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Sky Corral opens June 1
Thank you for attending the Celebration of Philanthropy 
Saluting the first graduating class of Water Literate Leaders
Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable
A reminder to our donors
Q&A on Downtown Loveland: a conversation with Phil Farley
Breaking Good News NoCo



Sky Corral Ranch begins new era as community asset

It is with deep gratitude we announce that Sky Corral Ranch — and its tranquil mountain setting west of Fort Collins— will become available as a community resource on June 1.

Bill and Avis Ward generously donated the ranch to the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, and we diligently worked to bring together partners to fund $1 million in improvements. In addition, the Enander Family Foundation Fund (one of our Donor Advised funds) established a $1 million endowment at the Community Foundation to support Sky Corral’s mission in perpetuity. Serving religious and secular communities, the independent 501(c)(3) organization aims to foster personal and organizational growth for all its guests.

  Visit www.skycorral.org to learn more about utilizing this community resource. We encourage nonprofits, schools, churches, youth groups, businesses, etc. to consider exclusive use of this 105-acre facility for their next retreat or gathering. Sky Corral Ranch offers extended overnight stays to groups of 15-33, as well as day-use access for groups.




We enjoyed sharing our annual Celebration of Philanthropy earlier this month with 750 of our friends, who turned out to honor the Wayne and Phyllis Schrader family as recipients of the Community Legacy Award, the Tom and Jean Sutherland family as recipients of the Founders Award, and to learn about some of the Foundation’s projects in 2017.

Keynote Speaker Bruce DeBoskey inspired us all with his insights, and his message that "Philanthropy, done well, is a powerful tool that adds meaning, joy, and purpose to life and enhances business success."

We invite you to take a few minutes to view our 2018 Report to the Community video and the thoughtful interviews with the Schraders and Sutherlands.

We love living in Northern Colorado and celebrating wonderful people and meaningful initiatives. Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this event possible!

Click here to view photos from the event.

saluting the first Graduating Class of Water Literate Leaders

Water is one of the most complex and controversial topics that we need to address in the 21st century. We congratulate the inaugural class of Water Literate Leaders on completing its coursework, and thank members for giving of their time, their energy, and their leadership to help our communities make educated, sound decisions about water.

Join us for Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable

The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and United Way of Larimer County are hosting a planned giving roundtable on June 27, from 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m, at the Community Foundation's office. This event will cover:

1. Deferred gifts
2. Identification of planned giving prospects
3. Gifts from IRA/retirement plans
4. Non-cash gifts/gift policies

Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable is convening planned giving professionals throughout Colorado through a series of local roundtable discussions. Each site is hosted by a local planned giving leader and will feature topic-driven tables led by local professionals who can share important thoughts and information about issues that impact you. Click here to register.


A Reminder to Our Donors

When writing a check to support any of our 500 charitable funds, please make it payable to the Community Foundation and include the name of the fund/program in the check’s Memo field. Donations should be mailed to 4745 Wheaton Dr., Fort Collins, CO, 80525. If you have any questions, please contact our Donor Services team at DonorServices@NoCoFoundation.org.

Q & A on Downtown Loveland:  A conversation with Phil Farley 

As we see Downtown Loveland exploding with new development and rapidly becoming a vibrant city center, it’s hard to believe that 10 years ago there seemed to be little excitement and no clear vision for the historic heart of Loveland.  Thanks to the collaborative efforts of many different individuals and organizations, Downtown Loveland has become a great success story.  The following is a conversation with Phil Farley, a former member of the Loveland City Council, and a former Community Foundation Trustee and staff member.

Tell us about the Community Foundation’s work in the revitalization of Downtown Loveland?

Phil Farley: In starting this journey over 10 years ago, we were able to tap into the expertise of the Urban Land Institute in Washington D.C., working through a Life-Time Trustee, James DeFrancia. The ULI has a long history of advising cities, counties, states, and even countries all over the world to help them better understand the issues, challenges, and solutions that are necessary to meet the needs of their communities. The Community Foundation — with strong leadership from its Loveland Community Fund Committee — organized and sponsored the highly successful event “Destination Downtown” at the La Quinta Event Center 10 years ago in November 2008.

Bill Hudnut, the former Congressman, five-term Mayor of Indianapolis, and a Senior Fellow at the ULI, gave an inspirational and direction-changing talk about the benefits of having a vital downtown. It seemed every Loveland resident had either attended the event or knew someone who had, and the word of his talk spread quickly. Bill had the charisma to make some unforgettable points that resonated with the large crowd and, most importantly, with City Council. One was that, “It is the responsibility of the City to steer the boat while the function of private sector is to row the boat."

Another key statement that resonated with the audience was his advice to “be what you are.” Given that Loveland is defined by the arts, this indirectly led to the creation of the Lofts at the Feed & Grain, funded by the nonprofit Artspace, with significant help from the City, other nonprofits, and the Community Foundation (including support from the Loveland Community Fund).   

What was the catalyst for change?

Phil Farley: The conversation about downtown changed after Bill Hudnut’s presentation, and the Community Foundation played a key role in those discussions. It was at about this time that Troy Peterson, of Flagstone Partners, came to both the City and the Community Foundation with an idea to tear down two non-historical single-story buildings next door to the Rialto Theatre and replace them with a three-story structure that would be jointly owned by the City and private investors.

It was a unique public-private-philanthropic partnership. This resulted in the Rialto Theater Complex, a terrific building with an outstanding privately owned restaurant and a privately owned third-floor office space, with the rest of the space owned by the City to provide much needed space for the Rialto and for public gatherings.   

Before being elected to City Council, I remember standing in front of City Council saying that the Community Foundation would – gulp – commit to raising $700K to fund the public portion of the building – gulp. Thanks to broad, generous community support, the campaign was successful, and the revitalization of downtown started becoming a reality. It seemed that the private and business sectors started to believe that the City and others were willing to invest in the revitalization of our downtown.

The catalyst for downtown has several prongs: the initiative taken by the Community Foundation’s Loveland Community Fund Committee; the appearance by Bill Hudnut with his ULI expertise; the visionary leadership in both the Mayor’s and the City Manager’s offices; and the commitment of the public and business sectors to financially support something.  There were multiple parties involved, each providing indispensable leadership. 

How would you sum up the role the Community Foundation has played?

Phil Farley: The Community Foundation worked to be a thought leader, painting a vibrant picture of the importance of downtown revitalization.  Motivating the City to help “steer the boat” — as Bill Hudnut said — was a sea change for Loveland.  It was crucial for the City to establish a bold vision for downtown, and the Community Foundation played a major role in encouraging that vision.


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