Community Center Group Hiring Fundraising Consultant

7/28/11 – Now that the city of Beaver Dam has closed on a building donated for use as a Community and Senior Center, officials are focusing their attention on paying for the renovation. Community Activities and Services Department Administrator Evonne Koeppen says the non-profit Friends of the Beaver Dam Community Center group is hiring Saterbak and Associates as a campaign consultant to help with fundraising. There are no city tax dollars planned to pay for renovation of the former Fullerton Lumber building at 209 South Center, so the group is planning on fundraising for the money. The Senior Center does have around $300,000 in an endowment fund. Koeppen says they are also looking at grant funding options, but they would need the city’s help for that. There was concern that Community Development Block Grant funding from the Department of Commerce would dry-up after the department was privatized, but Koeppen says those grants are still available. The maximum the Senior Center could be awarded from a Block Grant is $750,000. That’s the same amount of money a fundraising feasibility study determined the group could raise for the $2.5 million dollar project.