Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV) kicked off this year’s season of giving by donating more than $262,200 in local and regional grants, scholarships and sponsorships to the Summit and Park County communities; a figure that more than doubles their 2016 Spring grants and donations earlier this year. In just nine months, BGV’s new philanthropic program, BGV Gives is succeeding at elevating the company’s giving efforts under the leadership of one of Summit County’s most successful fundraisers and volunteers, Deb Edwards.
BGV Gives leveraged a variety of BGV’s resources in order to raise such substantial donations this fall:
$194,700 was funded from the BGV Donor Advised Fund at The Summit Foundation, $10,000 was funded from the Rob Millisor Heart Health Fund, and $57,500 was funded directly from Breckenridge Grand Vacations for sponsorships. BGV and BGV Gives were able to generate these contributions with enormous help from their employees, developers Mike Millisor and Mike Dudick, volunteers and various local charities.
BGV Gives was also able to grow biannual funding to help 28 organizations this November, which significantly supports the surrounding communities in several need areas. Summit County grants were distributed as follows: $115,000 was awarded to six health and human service groups, $109,700 was donated to 15 educational establishments, and $22,000 went to five other local charities. Additionally, two charitable agencies in Park County received a sum of $15,500. These gifts are being used to fund capital projects, special event sponsorships, program equipment, scholarships, educational materials, general operating support and numerous other program needs.
The CEO of Breckenridge Grand Vacations, Mike Dudick summed up his company’s philanthropy by saying, “The act of giving enriches and strengthens the bonds that create the most genuine form of community. BGV’s success is a tremendous gift that we are fortunate to share. In doing so, our hope is that others will join us in sharing their gifts with the community as well.”
BGV also matches employee assistance fund contributions, sponsors charitable golf tournaments, co- sponsors The Summit Foundation’s Great Rubber Duck Races, supports the Summit Foundation through medallion donations, provides in-kind spa certificates and in-kind lodging to a number of local charities, and helps several other philanthropic causes. These contributions combined with the biannual grants bring BGV’s giving in 2016 to more than $860,000 in less than one year.
About BGV Gives: Founded in 2016, the BGV Gives Program was established to facilitate and further extend Breckenridge Grand Vacations’ philanthropic reach and impact in Summit County and the surrounding area. Inspired by the late BGV Owner/Developer, Rob Millisor, this charitable program honors his example of service to others by supporting the local nonprofit community. BGV is excited and humbled to continue Rob’s legacy of giving through fundraising, sponsorships, grants, volunteering and
in-kind donations on behalf of those in need, with a primary focus on health, human services and education. With guidance from the BGV Gives Program Manager, Deb Edwards, this program is committed to growing BGV’s local contributions and inspiring fellow community members to give more, by providing resources and opportunities to help others in need.