It is an efficient and effective way for local organizations to raise money for their missions, for donors to maximize their contributions, and to celebrate a collaborative and community-wide effort toward philanthropic giving.
The Raw Deal Run fundraising period opens in late August and runs through the day of the fun run held on the first Saturday in October. Qualified local nonprofit organizations launch their fundraising efforts, and donors are invited to make gifts of all sizes to their favorite causes. All donations come through Sweet Grass Community Foundation, allowing donors to use one form and write one check to support as many of the organizations as they wish. After the campaign, organizations receive the money that was contributed on their behalf plus matching money from our Match Fund. The matching money motivates donors to give, as it ensures that the value of their individual donations will increase.
Sweet Grass Community Foundation solicits contributions to the match fund from individuals who inspire us all to give. This fund matches the donations made through the campaign, increasing the size of the gifts that are received!
Thank you to our 2017 Match Fund Community Challengers!
The 2017 Raw Deal Run was held on Saturday, October 7th. The festivities included a 3 mile walk/run, 6 mile run, Halloween costume contest and chili feed. The fun run course takes participants through two private ranches south of Big Timber that allow unprecedented access for this event.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
*Race participants will have to register by no later than 5:00pm on Friday, October 6th; day-of competitive registration will not be offered. Online registration opens on June 1st at https://runsignup.com/Race/MT/McLeod/SGCFrawdealrun.
The Raw Deal Ranch, McLeod, MT 59052 (16 miles south of Big Timber)
This family-friendly event includes a 3M walk and run, 6M run, Halloween costume contest, kids' activities and chili feed. Unique and much coveted prizes of locally produced meat products, incredibly scenic views, and festive atmosphere attract participants from across the region. The Raw Deal Run is the conclusion of a community-wide fundraising campaign benefitting numerous area nonprofits and community programs.
6 mile run, 3 mile run, 3 mile walk
8:30-9:30 am race check-in
9:45 am race briefing
10:00 am start: 6 mile run, 3 mile run, 3 mile walk
• Chili feed and entertainment
• Awards ceremony
The course is a mixture of flat ground and gentle sloping hills on dirt roads. It takes participants through breath-taking scenery on two private ranches in the Boulder River valley that allow unprecedented access for this event. The start and finish of all events will be at the Raw Deal Ranch barn.
From Big Timber, take McLeod Street (Route 298) heading south. Drive for approximately 16 miles. The Raw Deal Ranch is just past the small "town" of McLeod on the right. Follow signs for parking and to the check-in area.
For more information or to volunteer at the event, please contact (406) 932-3090 or email@example.com.
We have an exciting opportunity for your organization!
Since we are going through the time, expense, and effort to coordinate our annual Raw Deal Run fundraiser anyway, we are letting organizations like yours take advantage of it. We have turned the Raw Deal Run into a campaign for efficient community-wide giving. The campaign benefits any and all eligible local organizations that want to be involved. It is modeled after the groundbreaking Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities hosted by the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. In 2015, the Raw Deal Run Community Fundraiser raised more than $130,000 for area nonprofits and programs.
If you choose to get involved, your organization can benefit from a fundraising event without all the added work. We take care of the administration and event coordination. It doesn’t cost your organization anything. All you have to do is get your supporters excited about fundraising for you and encourage your donors to contribute. All contributions received on behalf of your organization during the fundraising period are eligible for matching funds, increasing the amount that your organization will receive.
All nonprofits, clubs, service groups, civic organizations, and public benefit projects in Sweet Grass County are invited to submit an application to get started. It is easy to do and there is no cost to apply.
If you have any other questions, or if you would like to meet with us to learn more about how your organization can benefit from the Raw Deal Run, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 932-3090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make a Donation
Donate to your favorite nonprofits with one check through the Raw Deal Run Community Fundraiser. Simply contact us for a donor form or donate online after August 26th. The matching money from our Community Challengers and Friends of the Match automatically increases the value of what you donate. This means more money for your favorite organizations!
Sweet Grass Community Foundation records your gifts, mails you a tax receipt and passes along 100% of your contribution to the organizations you choose.
The Raw Deal Run Community Fundraiser giving period will open at 9:00 am MST on Friday, August 26th and close at 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 8th.
Give to the Match Fund
Join us as a catalyst of community-wide giving!
Sweet Grass Community Foundation raises money for the Match Fund from individuals in the community, known as Community Challengers and Friends of the Match. That money is then available to match what is raised for local projects and organizations.
Match Fund donors are a distinguished group of community leaders who intrinsically value philanthropy and like to leverage their investments and are an essential part of the Raw Deal Run Community Fundraiser,
Match Fund Giving Levels:
Giving to the Match Fund is a special opportunity to support the tremendous work of our local organizations and to inspire others to give. In 2014, the Match Fund donors matched donations from 362 donors. We encourage you to join this extraordinary group by contacting Corry Cremer-Seitz, (406)932-3090 or email@example.com, today.
"I have run in the Raw Deal Run for the last several years and it is one of my all-time favorite races, ever! I have been racing for 30 years and you guys put on a really good race. The costumes are fun, the scenery is to die for, and so is the chili. I love your race and plan to attend as many years as possible! You raise money for a helpful and worthwhile organization and I’m glad I can donate to that."
- 2012 participant