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 Year in Review 

In December 2016, the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado crossed the $100 million milestone – a wonderful testimony to the generosity of our donors and the love they have for their communities.  As the Foundation has grown, it has become increasingly better equipped to provide community leadership, and three initiatives have been our focus during 2016. 

Sky Corral Ranch
The Foundation recently received the gift of a beautiful ranch 45 minutes west of Fort Collins. We are in the process of revitalizing the property to create a sustainable and impactful community asset that will enrich the lives of youth and families as a conference and retreat center open to area nonprofits, schools and churches. More news on this facility will be coming soon. 

Eastern Colorado Community Fund
Although we have primarily served donors and nonprofits located in Northern Colorado, we have seen an increased demand for our services throughout the state. The Eastern Colorado Community Fund was established last December, and since then we have seen a vision begin to take shape. John Chapdelaine, director of the Eastern Colorado Community Fund, will work with families and organizations to maintain and reinvest wealth in each unique community on the Eastern Plains.

Regional Leadership Initiative
We continue to partner with the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County on a Regional Leadership Initiative, bringing together city managers and elected officials to examine opportunities for regional cooperation.  This group of leaders is looking ahead to the year 2050 and working together to ensure that our region is prepared for the challenges it is sure to face. The initiatives we are involved in will change from year to year, but serving our donors and carrying out their charitable wishes will always be the central role of the Community Foundation. Thanks to all the donors, board members and committee members – past and present – who made 2016 another wonderful year!   

Ray Caraway

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 You're Invited: Investment Performance Briefing  

Fund advisors, nonprofit representatives, and members of our board and committees are invited to join us on February 15th from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. at the Agave Room for the 2017 Endowment Briefing. Attendees will benefit from this discussion on fund investment performance led by Kurt Spieler and Marga Spangler from First National Wealth Management.

We are also pleased to welcome keynote speaker Bill Lively, whose extensive fundraising experience includes serving as the Senior Vice President of Development for the National Geographic Society and President and CEO of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee.

More information about the event and presenters is available on our website. Contact Ella with questions.

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 Colorado Gives Day Recap: Over $1.4 Million Raised for Larimer County Nonprofits 

Thank you to all who participated in Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, Dec. 6, a 24-hour giving event designed to inspire and unite Coloradoans to support local nonprofits through online giving. Together we raised $1,491,344 for the 159 participating Larimer County nonprofits, a number that will continue to rise thanks to the $1 million incentive fund provided by Community First Foundation and First Bank as well as prizes funded by Northern Colorado sponsors Bohemian Foundation. Colorado demonstrated its philanthropic spirit as a whole and raised a total of $28.4 million (preliminary number) statewide for 1,884 nonprofits

Participating Colorado Gives Day nonprofits in Larimer County have one last opportunity to receive additional funds. Through the Donor Engagement Award two $2,000 prizes are available to those organizations that share their innovative ideas and sustaining strategies for donor retention and engagement post-Colorado Gives Day. 
The online application is brief and can be completed until Thursday, January 26. The recipients will be announced in the Community Foundation’s February eNewsletter where they will share their best practices. This presentation by Community First Foundation that covers retention fundraising and strategies may be helpful in completing the application. Contact Ella with any questions.

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 Community Foundation Scholarship Application Closes Feb. 15 

Students have until February 15 to complete the Foundation’s scholarship application. The general application is brief; students are then matched with the scholarships for which they qualify and can complete any supplemental information required. 

Visit our website for more information about specific awards or to apply. Contact our team with questions.

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 Pharos Fund Opportunity through Bohemian Foundation Now Open 

Eligible 501(c)(3) organizations and can apply for awards of up to $30,000 through Bohemian Foundation. For more information or to apply, visit Bohemian Foundation’s website

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 Fund Highlight: Ida J. Murphy and Russel O. Allen Fund for Children 

The Ida J. Murphy and Russel O. Allen Fund for Children was established at the Community Foundation in 1999 to provide for the medical, psychiatric, and psychological health care needs of children under six years old. This fund was opened with a gift of $781,666, and since its inception, has distributed $615,000 to local nonprofit organizations including La Familia / The Family Center, Respite Care, Foothills Gateway, SummitStone Health Partners, and the Children’s Speech and Reading Center.
In accordance with the fund agreement, the Foundation is carrying out the wishes of Mrs. Murphy and Dr. Allen by closing the fund after two decades of life-changing distributions. The grantmaking committee – which includes volunteers who have been a part of that group since the fund was established --- has decided to distribute the final grants in a manner that will allow Ida and Russel’s legacy to keep on giving. 

Four local nonprofits – all previous grant recipients -- have been selected to benefit from matching grants totaling $500,000 to grow their endowments, and the fund will distribute an additional $165,000 in gifts to organizations supporting the health care needs of young children. In turn, those nonprofit endowment funds, which are managed by the Community Foundation, will have an impact on our region in perpetuity. The passion for youth shared by Ida and Russel has truly become a gift that will never stop giving. 

 2017 Annual Celebration of Philanthropy 

Please save the date for the 2017 Annual Celebration of Philanthropy, to be held on Thursday, May 11 from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Loveland; more information is available here.

Thank you to First National Bank, First Western Trust, and EKS&H who have committed to be our Presenting Sponsor, Community Legacy Sponsor, and Leadership Sponsor, respectively, for the 2017 Annual Celebration of Philanthropy.

Join these generous businesses as a sponsor of the Annual Celebration of Philanthropy! Contact our events team or visit for more information about sponsorships. 

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 Causes You Care About 

The Community Foundation stays in close communication with charitable agencies in our region to strategically connect donors with the causes they care about most. The "News from Nonprofits" page of our website features funding needs and program announcements from local agencies. 

Click here to learn about Free Our Girls, Chase the Music, The Nappie Project - A Diaper Bank, Zonta Club of Fort Collins, Junior Achievement - Rocky Mountain, Inc. and more.

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 Contact Your Community Foundation Staff 

The Community Foundation provides a trusted, local platform that enables people to give more effectively and to think strategically and creatively about the future of our community.

Click here to learn more about our staff and the ways we can help you achieve your charitable goals. 

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