Mansion group going nonprofit

Bidwell Mansion Community Project links with North Valley Community Foundation

The Bidwell Mansion Community Project, in its efforts to save the famed manor on The Esplanade, is filing for nonprofit status. BMCP formed last November as an ad-hoc committee established to raise funds to keep Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park alive in the face of state budgetary cuts.

According to a press release, the group has raised more than $140,000 through a fund operated by the North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF). The group will file papers of incorporation with the Secretary of State’s Office and then hold a meeting to make it official.

“We expect to be in a position to execute a contract with State Parks within the next week or two,” said Nancy Overton, who chairs the BMCP Steering Committee.

The NVCF will maintain the fund and pay State Parks as directed by the BMCP under the terms of the donor agreement with the state.