cover Lans­dale is now able to ac­cess the $ 150,000 the bor­ough had set aside for it to use and as the bor­ough de­vel­ops its 2013 bud­get the non­profit’s tar­get may in­crease as the bor­ough con­tri­bu­tion de­creases.

Bud­get dis­cus­sions are just start­ing and will continue throughout the fall, but Bor­ough Man­ager Timi Kirch­ner said she’s sug­gest­ing in the first draft of the bor­ough’s 2013 bud­get that the bor­ough’s con­tri­bu­tion be dropped to $ 125,000 as Dis­cover Lans­dale proves it­self with events like last month’s Founders Day.

“As I stood watch­ing the New Hope and Ivy­land train arrive in our town, I thought, this is what Lans­dale is, and should be, and it was the en- ergy of Dis­cover Lans­dale that made it that way,” she said.

Com­mit­tee Chair­man Dan Du­ni­gan said he had “no qualms” about de­creas­ing the line item or con­tin­u­ing to VuSSRUW WKH nRnSUR­fiW.

“The line for Dis­cover Lans­dale will be a very easy thing to say this is some­thing we need to continue to do.”

Lans­dale is “a place where we all want to live, work, and raise our kids, and all of those events just sim­ply make it bet­ter,” he said.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Matt West added that see­ing the non­profit “hit it and went above [ the tar­get] just gives me all the con­fi­dence I need as a coun­cil per­son to vote in fa­vor of con­tin­u­ing to sup­port this or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

And Dis­cover Lans­dale mem­ber Richard Strahm said the tar­get was “kind of like a Mis­souri mo­ment — ‘show me’ that you can do WKLV,” DnG WKH nRnSUR­fiW KDV done so.

When de­scrib­ing the change to coun­cil, Du­ni­gan said he sees “noth­ing but big­ger and bet­ter things for Dis­cover Lans­dale, which leads to big­ger and bet­ter things for the community as a whole.”

“Chal­lenge ac­cepted,” said Coun­cil­woman Mary Fuller, who chairs the non­profit, and Du­ni­gan replied, “And met hand­somely.”

What will Dis­cover Lans­dale do with the bor­ough funds now avail­able? Booz men­tioned le­gal fees for ser­vices al­ready per­formed for WKH nRnSUR­fiW DnG D nRWLFH Rn WKH nRnSUR­fiW’V wHEVLWH could pro­vide an­other hint. It reads, “Dis­cover Lans­dale is seek­ing an bx­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor to lead, fa­cil­i­tate, plan and man­age all mat­ters re­lated to its pur­pose and mis­sion.”

The job de­scrip­tion in­cludes lead­ing in­ter­ac­tions be­tween the non­profit’s board, mem­bers and the pub­lic; se­cur­ing “cor­po­rate, pri­vate foun­da­tion and pub­lic sec­tor fund­ing” to sup­port the non­profit; and manag­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion and its events and fi­nances.

Sev­eral ap­pli­cants have al­ready been iden­ti­fied and an an­nounce­ment on that per­son could be made soon, ac­cord­ing to Fuller.

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