Hey, Game Fish and Parks! How’s fundraising going for the big shooting range you said you could build northeast of Rapid City in Meade County? Not great, project supervisor John Kanta told the Game Fish and Parks Commission last week on Friday:
Commissioner Julie Bartling of Gregory asked Friday how much has been raised from non-government sources. Kanta said the total so far was $740,000 and the goal is $5 million [Bob Mercer, “First Bid Awarded for Rapid City Firearms Complex,” KELO-TV, 2023.09.08.
Oh. Two years in, and not quite 15% of only a quarter of the total cost of the shooting range raised? That doesn’t sound like a resounding endorsement from the private sector.
To jump start fundraising, GF&P is taking bids for an independent fundraiser:
3.1 The purpose of this RFP is to hire an individual or company to lead a campaign to identify potential donors or continue working with already established contacts, build relationships to generate interest to support the project, and affirm financial support with commitments to support the project; resulting in the generation of a minimum of $5 million in donations to support the construction of the South Dakota Shooting Sports complex near Rapid City, SD.
3.2 The offeror will work with key contacts already established by GFP and to also develop a prospect list of potential donors.
3.3 The offeror will provide training and materials to select GFP staff that will assist with the campaign.
3.4 The offeror will develop key campaign materials to market the fundraising efforts.
3.5 The offeror will oversee and manage all campaign aspects to include but not limited to setting the agenda and facilitating regular monthly GFP administration meetings, potential donor identification, grant writing, donor outreach and solicitation, and donor event invitations and event scripting.
3.6 The offeror will oversee and manage a list of gifts, pledges, donations, and funding totals, develop and facilitate signing of gift agreements to donors and manage filing of those agreements [Game Fish and Parks, Request for Proposal #23RFP9055, published 2023.08.16].
Proposals are due tomorrow, September 13, in GF&P John Kanta’s office. Make the low bid, and Game Fish and Parks will want you on the phones making cold cash calls starting October 1.