A matching challenge has been met at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.  Genereux Investment Management challenged the community to raise $2,500 for the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund.

Funds from the challenge pushed the TMEF fundraising campaign closer to its ultimate goal of $1 million to $1.5 million by 2026. This amount will provide permanent funding for maintaining and improving non-motorized trails for hikers, bikers, equestrians and other non-motorized users in Routt and Moffat counties.

When asked why Mark wanted to challenge the community, he replied, “I was inspired by my enjoyment of trails. Not everybody has trails like we do so we need to take care of them. If we don’t take care of our trails, who will?”

Grants from the TMEF are made annually and are currently funding trail improvement projects including the Uranium Mine trail near Fish Creek Falls and the Wyoming Trail near Summit Lake in Mount Zirkel Wilderness.

The fund now has a balance of $404,393.

The Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund is held at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, a primary source for philanthropic resources and education for donors and nonprofit organizations. For more information about the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund, contact Helen Beall at 970-879-8632.