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$3,230 Raised for Early Childhood Education through the Foundation's Text-to-Give Fundraising Campaign: Mountain Munchkins $2120; Primetime $1,010; Bright Futures $50 & Telluride Academy $50
The Telluride Foundation announces Mountain Munchkin's Childcare Center & Preschool and the Wright Stuff Foundation's Prime Time Preschool as the top two participants in the Early Childhood Education Category of the Text-To-Give Fundraiser. The Text-To-Give Fundraiser, initiated by the Telluride Foundation, is a new way to engage the community and empower donors of all levels to support our local nonprofits and their tremendous contribution to the community.

This fourth round of the Text-To-Give Fundraiser consisted of four nonprofit Early Childhood Education organizations: Mountain Munchkins, Wright Stuff Foundation/Prime Time Preschool, Telluride Academy and Bright Futures for Children. The fundraiser ran from November 26- December 31, 2010. Each nonprofit attempted to raise as many $5 texts for their organization with the Telluride Foundation matching each of the participants donations, dollar for dollar.

Mountain Munchkins was the top fundraiser, giving out personalized, reusable canvas bags decorated by the Mountain Munchkins children at the Mountain Village Market in exchange for each text to support the kids. "I was surprised with the success of giving away bags for texts at the Market," said Munchkin's Director, Kathleen Merritt. "The generosity of our community and visitors was overwhelming and I am so thankful to all who supported us."

Prime Time Preschool created a photo of the preschool children laid out to spell "TEXT" and also received a lot of support. The Telluride Foundation will match all the Text-To-Give participants dollar for dollar. Fundraising results, before the match, are as follows: Mountain Munchkins, $1,060; Wright Stuff/Prime Time, $505; the Telluride Academy $25; and Bright Futures for Children $25.

"It was great to see the community involvement in this last round of Text-to-Give fundraising," said Paul Major, President & CEO of the Telluride Foundation. "There was a lot of creativity, enthusiasm and passion, which is what philanthropy is all about. We are happy to match the fundraising efforts and support the local kids."

The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the cultivation and promotion of philanthropy. It is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making. As a grant maker, the Foundation awards grants to qualified applicants that serve the people living and/or working in the Telluride region for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the region. For more information on the Telluride Foundation, visit