Discover Lansdale meets fundraising goal; borough funds made available
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“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.