Nonprofit News: Updates from Northern Colorado Nonprofits

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Celebrate gratitude

You are invited to join us for Celebrating Gratitude, a community-wide letter-writing campaign desiged to show our deepest gratitude for those who have served our country to secure our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 

The Celebrating Gratitude Committee of northern Colorado will distribute the letters to verterans who attend Welcome Home: A Solute to Our Vietnam War Veterans events, May 24-29, 2017, at the Veterans Plaza in Fort Collins. Welcome Home celebrates the service and accomplishments of Vietnam War era veterans, both living and deceased, and honors their sacrifices given for our country, its citizens, and each other. 25,000-40,000 people are expected to participate. 

If you would like to write a letter to a veteran, please include the following elements in your letter: 1) A genera greeting, like "Dear Veteran," 2) what veterans have done to make a difference, and (3) the benefits their efforts provided to you. Please mail or deliver letters by May 19,2017, to Veterans Compass, P.O. Box 1, Fort Collins, CO 80522. Individuals, businesses, schools, and other organizations are encouraged to partcipate. 

For more information, contact Mary Zenzen, Updated 4/12/17

Be The Gift Incorporated

Be the Gift is a community wide organization that provides home repair for Widows, Single Mom home owners and their children at no cost, to give them a safer, healthier and a more functioning home in which to raise their children. Combined with care and compassion, our goal is to raise their quality of life. Single mom’s struggle to make hard decisions on a regular basis about paying for necessities like food, clothing, child care, health care and transportation. Be the Gift will provide at no charge a gift of home repair to single mom home owners and their children. We use a blend of professionals and volunteers who completely donate their time. Be the Gift completed 64 projects last year and currently have a waiting list of 17 projects that have been assessed with managers scheduled and volunteers placed. Be the Gift is seeking funding to purchase materials, supplies, equipment and related costs to initiate and complete home repair for Single Mom Families.

For more information, please contact Chris Johnson at 970-691-8777 or Read on... Added on 4/10/17


Honoring ever moment of life, Pathways provides compassionate, excellent, comprehensive community care in Larimer and Weld Counties for those who have an advanced medical condition, serious illness, and those who are grieving. The Pathways Children's Healing Garden will be used in collaboration with Hopeful Hearts and the Alliance for Suicide Prevention to give more than 600 children a safe area for navigating the grieving process. The interactive garden will feature several unique aspects, such as an oversized "bird's nest" with an "eggs" seating area for one-on-one counseling, outdoor seating for group therapy, various paths and crossings of different textures for interaction in narrative play therapy, a memory garden, sand play area, steps for moving between tiers, shade structures and trees, a mandala area for art therapy and many more.

For more information, please contact Marsha Sesskin at or 970-292-1068. Read on... Added on 3/21/17

Alternatives to violence, Inc. (ATV)

Alternatives to Violence (ATV) is a non-profit organization that aims to educate and empower victims and the community to break the cycle of violence through a holistic approach meeting the multidimensional needs of victims and their families. ATV serves the victims and families of all violent crimes such as domestic violence, physical and/or sexual assault, child and elder abuse, incest, bias/hate crimes, human trafficking, stalking, harassment, and restraining order violations with advocacy, counseling, and emergency shelter. Because all services are provided at no cost to its clients, general operating expenses are always welcome and will be used to continue these essential services.

For more information, please contact Glenda Shayne at or 970-669-5150 ext. 105. Read on.... Added on 3/31/17

The Growing Project

The Growing Project (TGP) was formed to address the issue of food insecurity in Fort Collins, Colorado, through programming focused on hands-on education, food production, and food distribution.  

Given its focus on working with low-income families and at-risk youth, TGP is inspired to install community gardens, create experiential youth and adult programming, and produce and donate thousands of pounds of healthy food annually. The Growing Project is seeking funding for the development and implementation of the Young Farmers Training Program (YFTP).  YFTP provides part-time summer and after school jobs and hands-on educational opportunities for at-risk/disadvantaged teens ages 14-17 at The Growing Project’s one acre educational garden.

For more information, please contact Dana Guber at 303-517-4031 or Read on... posted 2/23/17


Free Our Girls

Free Our Girls provides human trafficking awareness, prevention, and response programs both locally and nationwide. Free Our Girls is seeking partnerships within their community to provide direct services to youth and women exiting situations involving domestic sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Direct services they provide include intervention, mentorship and advocacy, a paid 12-month job training program, support groups for survivors, and a statewide housing network. Free Our Girls is a survivor-founded and led organization that actively partners with agencies and organizations across the state of Colorado and serves over 1,300 currently trafficked and exploited women across the nation. For more information, please contact Megan Lundstrom at or 303-621-4269. Read on... Added on 01/17/17

Chase the Music

Chase the Music helps children who are battling critical conditions by having original music composed and performed for them. They are based in Lyons, but have actively been delivering programs throughout Colorado. In 2017, Chase the Music will be expanding programs to other states, and outside of the US. Chase the Music is seeking funding for their original music programs. For more information, please contact Clark Hodge at or (303) 859-3321. Read on... Added on 01/17/17

The Nappie Project - A Diaper Bank

The Nappie Project is dedicated to ensuring that children in Loveland and the surrounding community have an adequate supply of diapers to remain clean, dry, and healthy.  Unfortunately, government programs such as Medicaid and food stamps do not cover diapers, putting a huge strain on low income families that sometimes have to make a choice between food and diapers. For one child, a family will spend $70-$80/month on diapers; low income families don't have spare funds to buy diapers in bulk, which are cheaper than diapers in small packs. The Nappie Project is the only diaper bank in Northern Colorado addressing this serious problem and in 2016 distributed over 60,000 diapers to partner non-profit agencies such as the Food Bank, Matthew's House, etc. The Nappie Project is seeking funding for a warehouse space to grow their organization and help meeting the huge need for diapers in Larimer County. For more information, please contact Jane Muhlenbruch-Yee at or 970-667-8144. Read on... Added on  01/04/17

Zonta Club of Fort Collins Foundation

Zonta International empowers women worldwide through service and advocacy and envisions a world in which women's rights are recognized and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. The organization provides scholarships for single mothers and high school and college-aged young women, makes birthing kits to support health clinics in Uganda, provides community education events to increase awareness of violence against women, and more. The organization is seeking sponsorship for the historic public art exhibit, 'Her Legacy: Women of Fort Collins,' that it has been approved to create and permanently display in Old Town, Fort Collins. The exhibit recognizes 48 women who have helped create the fabric of Fort Collins and introduces these women's accomplishments to inspire others to follow their passions and make a difference. For more information, please contact Patti Smith at or 970-988-8529. Read on... Added on 01/04/17

Junior Achievement - Rocky Mountain, Inc.

Junior Achievement (JA) is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire young people to succeed in a global economy. JA accomplishes this work by partnering with business volunteers to implement programs that teach K-12 students to be workforce ready, entrepreneurial and financially literate. All of JA's programs are provided at no cost to schools, so it counts on financial support from the business community, private and community foundations, special events, and individuals. All money raised is utilized locally to provide work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurial programs to K-12 students throughout the year. For more information,please contact Elizabeth Winn at or 970-490-1035. Read on... Added on  01/04/17

Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County's (BGCLC) mission is to enable all young people, especially those in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  It is a positive mission that is met with life-changing programs and a caring dedicated staff. BGCLC serves over 3,200 youth each year at their four clubs in Wellington, Loveland, and Fort Collins, as well as their summer program in Estes Park. Since 1986, the BGCLC has helped to provide a Great Future for every young person who enters our doors. Throughout the year, they are given the gift of amazing kids who come into their Club every day and share their stories of determination, triumph, and perseverance.  Join in this holiday season and help Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County Give the Gift of a Great Future to the kids in our community. Without safe havens like Boys & Girls Clubs, the over 3,200 youth they serve each year have fewer opportunities to receive positive guidance and support. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County helps shape the futures of thousands of our county’s youth. YOU can help. This holiday season, join them in changing the world by giving the Gift of a Great Future! For more inforamtion, please contact Jenna Riedi at or 970-372-4270. Read on... Added 12/06/16

Partners Mentoring Youth

Partners Mentoring Youth focuses on providing the best possible services for youth by offering research-based programs that follow the best practices in youth mentoring. Through mentoring programs, Partners Mentoring Youth serves hundreds of youth in Larimer and Northern Weld counties. Partners Mentoring Youth is seeking funding to support the $1,500 cost, which serves one youth in their program for one year. This investment pays off many times over in the benefits program participants experience, including increased confidence, academic performance, social skills, and hope for the future. For more information, please contact Kyle Lutteroty at or 970-378-6501. Read on... Added 11/29/16

Pretty Brainy

Pretty Brainy empowers girls to gain STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art, and math—so they are equipped to develop their abilities and genius to positively impact their communities and world. Pretty Brainy is seeking funding from social investors who would place their dollars in a forward-thinking nonprofit that is achieving results and doing social good. Pretty Brainy is also seeking funding to meet their objectives of growing the number of girls they serve by expanding their capacity to serve them and honoring their vision of empowering 2 million girls, by 2025. Girls who gain STEAM through Pretty Brainy are becoming a force for innovation and growth. For more information, please contact Heidi Olinger at or 720-203-1749. Read on... Added 11/29/16