The Targhee Music Foundation was started in 2015 for the purpose of supporting the Targhee Music Camp, which is held annually in August at the Grand Targhee Ski Resort in Alta, Wyoming.
Celebrating it’s 10th anniversary in 2015, many volunteer hours and untold amounts of personal time have always been a big part of organizing and running the Targhee Music Camp. In the last few years, the burnout was starting to take it’s toll on the organizers and volunteers. Seeing that this level of unpaid volunteering may become an issue for the sustainability of the camp, two campers, Rick Johnson and David Susong, came up with the idea of creating a 501(c)(3) Non-profit to subsidize the camp and assist with general expenses.
In December of 2014, Rob Williams (former camper and volunteer for website and other duties) established a non-profit corporation in the state of Wyoming, and began to put together the necessary documents to apply to the IRS for tax-exempt status. A board was established with Rick and David becoming the President and Vice-President (respectively) and former camper Diane Davis assuming duties of Treasurer/Secretary. An initial board meeting was held and initial plans and budgets were reviewed and organized. In May of 2015, the paperwork was filed and in just six short weeks, the Targhee Music Foundation became an official 501(c)(3) organization in July 2015, just before the start of the 10th Annual Targhee Music Camp.