The Friends of the Bluff is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization.
After a year like 2020, your inbox is likely flooded with deserving charities asking for your contribution. Like them, we've struggled to fundraise through our traditional approaches this year, leaving our hands tied when opportunities arise to protect the land or public access to it.
But that hasn't stopped developers.
They continue to pour into Spokane with their eyes set on the natural, open spaces that make Spokane the beautiful city that it is. Spokane is "on the map" now, whether we like it or not, so we have limited time to act.
Help Us Protect The Bluff
Red: Tuscan Ridge
Green: LEAF Project
Yellow: Other Private Properties/
Earlier this year, Friend's of the Bluff founder and previous president, Diana Roberts lost her battle with cancer. It was a devastating loss for our organization but she left behind $11,536 to Friends of the Bluff in her will. It was Diana's hope that her donation would inspire others to contribute, so that's why we've decided to set our year-end fundraising goal at $11,536. This is a tall order for us, but we want to show Diana that the community matches her support for the bluff and will continue on her legacy.
There are a lot of projects we're excited to tackle in 2021, but at the rate that Spokane is growing, none are more pressing than land preservation.
In 2021, we plan to hire a grant writer to ensure that we're capitalizing on all of the funds available to us. We will also initiate community outreach campaigns to gather wider interest and support for various land acquisition projects. We are currently focusing on a few private properties bordering the bluff that pose an imminent risk to public access.
Many people don't know, but this access point has been in jeopardy for several years due to the proposed "Tuscan Ridge Development." This property is a critical access point for countless bluff users and always held a special place in Diana Roberts' heart. We will start new initiatives in 2021 to preserve this property, or at the very least, maintain public access through it.
After years of discussions surrounding the 48-acre farm in Vinegar Flats, the owners are finally moving toward a sale with real estate developers. But they've given us a limited window to come up with a fundraising plan to preserve the land. A group of 10-20 dedicated conservationists and city representatives have been meeting weekly to discuss our options, but the project may fall apart soon without a surge in funding.
"And Much More"
We always have several irons in the fire, but we're forced to prioritize them due to limited resources and personnel. What do you want us to pursue in 2021? We want to hear from you!
As an entirely volunteer-run non-profit organization, Friends of the Bluff relies heavily on community fundraising. We have an extremely dedicated board that wants to act aggressively in 2021 to preserve as much public access as possible. It's what Diana wanted and the time to act is now!