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Holiday Open House photos are now online

Thank you for attending our 2017 Holiday Open House!  To view festive photos, click here to go to our Facebook photo album.


hurricane recovery by the numbers

Sincere thanks to everyone who supported the people affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. 1,043 gifts were made totaling $549,557.07, of which $548,302.07 was eligible to be matched by Bohemian Foundation. $1,097,859.14 is being donated to nonprofits in the affected regions.


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Congratulations to the High Plains Foundation for topping $1 million in their Endowment Fund

The High Plains Foundation has held its endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado since 2011. The endowment supports its nonprofit High Plains Environmental Center, a 275-acre open space in Loveland. This December, the fund reached $1,000,000! 

Earlier this year High Plains Foundation successfully completed a $1.2 million dollar campaign to build a new visitor center for High Plains Environmental Center located at 2698 Bluestem Willow Drive in the Lakes at Centerra. The HPEC visitor center was funded through a public, private, and philanthropy partnership with significant contributions from the City of Loveland Open Space, McWhinney, and the High Plains Foundation. 

The mission of High Plains Environmental Center is to educate communities to become replicable “living laboratories” which demonstrate restorative examples of land-stewardship, native plants, and wildlife habitat. The High Plains Foundation receives environmental assessment fees from a portion of the McWhinney Centerra development in Loveland.

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Nancy Jackson celebrates retirement after 35 years of service at Disabled Resource Services

The Community Foundation congratulates Nancy Jackson, Executive Director of the Disabled Resource Services, on 35 years of empowering individuals with disabilities. Nancy created a legacy that is an inspiration for continued growth and development as the organization celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018.

“It has been a wonderfully fulfilling career,” said Nancy Jackson. “The varied experiences as executive director has taught me about leadership, management, program development, service delivery and human kindness. DRS is beloved to me because of its dedicated Board members, exceptional staff and remarkable individuals whose lives have been transformed.”  

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Well done, Northern Colorado!

Congratulations to the 170 nonprofits who received over 9,000 donations from our community. Thank you to everyone who contributed to make this the most successful Colorado Gives Day yet!

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Scholarship applications available online

Attention high school seniors and college students! Scholarships are available through the funds established at the Community Foundation. Opportunities range from $1,000 to complete funding of tuition, fees, and room/board. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2018.

Students are invited to complete a brief general application online that will automatically match them to the scholarship awards for which they qualify. Click here for additional information and application.

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Year-End Giving Tips 

The season of giving is upon us. Along with the parties and holiday cheer comes an opportunity to reflect on what we have and where we can give back. This time of year also marks the end of the tax year – the deadline for charitable giving in order to receive a tax deduction. Here are four tips to help make the most of your year-end giving:

1. Talk to your advisor. Contact your financial advisor, CPA, or attorney to learn how a gift could offset your tax liability. Gifts by check must be postmarked by December 31 to be eligible for the tax year. Gifts of stock and real estate should be made as soon as possible to allow time for processing.

2. Evaluate your giftable assets. Some assets are better to donate than others. Giving appreciated stocks or property can help you avoid capital gains taxes. Individuals over age 70 ½ may use the IRA rollover provision to gift their required minimum distribution directly to charity.

3. Consider a donor advised fund. A donor advised fund is a flexible charitable giving account that allows you to receive a tax deduction in the year of the gift, but can be gifted out in the future to any qualified charitable organization. Companies and organizations can also take advantage of donor advised funds.

4. Contact the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado or the Eastern Colorado Community Fund. The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and Eastern Colorado Community Fund (ECCF) are your local resources for charitable giving. We can help you discover local nonprofit organizations, minimize your tax burden, and make strategic charitable decisions this holiday season.


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