Old Bill's Fun Run
In 1997, an anonymous couple donated $500,000 to create an innovative, collaborative fundraiser that supports all local nonprofits by inspiring everyone to give: Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities. They haven’t missed a year since.
Today, one out of every three households participates in this festive, casual event and its associated six-week giving period. Whether it’s $9 from a piggy bank or $9 million from a hedge fund, all gifts are important and impact the community.
Total Funds Raised to Date: $133,854,817
Since the event’s inception in 1997, Old Bill’s has raised over $133 million dollars and made philanthropy a household word in Jackson. In 2016, 3,774 people donated through the event, with a median gift size of $250.
Old Bill’s Strives for Sustainability
Old Bill’s reflects Teton County’s community values, and sustainability is high on the list. It is a priority to demonstrate community leadership in this area, and to continue to make adjustments to the event to ensure that the resources used are not only necessary, but are compostable, recyclable, or reusable whenever possible.
Recycling & Composting
In 2011, Old Bill’s eliminated plastic water bottles from the event. In lieu of single-use plastics, Jackson Community Recycling/Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling hosted a water table again this year, featuring free reusable Silipint cups and compostable cups. Cups were composted after the event, thanks to Terra Firma Organics. Old Bill’s and the Community Foundation have been committed to eliminating styrofoam from the event. Participants are encouraged to BYO reusable water bottle!
Jackson Curbside Recycling generously provided recycling receptacles and disposed of the recycling for no charge to the event. Jackson Community Recycling/Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling provided a container for all of cardboard recycling needs generated by the race and participants.
The 2016 t-shirts are made from 100% recycled content. Each shirt prevents 10 plastic water bottles from going to the landfill. And because raising money for nonprofits is the spirit of Old Bill’s, winners of the runs have always received money to recycle – or rather donate – to their favorite participating charities in lieu of a prize.
Young Old Bill’s runners all received a medal recognizing their accomplishment. The medals were made by volunteers at the Senior Center of Jackson Hole from recycled and eco-friendly materials, and the runners in the competitive categories recycled their race bibs if they didn’t wish to keep them.
Friends of Pathways hosted a free bike valet on the Town Square on Run Day. Participants enjoyed the run, entertainment, nonprofit booths and a yogurt parfait knowing their bikes were in the hands of Pathways staff and safe on the Square.
The Community Foundation also encouraged Old Bill’s participants to travel to/from the event on the free START Bus Town Shuttle.
Folks who park their bike at the bike valet or ride the bus to Old Bill’s were eligible to enter a raffle to win $50 toward the participating Old Bill’s charity of their choice.
Eco-Conscious Printing Practices
The Community Foundation is committed to printing only the necessary amount of Old Bill’s brochures and related collateral. Wherever possible, event printing is done on post-consumer recycled content paper using vegetable-based inks. Online donations and runner/walker registration are enthusiastically encouraged!
In 2012, Old Bill’s received green event certification through the Council for Responsible Sport. The event achieved Silver Certification, a status good for two years, and it was the first in Wyoming to have this honor. In 2016, Old Bill’s became the first event in the nation to achieve Council for Responsible Sport “Inspire” certification.