CRICCET helps non-profits

Howard County - Are you a non-profit that does good deeds for the community in which you live, but are not designated as a 501c3?
CRICCET can help.
Do you want to have a ben- efit for a friend with cancer and offer tax-deductible do- nations?
CRICCET can help.
Are you an organization having a fund-raiser and want to allow tax deductions to donators?
CRICCET can help.
CRICCET is Cresco Restoration Involvement Civic Center Education and Theatre. It was formed in 1978 by George Champlin and a group of individuals who were trying to restore the Cresco Theatre and Opera House.
CRICCET is a pass- through vehicle for organiza- tions who want to give tax write-offs on donations made to them.
In addition, most grants require an organization to be a non-profit 501c3. CRICCET allows a non-501c3 group to use its non-profit status to ob- tain grant funds.
Chairman of the recently re-established CRICCET group Rick Nance said, “We do not charge for the service, but we do ask organizations have double approval [two signatures on expenditures].” The group also wants to see an annual financial report.
CRICCET was formed in 1978 and then revised in the early 1980s to add other proj-ects. Besides using CRICCET for the theatre renovation (Avenue 2), the train project in Cresco’s Beadle Park and StreetScape project (bronze statues) also continue to use the organization as a pass- through vehicle. The Borlaug complex is another organiza- tion that has used CRIC- CET’s services.
It’s purpose is to “receive contributions for community betterment projects. This should include conservation projects; refurbishing public property; restoring and devel- opment of Dr. Norman Bor- laug family home area; building Chamber of Commerce office/tourist center and museum; community non-profit entertainment group; railroad museum equipment; in addition to helping maintain city opera house and theatre.” It also was to include any project that would benefit all the people.
The Cresco-Area Chamber of Commerce uses CRICCET for many of the organizations that come to it for help with grant applications.
CRICCET can be used con- tinually or for a one-time event. It is available to all of Howard County, as well as neighboring organizations.
Nance said, “CRICCET does not provide funding but provides a vehicle to do their fund-raising.”
Members of the original board is a real Who’s Who list of supporters of Cresco and area. It includes Champlin, Jack Thomson, John Burgess, Dale Turnmire, Warren Lewis, James Ritchie, Arnie Kratz, Patty Elwood, Janice Slifka, C.J. Anderson, Bruce Turvold and Ralph Fitzgerald.
The newest members of the board include Chairman Nance; J. Scott Thomson, treasurer; Gayle Kelm, secre- tary; Barton Seebach as reg- istered agent; and board members Dean Lickteig, Mary Ellen Turnmire, Gayle Kelm, Spiff Slifka, Rod Freid- hof, Keith Wherry, Kelly Buehler and Rick McCarville.
CRICCET also allows at least one individual from groups it is helping to have a representative on the board.
At its most recent meeting, on Nov. 5, the group will also help address disaster or emergency relief.
Any organization or project in need of CRICCET’s serv- ices can contact Slifka at the Chamber office (563-547- 3434) or e-mail Nance at

Cresco Times

Phone: 563-547-3601
Fax: 563-547-4602

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214 N. Elm Street
Cresco, IA 52136

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