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Hello <<First Name>>, 'tis the season!
As autumn turns the corner into winter and the holiday season unfolds, Save the Dells is taking time to reflect on all that there is to be thankful for this year.

In 2021 alone, we've seen 473.7 acres of Granite Dells open space transferred into public ownership as part of the AED Annexation deal, with 300 more acres tentatively slated for purchase in the Storm Ranch area around Point of Rocks. We've celebrated five years as a grassroots community conservation effort, with the massive supporter and volunteer efforts it took to make it all possible. And we've seen how deeply this shared care and concern for our community runs beyond saving just the beloved Granite Dells-- together, Prescott voters elected THREE new councilmembers who pledged to do more for Prescott's water, open space, smart growth, and quality of life. These new leaders were officially sworn into their duties on November 23rd, 2021.

It's all that the founding members of Save the Dells could have hoped for, when they met as a small group of citizens in 2016 and decided that there was too much at stake to stand idly by...

This fateful meeting is perhaps what we are thankful for most of all-- because it was here that the decision was made to develop the organization as a Political Action Committee (PAC). This was the single biggest factor in the success that Save the Dells has had in growing a powerful voice and presence across the greater Prescott area; one that spans a political and geographic spectrum unlike anything our community has seen.

 
Donate here to keep us going in 2022!
Why Political Action Committees (PACs)?
(Left to Right) Newly-elected Prescott City Mayor Phil Goode, City Councilmember Eric Moore, and City Councilmember Brandon Montoya are sworn into office with their families on November 23rd, 2021. All three candidates were endorsed by Save the Dells in the 2021 Prescott city elections. (Photos: Cindy Barks, Daily Courier)
Since the start, Save the Dells has been committed to amplifying community voices and ensuring that the concerns, values, and wishes of the public are heard and considered in the decision-making processes that impact us all.

Over the past five years we've accomplished this through many avenues, most notably by:
  • circulating our petition and resolution, which garnered more than 5,000 signatures,
  • speaking out about issues and public concerns at City Council meetings and other public venues,
  • educating the public on upcoming election issues and candidates,
  • endorsing winning candidates that align with Save the Dells values and are receptive to the concerns of Prescott area citizens, and
  • providing commentary and encouraging public engagement with important community issues as they arise on a local and regional level.

What do these things have in common? They're all activities that are illegal or limited for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to promote, finance, or carry out!

There are many local groups with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status whose work benefits our community in important ways. However, these groups are limited in their ability to engage with community issues in a political way and often cannot publicly provide critique or insights to issues that voters could address through electoral and policy changes.

When local leadership makes decisions that are controversial or lack transparency, and accountability is needed in order to truly serve in the interest of the common good, who can step up? When there are structural changes needed to address long-standing or recurring problems, who can shine a light on these and call for recourse?

Political Action Committees (PACs) can.

This unique work is what you support when donating to PACs like Save the Dells. These contributions may not be tax-deductible like those to 501(c)(3) nonprofits, but the dividends of these community investments are returned tenfold by victories that last a lifetime. Whether it's the permanent protection of natural spaces we love, a more sustainable management policy for our water resources, a shift in city council toward a culture that prioritizes community values-- your support of these efforts is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
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