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UPDATE: FUNDSY celebrates 50 years of helping

Since FUNDSY started in 1967, it has raised $7.4 million and has changed the face of the city in significant ways. It has built hospital rooms, theaters, offices, dance studios, shelters for people and animals, art exhibit spaces and more. In 2014, FUNDSY raised more than $200,000 for Create Common Good, a nonprofit that trains and finds jobs for adult refugees and people coming out of difficult situations.

When you have FUNDSY on your side, it’s like a touch of magic, says Create Common Good CEO Tracy Hitchcock. “It’s amazing to be recognized by an organization with such deep roots in the Treasure Valley. It’s a total feather in our cap.”

FUNDSY started as “Funds Serving the Y” as an annual building campaign to support the Treasure Valley Family YMCA. In 1970, organizers recast it as a communitywide benefit, “Funds Serving You.” It moved to a biennial event in 1972.

It specifically focuses on capital campaigns for building and equipment, which are difficult dollars to raise. Past FUNDSY beneficiaries include the Bogus Basin Foundation, the Idaho Humane Society, Terry Reilly Health Services, Learning Lab, The Assistance League and many more.

This year, the organization is celebrating 50 years of the community coming together to support nonprofits, says Remy Pop, a Boise financial manager who has volunteered for FUNDSY for 12 years.

Nonprofits apply to FUNDSY every two years.The committee must unanimously decide on one of the finalists to be that cycle’s beneficiary.

“We have a dual mandate to raise money and awareness by celebrating our great nonprofit organizations,” Pop says. “Every cycle is a different deal. FUNDSY partners with each charity, so we in a sense get to become that charity for two years. We work closely together, and that’s the fun of it for me.”

FUNDSY events include its nearly sold-out Boise gala on May 7 at the Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd. in Boise, and a golf tournament that was in September. Look for the next golf tournament in 2017. Tickets sales for this year’s gala officially ended on April 15, but there still are a limited number of single tickets available for $250 each. Check with the organizers on final availability. Learn more at FUNDSY.org.

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