What is a “Partner”?
A “Partner” is a business, organization or private individual who share similar interests about downtown El Dorado with regards to physical appearance, preserving history, supporting locally owned businesses and improving the local economy. A Partner will support El Dorado Main Street through annual financial contributions so that Main Street can effectively execute the four-point approach which include: Design, Economic Restructuring, Promotions and Organization.
Why should I become a “Partner”?
The short answer is, by becoming a Partner you help to us to keep the doors open and allow us to continue doing what we do. Becoming a Partner, your financial contributions is tax deductible and enables you to receive a number of different incentives, based off your level of contribution. These incentives can be found here.
The long answer is, El Dorado Main Street is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization who relies on their Partners each year to pay the bills and provide necessary resources for our different committees and grants. Without our Partners, El Dorado Main Street could not sustain itself and therefore, would not exist.
If El Dorado Main Street did not exist, it would have a significant negative impact to the local economy! Since the organization was created in 1998, we have either supported or directly financed over $40 million in reinvestment and improvements to the downtown district through nearly 100 individual IWW Loans, Facade Improvement Grants, and Federal/State Grants.
One of Main Street’s goals is to start-up new businesses in our downtown area which in turn will create new jobs and increase tax revenue. We have re-committed to donating up to $10,000 each year towards Facade Improvement Grants and loaning out tens-of-thousands to local businesses for the zer0-to-low interest IWW Loan program.
El Dorado Main Street is also responsible for the Frontier Western Celebration that has the largest impact on sales tax revenue and bed tax compared to any other local event throughout the year.
What are the different “Partner” levels?
How long does my “Partner” status last?
With your financial contribution, your Partnerships will last the entire year and end on December 31st of the year. It is highly recommended that you make your contribution early in order to maximize the benefits and incentives for the entire year.
Do you have a fundraising goal for “Partnerships”?
Yes we do! The minimum amount that El Dorado Main Street needs to raise each year in order to operate within our budget is $12,000. Obviously if we raise more than this goal, we will be able to do that much more within the organization. Because we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all earnings raised will be used for the operating expenses and resources of the various committees and will not be for financial gain to any individual.
How do I become a “Partner”?
First off, thank you for your consideration on becoming a Partner! Because of you, El Dorado Main Street can continue what we’ve been doing since 1998! To become a Partner, you can:
- Contact Emily by phone at 316-321-3088
- Contact Emily by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit the office at 116 W. Pine in downtown El Dorado
- Send a check payable to “El Dorado Main Street, Inc.” to: P.O. Box 1281 | El Dorado, KS 67042