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Competitive Grant Cycle Deadline

The Community Foundation supports local nonprofits through its annual competitive grant cycle, which invites charitable organizations serving the residents of Berthoud, the Estes Valley, or Loveland to submit a grant application for consideration by one of our grantmaking committees.

This year’s competitive grant cycle is underway, and the application form is available on our website. The application deadline is Friday, July 21 at 5:00 p.m. Grant awards are usually made by early November. 

Please contact our team at DonorServices@NoCoFoundation.org or (970) 488-1978 with any questions.


Thank You Polly Juneau, Chris Otto, and Cathy Schott

The Community Foundation is grateful for the many years of service provided by three outgoing members of our Board of Trustees.   Polly Juneau, Chris Otto, and Cathy Schott completed their terms with the conclusion of our fiscal year on June 30th.   We are sorry to see them leave the board, but happy they will continue to be a part of the “Community Foundation Family.”  Chris will continue to be involved through the President’s Council,  a collection of former board chairs who provide ongoing leadership and valuable continuity for the Foundation.  Cathy will continue to chair the Fort Collins Community Fund Committee, a committee that distributes discretionary funds in Fort Collins.  And, Polly, Chris and Cathy have all established family funds with the Foundation to  help facilitate their charitable giving.  Thanks to all three for their donation of countless hours and valuable expertise!  


Water Literate Leaders

water literate leaders

Water is emerging as one of the most controversial subjects to be addressed in the 21st century. Water issues are complex, and understanding the nuances is critical for good decision-making. Many who have helped our communities make sound water decisions are nearing retirement age. Northern Colorado needs a new crop of water literate leaders!

The Colorado Water Institute, in cooperation with Community Foundation of Northern Colorado is launching 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. Applications are due on August 1st. For more information and to apply: waterliterateleaders.colostate.edu.



Discovery Museum Undergoes StratOp Process

museum of discovery logoThis year, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (FCMoD) has embarked on a strategic planning journey using the Paterson Center StratOp Model as their guide.  The museum has had tremendous success since opening in 2012, welcoming over 475,000 visitors and students from virtually every elementary school in Northern Colorado. This success is a direct result of the community’s support of the public/private merger of two legacy museums, the successful completion of a capital campaign, the design and build-out of a new facility, and the development of exhibits that capture the essence of FCMoD’s guiding vision of exploration and discovery. 

“It’s now time to take a look into the future and understand what our challenges and opportunities are,” shared Donna Jared, co-Executive Director for FCMoD’s Non Profit Partner.  “The StratOp Model provides a new and exciting way to look at strategic planning, giving us a variety of tools to develop perspective and inform our way forward.  We’re deeply grateful to the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado for supporting this essential activity at an important time in our organization’s development.”

Project Self Sufficiency Delivers Powerful New “Look”

pss self power logoAfter 31 years, the organization has modernized and updated its brand and the result includes a fresh, new logo and relevant messaging around the concept of selfpower.  While the name of the organization and the fabulous work it does continue, how Project Self-Sufficiency talks about their work is changing. Project Self-Sufficiency invites you to join in bringing the power of education to single parents! Visit the organization’s website at its updated url: www.bringthepower.org to learn how!

Pathways Begins Building Children’s Healing Garden

Pathways prides themselves on the legacy of being the oldest and most trusted hospice in Northern Colorado, and the Palliative Care program has grown to see as many patients in a day as hospice can serve.  Specifically, Pathways for Grief and Loss serves a growing number of children and adults dealing with the loss of a loved one and children with life limiting illnesses.  In 2015, they supported 304 children (ages 2-18) in their grief and loss programs, and in 2016 the program served over 650 children.  As this number continues to grow they realized they needed to expand their space to better serve future generations.

The Children’s Healing Garden, being built to the east of the current facility at 305 Carpenter Road in Fort Collins, will help children of all ages access and express their grief through interaction with nature, expressive and creative arts, and by connecting with other children on similar grief journeys. Nature creates a metaphor for the life and death cycle, which can be used to guide therapeutic healing.

The Children’s Healing Garden will be a place to help our community heal, grieve and live. Children and families will have a safe space to remember, reflect, play and express themselves. Please visit the Pathways website to learn more https://pathways-care.org/childrens-healing-garden-capital-campaign/.


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