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The Telluride Foundation announces Squidshow Theatre as the winner of the Arts Category Text-To-Give Giving Contest. The Text-To-Give contests initiated by the Telluride Foundation are 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.



The first round of the Text-To-Give Contest consisted of four nonprofit Arts organizations: Michael Palm Theatre, Sheridan Arts Foundation, Squidshow Theatre and Telluride TV. The contest ran from March 1 - April 2, 2010. Each nonprofit competed to raise as many $5 texts for their organization with the Telluride Foundation matching the winner's donations.



"The Arts was the perfect category to kick off the Text to Give contest," said Paul Major, President & CEO of the Telluride Foundation. "The four groups rose to the challenge and kept us laughing with very creative marketing. We saw it all from people wearing sandwich boards, to racey online videos, even an attempt for a Text-To-Give Jello Wrestling event and a very successful Text-a-thon Party. We love their enthusiasm, and in the end the four groups raised over $4,500 for their organizations."



Squidshow Theatre is a well deserving winner who put much energy into the Text-To-Give Contest. They received 308 texts totaling $1540. The Telluride Foundation will match their texts, increasing their total amount raised to $3,080.




The Telluride Foundation will hold four text-to-give contests during the year and will match the organization who receives the most texts up to $2,000 in each contest. Each round of Text-To-Give will feature a category of nonprofit i.e. arts, education, athletics, human services, etc. Nonprofits organization's that align with the category will respond to a request for proposal explaining how they will creatively promote the contest a, and four will be selected to participate.



The other nonprofit Text-To-Give Contest categories for 2010 will commence as follows: second, Health & Human Services May 28 - July 3; third, Environment and Animals August 4 - September 6; fourth, Early Childhood Development & Education November 25 -December 31. For more information about the Text-to-Give Context contact the Telluride Foundation or email:



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