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Clearing the air about the Race for Humanity

Guest Column
by Supervisor Marion Ashley
Chairman, Riverside County Board of Supervisors

A great deal of misinformation has been passed around on this website regarding Riverside County’s “Race for Humanity” program. On behalf of the members of the Board of Supervisors I want to set the record straight.

To start I must point out that the Race for Humanity receives full approval from our Board annually. As a matter of policy, all community improvement fund allocations must receive a vote of approval from 4 out of 5 County Supervisors. We are scrupulously careful with the taxpayers’ money.

The mission of the Race for Humanity is to elevate public awareness and private funding for charities dealing with critical issues pertaining to at-risk women and children in Riverside County such as family safety, domestic violence, substance abuse, sexual assault, homelessness, breast cancer, heart disease, education, and autism. We recognize that these issues affect all of our citizens at some level.

From our perspective, keeping the government from creating social programs to address issues like these saves our taxpayers millions; we know that the private sector always costs less than having government workers provide these programs.

The Race for Humanity is a joint venture of public and private partners who come together and contribute to the benefit of deserving non-profit organizations participating in the event.

The Race for Humanity was first incorporated in October 2006 and the first tax return filed in 2007 as a corporation. The IRS approved tax exemption status for the program in March 2007. Non-profit tax returns were filed in 2008 and all subsequent tax turns have been filed appropriately. No penalties have ever been levied by the IRS against the organization.

To-date over twenty-eight charities throughout Riverside County have benefited from the Race for Humanity.

Since its inception, over $400,000 dollars from private supporters along with numerous private sector in-kind donations have been invested in the event. This along with 350 vendors and more than 1,500 volunteers helping, well over 4,500 athletes running or walking in the race have participated.

Pat Dooley, Executive Director of the non-profit Center against Sexual Assault (CASA) and a beneficiary of funds raised from the Race for Humanity asserts, “If it weren’t for the funds from the Race for Humanity, our doors would be closed today.”

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors believes that the Race for Humanity has greatly benefitted our county and especially those most in need, our indigent women and children.

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