Inspired by anonymous donor, more than 200 help putt-putt $2,000 into Communityworks fund

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By Evan O'Brien

Content Manager

Provided by Matt Baron for Communityworks

A $1,000 contribution to the Communityworks Endowment Fund turned into $2,000 on Sunday, thanks to more than 200 people who took part in the "Putting for Philanthropy" challenge at A Day in Our Village.

Even more remarkable, the 100-percent return on investment is simply par for the course.

Heading into the 38th year of the community event at Scoville Park, an anonymous donor pledged to give up to $1,000 to the Communityworks Endowment Fund. The contribution hinged on the success of passers-by who tried their hand at tapping a golf ball on a miniature green at the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation booth.

After the tallying was done, with 122 adults and almost as many children joining in the philanthropic fun, Foundation representatives reported that the goal had been achieved in the ongoing effort to build community sustainability.

And because the Grand Victoria Foundation is matching contributions, dollar for dollar up to $2 million, the $1,000 racked up is automatically doubled. A cross-section of the community played a part in responding to the challenge, from pre-school-aged youngsters who had never held a club before to savvy golfers who clearly took their strokes seriously.

A hole-in-one was worth $5 and matched for a $10 contribution; a putt into the sand trap made for a $2 donation that was doubled, and the very popular water hazard netted a $1 contribution that was doubled for $2 to the Fund.

If you are familiar with PlanItGreen, Zero Waste programs in our schools , the Future Philanthropist and/or the Community Leadership Programs, then you may know that Communityworks has been instrumental bringing each of these initiatives into being.

Supported by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, Communityworks is a community driven partnership that addresses the success of all youth through quality education, building an environmentally healthy community, and developing tomorrow's community leaders today.

It is also an opportunity to build a permanent resource for community collaboration through the Communityworks Matching Campaign. Together with the assets already in the Communityworks endowment, this opportunity can create a $6 million permanent endowment for the Communityworks partnership.

To contribute to Communityworks and have your gift matched dollar for dollar, please call the Community Foundation at 708-848-1560 or send your contribution to Communityworks c/o the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, 1049 Lake Street, Suite 204, Oak Park, IL 60301.

September 30, 2011 is the last day gifts will be matched. For more about Communityworks, please visit

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