New city donation website includes Rock Ledge option

       The Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site is among 15 programs on the City of Colorado Springs website that was recently set up to take online donations.
       A link to the donation webpage, dubbed “Give Where You Live,” is on the home page of the city website: www.springsgov.com.
       The general topic of “Parks and Trail Maintenance,” which would affect upkeep in Westside locales such as Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Garden of the Gods and the Douglas Creek Open Space, is another item on the list.
       People can click on the program they want to give money to. This opens a page allowing a dollar amount to be selected and the online payment process to take place.
       “How can I help? That is a question we have heard for months as the realities of the economic downturn have impacted city services,” a city press release states. “The City of Colorado Springs has developed the 'Give Where You Live' program to give citizens the opportunity to donate to the programs and services they most value.”
       In the 2009 budget year, Rock Ledge had received about $140,000 in city funding. But after March 31 this year, to save money, the city cut nearly all its funding. The ranch's Living History Association (LHA) has led a fundraising effort, including the resurrection of a dormant foundation, that has allowed the working ranch/educational site to stay open to the public through this year. Also, targeted donations have helped with some ranch employee salaries, according to LHA President Ron Wright.
       “Our immediate concern of course is staying open with programs that through the summer and winter will pay it forward into 2011,” Wright elaborated in an e-mail. “We have eliminated Sundays being open except for special events that will allow extra avenues to make money happen and place it within the foundation… I am confident that with the Sponsor a Horse and Sponsor the Cow programs, this will happen. All of the Sunday events on the calendar of events are 'out-of-the-box' fundraisers that [ranch manager] Andy [Morris] has put together. We now are doing conferences and weddings at the ranch and those are also 'out-of-the-box' ways to make money for the foundation.”
       For those without web access, information on the city “Give” option can be obtained by calling 385-5254.

Westside Pioneer/press release