April 2017 Enewsletter

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 Sky Corral Ranch Open House: Barbeque and Hayrides on April 22  

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Join us on Saturday, April 22 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm for an open house at Northern Colorado’s community ranch and retreat center, Sky Corral Ranch. We invite you to join us for an exciting afternoon of hayrides, outdoor activities and a barbeque at the premier location for Northern Colorado community events. Families and children are welcome, RSVP by clicking here.

Sky Corral Ranch was donated to the Community Foundation Trust in 2015. We recently completed renovation of the Recreation Center, which serves as the primary classroom and learning place for conferences and retreats. Efforts are underway to remove sediment and debris from the lake, which will soon be stocked for fishing and used for paddle sports. Renovations to the main lodge will begin this summer.

We are currently accepting reservations for day-use events and will be fully operational for overnight use in the spring of 2018. If you are interested in reserving Sky Corral Ranch for your next event, conference, or retreat, please contact our Sky Corral Ranch Director, Andy Kasanicky, at andy@nocofoundation.org or 970-631-7556.

The Community Foundation is halfway to its goal of investing $1.2 million in capital improvements to the property. There is currently a 1:1 matching challenge grant of $150,000. If you are interested in contributing to the completion of Sky Corral Ranch, please contact Rob Panos  at the Foundation.

We look forward to seeing you April 22!

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 Honoring Gene Markley  

gene markleyThe Community Foundation family lost a beloved friend when Gene Markley passed away on March 13.

Gene received the Founders Award at our 2007 Annual Celebration of Philanthropy in recognition of his leadership in the Northern Colorado community and his philanthropic spirit.

Gene’s passion for giving back to his community was carried out in many ways, including through the Donor Advised fund that he and his wife, Pat, created more than 25 years ago. His children, as advisors of the fund, will carry out his legacy by making grants to charitable projects that align with his philosophy for giving. We extend our deepest sympathies to the entire Markley family.

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 Individual Tickets for Annual Celebration Now Available  

The Annual Celebration of Philanthropy is just 26 days away and individual registration is open. This year, we will present the Founders Award, the 2017 Community Legacy Award, and hear from the only man who is blind to summit Mt. Everest, Erik Weihenmeyer.

Please register your guests at your earliest convenience. If you have questions about registration, please contact Catharine Fallin at 970-488-1977.


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 Celebrating Gratitude: Making the Connection Between the Gift of Freedom and Those Who Worked to Provide it  

celebrating gratitudePlease join us for Celebrating Gratitude, a community-wide letter-writing campaign designed to show our deepest gratitude for those who served our country to secure our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The Celebrating Gratitude Committee of Northern Colorado will distribute the letters to veterans who attend Welcome Home: A Salute to Our Vietnam War Veterans events, May 24-29, at the Veterans Plaza in Fort Collins. Welcome Home celebrates the service and accomplishments of Vietnam War era veterans, both living and deceased, and honors their sacrifices given for our country, its citizens, and each other. Approximately 25,000 – 40,000 people are expected to participate in the Welcome Home events.

If you would like to write a letter to a veteran, please visit the event page for further details or contact Mary Zenzen, mary@betterworldorganizations.com.

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 The Poudre Runs Through It  

As Northern Colorado continues to grow, effectively managing our water resources is more important than ever. The Poudre Runs Through It is a regional coalition made up of 25 individuals representing Northern Colorado. This group works closely with the CSU Water Center to collaborate on initiatives that positively influence water resources in Northern Colorado.

On Wednesday, April 26, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, the CSU Water Center will host a science-based discussion regarding the Poudre River’s ecological health in relation to proposed water management initiatives. Visit the event page to learn about the sustainability and science behind the Poudre River and various water supply initiatives for Northern Colorado. 

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 Gardens on Spring Creek Capital Projects Move Forward  

The Community Foundation recently distributed $1,525,000 to the City of Fort Collins to support capital projects underway at the Gardens on Spring Creek. We are honored to support this community resource and extend our thanks to the many donors who made this distribution possible. Special thanks to Bohemian Foundation and the Woodward Charitable Trust for providing a matching challenge to encourage local giving.

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 Nonprofits: Enroll Now for ColoradoGives Day 2017  

On Colorado Gives Day 2016, over $1.4 million was contributed to 159 participating Larimer County nonprofits.

If your organization hasn't yet participated in ColoradoGives Day and would like to do so, enrollment is open until July 31. The 2017 enrollment period lasts from March 1 – July 31. To see eligibility requirements and to enroll, click here.

To learn more about the Colorado Gives Day effort in Northern Colorado, look at the 2016 Larimer County Snapshot by clicking here

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