Old Bill's Fun Run
About, Details, Times, & Map
Twenty years ago, an anonymous, philanthropic couple, fondly known as Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill, envisioned a collaborative event that would support all local nonprofits and provide both competition and entertainment. For the first time, organizations came together in an efficient, unified fundraiser that raised awareness of community needs. Over the last two decades, more than $133 million has been raised for local organizations, and it has inspired similar events around the country.
About Old Bill's Fun Run
Event day – which includes a 2K or 5K fun run/walk and a 5K or 10K competitive run accompanied by free breakfast and fun, informational nonprofit booths – is an annual celebration of philanthropy and Jackson’s passion for outdoor activity. It is the Old Bill’s version of a community-wide gala: good-spirited, free, and most of all, effective.
Race day is no longer tied to fundraising, but the celebration remains the most visible way for the community to learn about Jackson Hole nonprofits and their important work. Prize purses in the competitive race are donated to the winners’ charities of choice, and there is food, entertainment, and plenty of social interaction for everyone.
Everyone is welcome to join in, show support for, and learn more about Jackson Hole’s charitable organizations. Participation requires only your presence and a willingness to have fun! Racer Registration is free if you register before the day of the event.
Online Registration opens on August 1st.
Why a Race?
Mr. Old Bill loves to run, and one day while on a run he got the idea for an annual community-wide fundraising event to benefit all local nonprofits.
Who Can Join?
Anyone can signup and join the run/walk whether or not they donate. Everyone can enjoy the festivities, learn about local nonprofits and celebrate community spirit.
When is the Race?
Old Bill’s is an annual event held each September. In 2017, run day is Saturday, September 9th at 10am. Racer Registration and the six-week giving period open August 1st.
Where in Jackson?
The event is held in downtown Jackson on the Town Square. For parking, race start location, and other important locations, refer to the Race Map below.
How Does the Old Bill's Event Raise Money?
The run itself is no longer tied directly to the fundraising. It’s simply part of a festive outdoor event to celebrate philanthropy, community spirit, and the hard work of local nonprofits. Money is raised before, during and after the race via the following two methods:
Each year, Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill kick off the fundraising by challenging the community with a $500,000 donation in funds for matching designated Old Bill’s donations. Next, the Community Foundation solicits additional matching fund contributions from the Co-Challengers, who donate at one of seven levels ranging from $25,000 to $250,000, augmenting the pool of money available for Old Bill’s matching grants. Learn more about how to give through Old Bill’s.
The other side of the fundraising draws from the community at large in response to campaigns by qualified local nonprofits that are participating in Old Bill’s. Individuals make just one gift, of any size, and designate one or more charities of their choice. The Community Foundation separately tracks each nonprofit’s designated gifts. Donors are also able to contribute to the match if they would like to support all participating nonprofits. Learn more about how to give through Old Bill’s.
How Do the Funds
Raised Help Nonprofits?
After all the money is in, the Community Foundation disburses 100 percent of the designated funds donated via community efforts to the specific charity or charities each donor requested. Finally, the total amount donated by the community to each charity is supplemented with an additional grant from the funds raised from Co-Challengers, Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill and Friends of the Match. The supplemental Old Bill’s grant, which varies annually, is based upon the each organization’s designated gifts and the total match funds available.