The process

Following the decision of the City Council in the spring of 2010, to keep the swimming pool operating, it became apparent that a fund would need to be established as donations started to arrive from individuals and organizations concerned about the future of the swimming pool.

Partnering with West Central Initiative:

Knowing that it was important to set up a fund for the pool that would be a 501c3 to ensure that donations would be tax-deductible. (A 501c3 organization is one that is considered tax-exempt under the 501c3 section of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations considered 501c3s are not-for-profit organizations, which have a charitable purpose.) Through West Central Initiative, the 501c3 criteria would be met.

When WCI was contacted, they met with the Pool committee to explain how they could help us set up committees and a component fund to manage the distribution or use of all donations. Partnering with WCI proved to be a valuable resource in helping to create the Parkers Prairie Public Swimming Pool Fund. With WCI guidance, an advisory committee of individuals interested in the future of the swimming pool was established to recommend appropriate uses of funds consistent with the objective of raising funds for that purpose. A purpose statement was drawn up with the determination that all the funds would be used for the purpose of the future of the pool.

The PPPSP committee considered what would be the best direction to take to have a facility that would meet the requirements for safety, as well as recreation, with consideration for health and lower maintenance costs.

With unsolicited funds from individuals as well as local organizations of $7,000, it was decided to grant $4,800 to the City of Parkers Prairie to have USAquatics do a consultation to determine what would be required to have a pool that would meet the government health and safety standards, ADA requirements, and lower maintenance costs.

Who is West Central Initiative?:

In the early1980s, Minnesota-based McKnight Foundation helped set up six Minnesota Initiative Foundations (MIFs) including WCI to help turn around the declines in farming and mining economies that were stripping rural communities of people, jobs and hope.

Through these initiatives, the foundation has helped strengthen the economy of West Central Minnesota communities. One of the initiatives of West Central was promoting philanthropy to help administer fundraising technical assistance to communities. WCI provides a wide range of services and funds that help people in the nine counties of Clay, Becker, Wilkin Otter Tail, Traverse, Grant, Douglas, Stevens, and Pope complete their plans to support worthy causes and make their communities better places to live.

PPP Swimming Pool 2014