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Record distributions benefit local community and beyond
Announcing Suzanne Peterson as new Chair of Trustees
Attention nonprofits: Competitive grant cycle closes July 21
Seeking aspiring Water Literate Leaders
Farewell to Mary McCambridge
Breaking Good News NoCo

Record distributions benefit local community
and beyond

Sky Corral Ranch now open to public, Poudre River Whitewater Park under way and Colorado’s Hurricane Recovery Fund dollars distributed

Thanks to the generosity and collaborative efforts of numerous individuals and organizations, the Foundation recently announced that Sky Corral Ranch is now open to serve the region. The Foundation’s transfer of this $2.45 million facility to a an independent, nonprofit organization accounts for just a portion of the more than $12 million the Foundation distributed in grants and programs to charitable causes over the past 12 months — a record and a $4.2 million increase from the previous year.

Sky Corral Ranch, located on Old Flowers Road in Stove Prairie, invites nonprofit organizations, youth groups, corporate retreats, families, and organizations of all kinds to take advantage of this wonderful 105-acre facility adjacent to thousands of acres of Roosevelt National Forest. Sky Corral Ranch provides a tranquil setting to foster personal and organizational growth for day use (up to 100 people), or overnight stays (15-33 people). Groups will have exclusive use of the entire facility during their stay.    

Donated to the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado by the Bill and Avis Ward family in 2015, Sky Corral Ranch has since benefited from $1.2 million in improvements funded by the Foundation.

To ensure the future of Sky Corral Ranch, the Foundation’s Enander Family Foundation Fund, which honors the legacy of Aqua-Hot Heating Systems founder Hap Enander (the first corporation ever gifted in its entirety to the Community Foundation), provided a $1 million operating endowment.  The City of Greeley donated water rights for the property, and numerous donors have helped make the vision of a regional gathering place a reality.    

“The role of the Community Foundation has been to serve as a catalyst for the project,” said Ray Caraway, CEO and president. “The Foundation’s relationship with hundreds of donors, many of whom have Donor Advised funds, places this organization in a unique position to bring resources and expertise together.”

Additionally, the Community Foundation recently finished distributing all monies donated to Colorado’s Hurricane Recovery Fund. During the fall of 2017, more than 1,000 Coloradoans collectively donated $1,111,805 to support U.S. communities and territories impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. This amount includes $553,660 from Bohemian Foundation that was issued as a dollar-for-dollar match to encourage residents throughout the state to generously support those in need. Organizations in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands were among those to receive recovery funding for intermediate and long-term needs including home repair, health care, disaster recovery counseling, case management, and legal services. To view a list of donations from Colorado’s Hurricane Recovery Fund, visit NoCoFoundation.org/hurricane.

Through its Poudre Whitewater Park Fund, the Foundation provided $1.2 million to support a community recreation area to be located just north of Old Town. This project was generously supported by other Foundation funds and donors, including a $1 million grant from the Jack and Ginger Graham Family Fund. Kayakers, tubers, and visitors of all ages will be able to enjoy the Poudre River due to the hard work of volunteer fundraisers and the generosity of Community Foundation donors.

NOTE: This article includes pre-audit financial reporting.


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Welcome, incoming board chair Suzanne Peterson; Thank you, immediate past chair Doug Hutchinson!

We offer sincere gratitude for the many gifts Doug Hutchinson shared with us during his term as board chair and during his six years of board service.  Doug’s long history with, and insight into, Northern Colorado was invaluable.

This year, the torch has been passed to Suzanne Peterson, who has served as a trustee since 2013 and is the co-chair of the Community Foundation’s Loveland Generations committee.

“I am very honored to be chair of the Board of Trustees," Suzanne said.  “By combining the extraordinary skill set of the Foundation staff and our exceptional group of Board members – who so freely share their talents and ideas – we have many exciting opportunities to enhance the communities we serve.”

Suzanne and her husband, Andy Peterson, concentrate their philanthropic efforts towards educational opportunities for underprivileged youth, primarily in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) arena. 

Welcome, Suzanne!

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Attention nonprofits: apply for grants by July 21

We invite charitable organizations serving the residents of Berthoud, the Estes Valley, or Loveland to submit a grant application to be considered by one of our grantmaking committees. The application submission deadline is Saturday, July 21. Grant awards are usually made by early November. Visit our “Apply for a Grant” page for more information, and contact our team at DonorServices@NoCoFoundation.org or (970) 488-1978 with any questions.


seeking aspiring Water Literate Leaders

The Colorado Water Institute, in cooperation with Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, operates a non-partisan Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado program. Modeled after highly successful programs such as Leadership Northern Colorado, this program is for those who hold or aspire to political office, or other roles, including boards and commissions, which can impact regional water policy. 

The application process for the 2018-2019 class is available here. Applications are due July 20, and participants will be chosen August 15. 

For more information, click here or contact MaryLou.Smith@colostate.edu

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Farewell to Mary McCambridge

We bid a fond farewell to Mary McCambridge, who has passionately served as our Loveland Community Relations Coordinator for the past two years. We'll miss Mary's smile and contagious positive attitude. Please join us in wishing Mary an enjoyable retirement.




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In recent news:

Food Bank for Larimer County opens new Loveland HQ and warehouse. Read more
Homeless Gear changes name to Homeward Alliance. Read more
Light of the Rockies Christian Counseling Center moves to new SE Ft. Collins digs. Read more
Finally Home Foundation celebrates 10th Anniversary. Read more
Dance, draw, and drum camp at Wildfire Arts Center. Read more

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