As a community-based non-profit organization, Sky Tavern depends on the financial support from Northern Nevada community. Each year, we hold a variety of fundraising events, submit grants to local foundations, and appeal directly to the families we serve for individual donations. In 2016, we increased fundraising efforts to now include internet-based fundraising campaigns. Together, these four categories successfully raised over $104,000 to support Sky Tavern in another year of great programming. However, we still need help getting kids and families outside and enrolled in the program––please consider making a donation.
Below are the details on each major fundraising effort.
• Sky Dome –Sky Tavern’s first-ever crowdfunding campaign ran for 2 months in Spring 2016 & raised nearly $14,000 from over 100 donors. All funds are earmarked for building the Sky Kids’ (ages 3-5) new home, called the Sky Dome. Construction has been delayed, but we hope to have it up for the 2018 Jr. Ski Program’s youngest members – stay tuned for updates throughout 2017. And not to worry, a temporary classroom will be setup for the 2017 Sky Kids to keep them out of the cold.
• Giving Tuesday & Annual Appeal – on November 29th, Sky Tavern joined thousands of other non-profits to participate in the annual nation-wide fundraising effort #GivingTuesday. Nearly $1,800 was donated from eighteen donors; Giving Tuesday was promoted to alumni, donors, and members via emails and highlighted on Facebook, Instagram, and our website. Additionally, past donors were mailed an annual appeal that generated over $3,000 in donations. Together, these year-end campaigns raised nearly $5,000.
• $40,0000 has been raised through grants to local foundations for the 2017 Jr. Ski Program. This funding subsidizes the costs of running a ski area, thus allowing us to keep our prices affordable for all families in Northern Nevada.
• Golf Tournament – This fall’s benefit tournament at the Lakeridge Golf Course raised almost $4,000 to support the Jr. Ski Program. Over 50 golfers played, took part in the raffle, and paid for mulligans.
• Ski Swap – The 2016 swap held in mid-October was a great success, with over $97,000 in total sales, resulting in almost $24,000 raised to support the Jr. Ski Program. In addition to charging for entering on Friday, Sky Tavern raised money by keeping 19% of sales from private parties and the five participating sport shops. Sky Tavern was also able to keep 100% of donated items that were sold.
• Pray for Snow Party – on December 2nd, 2016, this fundraising event was held at Sky Tavern and included a bonfire with s’mores and a ‘burning dude,’ art cars, raffle, auction, and a ski movie. With over 150 people in attendance, nearly $3,000 was raised.
• Outside of online giving, individual donors and businesses contributed nearly $14,000 in 2016. This included significant donations from Robison Engineering Company, Ebara International Corporation, and key donors.