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 A Great Start To A Great Year


At the 2017 Annual Celebration of Philanthropy, our keynote speaker is Erik Weihenmayer, founder of No Barriers and an accomplished and celebrated athlete.  Erik has summited all seven peaks of the world, and was the first person, who is blind, to summit Mt. Everest.  His accomplishments and adventures inspire us all to remember that anything is possible. ACOP is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate philanthropic efforts in our community, and we are sure this will be an inspirational evening for everyone. Click here to view a video of Erik. 

For sponsorship opportunities and table registration click here.  Individual tickets go on sale April 1st.

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 Local Nonprofits In The News  

Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center 

The Colorado Nonprofit Association hosted Colorado Nonprofit Week March 5-11, which is a statewide celebration of Colorado nonprofits and their positive impact on our wonderful state.  Mary Beth Swanson, Executive Director of Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center, was awarded the William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities. Congratulations, Mary Beth!

Voices Carry works with children in Larimer County dealing with sexual or severe physical abuse. In Larimer County, over 300 children received services in 2015. The professionally trained staff of Voices Carry work with children in a way that promotes comfort and honesty, increasing the likelihood of accountability and protection.

Mary Beth loves the work she does because, “Every day, children walk through our doors, scared and hurt. They are quickly met with kindness and compassion, skill and expertise, by our advocates and forensic interviewers, and the opportunity to have their voices heard.” To find out how you can join Voices Carry in fighting against child abuse, visit

Glen Haven Flood Relief, Inc.  

In the 2013 flood, the 200-person town of Glen Haven was nearly destroyed with only four of its twelve downtown buildings left standing. The Glen Haven community has come a long way since 2013, however they have missed having a meeting place.

The land on which the Town Hall once stood cannot be used to rebuild a new structure due to the flood plain.

Glen Haven Flood Relief, Inc. has purchased a plot of land and is still in need of donations to “raise the roof” of their new building. A new town hall will provide a place for the small community to host weddings, graduations, town hall meetings, and other community gatherings. The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado is proud to support this effort with a $10,000 grant.

Glen Haven Flood Relief, Inc. plans to break ground in April and host their first town hall meeting in August. If you are interested in learning more or would like to help rebuild this beautiful Northern Colorado community, visit   

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Communication Is Key In Donor Retention: W.O.L.F. & The Matthews House 

This year Colorado Gives Day raised $1.4 million for Larimer County nonprofits! To emphasize the importance of donor stewardship we encourage local nonprofits to apply for Donor Engagement Awards, and this year we are proud to award $2,000 each to The Matthews House and W.O.L.F. Sanctuary, to honor their strategic work around donor retention.

After speaking with each organization, we identified a common thread in their donor engagement strategies: strategic communication. According to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, in 2016 the number of donors nationwide increased but donor retention decreased. This statement suggests that the donor pool is shrinking, and nonprofits today must keep new and existing donors coming back year after year.

Carole Mahoney, Development Director for W.O.L.F. Sanctuary, reflected “setting their goal higher than they imagined and communicating regularly is essential.” W.O.L.F. used their Facebook following of over 250,000 people to communicate “personal, yet intentional messages throughout the campaign” and received donations from over 600 donors. Carole told us “donors must know they are a part of the work. They are not just giving, but they are actually a part of the solution.” 

 At the Matthews House, the work is different but the donor retention strategy is parallel. Mary Ericson, Director of Development, has recognized that the more they plan, the better. By planning ahead, their staff was able to focus on implementing more personal communication touch points with donors. They also created videos to engage their community and donors throughout Colorado Gives Day.

Mary stated “have a well communicated plan to make sure appropriate recognition is given.” Mary mentioned that many nonprofits operate on a tight budget and communications is one of the first areas that suffer. “A concerted communications effort has led us to be increasingly intentional and is producing tangible results.”

We are encouraged by the innovative strategies implemented by nonprofits here in northern Colorado. Both The Matthews House and W.O.L.F. are looking forward to Colorado Gives Day 2017 and are already expanding their plan to attract and retain donors. If your nonprofit would like to participate in Colorado Gives Day 2017, please view eligibility and timing requirements here.

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 The Foundation Awarded Over $250,000 In Scholarships To Local Students! 

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Foundation is able to offer college scholarships to northern Colorado students. In 2016, we proudly awarded over $250,000 in scholarships. We are thrilled to see even more applicants and scholarships in 2017!

The 2017 scholarship process closed on February 15, and we received  over 260 applications from around the region! These scholarships provide tangible investment into the future of northern Colorado and the lives of our future leaders.

The Foundation’s scholarships serve a variety of students and opportunities, each one determined by the founding donor’s intent. One scholarships, the Fort Collins Alumni Scholarship Fund, is awarded to a Fort Collins High School senior ranking in the top third of their class. Another, the Ruth Henderson Memorial Scholarship, provides three awards to students in northeastern Colorado.

As northern Colorado continues to develop and grow, it is vital to invest in our young people.  It is a joy to see our donors’ scholarship funds provide the gift of education to students who might not have had the opportunity to pursue higher education, otherwise.

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