Community Foundation launches Hach Center for Regional Engagement
Philanthropic Futurist Trista Harris prognosticates at Hach Center Launch
 Schedule your Colorado Gives Day donation today!

NoCoGives Rally
You're invited: Holiday Open House
Fundholders: End-of-year-giving distribution requests due December 10
End-of-year-giving tips

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Community Foundation Launches Hach Center for Regional Engagement

Community-driven initiatives to help build consensus on regional issues

Over 250 enthusiastic Northern Colorado citizens attended last week's Hach Center launch to learn how they can collaborate and lead visionary community development.

Through its initiatives, events, and partnerships, the Hach Center represents the diverse populations of Larimer and Weld counties. It will help the region bridge the gap between counties and municipalities, and help build consensus on issues – such as water – that require regional solutions.

Great communities are the result of great intentionality. “I believe Northern Colorado is the best place to live in the entire world,” said Ray Caraway, president of the Community Foundation. “Many of the things we love about the area didn’t happen by accident, and each of us is a beneficiary of the dreams, hard work, and the planning of previous generations.”

One of the goals of the Hach Center is to help build the next generation of community leaders by engaging more young people in a nonpartisan manner, welcoming a diversity of voices to regional discussions.

Engaged community members, Bruce and Muriel Hach, honored their commitment to future generations with an endowment that established the Hach Center. “Starting today,” Caraway said, "the Hach Center will be the “permanent resource” for the region as we plan for its future."

Learn more about the Hach Center and how you can become a member:

Click here to view the event's photo gallery.

Philanthropic Futurist Trista Harris Prognosticates at Hach Center Launch

Hach Center keynote inspired attendees to think about the future

Trista Harris, author of “Future Good: How to Use Futurism to Save the World,” outlined three steps to achieving the future that people want:

  1. “Stop loving the problem,” she said. “Stop making the problem the guest of honor at events. Imagine what the world would look like if the problem you have is solved.”
  2. Look for signs that provide hints about the future. “Spend five percent of your time on research and development. What might the future look like. Who is moving toward that future?” 
  3. Go, get started. “Solutions need to be faster to get in front of the future trends. Implement new ideas. Try out ideas. Then share what you learn. You can’t be afraid of failure.”

“We get to decide,” she said. “Do we have a Hunger Games future or a Star Trek future?”

The Hach Center, Caraway projected, will help the region figure out these issues “for the next 100 years.”

Schedule your Colorado Gives Day donation today!

Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 10, is Colorado's largest day of online giving. 

But there is no need to wait: schedule your donation today! Visit and browse the list of this year's participating local nonprofits. Select “Colorado Gives Day” under the donation frequency tab to ensure that the nonprofits you support are eligible for a portion of a $1.5 million incentive fund. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day will receive a portion of the fund, courtesy of the Community First Foundation and FirstBank. Colorado Gives Day has grown to be the state's largest one-day online giving event, raising more than $217 million since it began in 2010. 

Special thanks to sponsors of our marketing efforts in Larimer County:

NoCoGives Rally 
Tuesday, December 10
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado 
4745 Wheaton Drive, Fort Collins

ATTENTION NONPROFITS: The Foundation invites you to help build excitement for Colorado Gives Day in Larimer County. Bring your staff, board members, supporters, and your banners for a nonprofit community-wide photo. Enjoy lunch, followed by a photo session and grant giveaway for two nonprofits ($500 each). Organizations must be present to win!  

PLEASE RSVP: Click here for more information.

You’re Invited: Holiday Open House

Celebrate the season with the Community Foundation Board of Trustees and staff at our Holiday Open House! Enjoy a variety of beverages and festive hors d'oeuvres while mingling with friends, both old and new.

Tuesday, December 10, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, 4745 Wheaton Dr, Fort Collins

Kindly RSVP by Friday, December 6.



Fundholders: End-of-year-giving distribution requests due December 10.

‘Tis the season! Please submit your end-of-year grant recommendations by Tuesday, December 10.

Grant requests received by December 10 will be processed and mailed on or before December 27. Grant requests received after December 10 will take longer than the standard 7-10 business day processing time due to increased grantmaking activity and holiday closures. Click here to submit your grant recommendations online, and please contact our Donor Services team with questions. 

If you would like gifts to be credited to your fund in 2019, please ensure they are delivered or post-marked by December 31.

Thank you for making charitable giving part of your holiday season!

End-of-year-giving tips

With the end of the calendar year also comes the deadline for charitable giving for those who think they want a 2019 tax deduction. Tips: Make the most of your year-end giving by talking to your advisor and evaluating your giftable assets.

Talk to your advisor

Contact your financial advisor, CPA, or attorney to talk about the most strategic ways to use charitable giving to offset your tax liability. One strategic option for minimizing your tax liability is to “bunch” your giving. Consolidate the amount you would typically give to your favorite charities over two or more years and make one gift now, perhaps by creating a Donor Advised Fund. This maximizes your tax benefits and makes giving easy, effective, and enjoyable.

Evaluate your giftable assets

Some assets are better to donate than others. Donating appreciated stocks or property can help you avoid capital gains taxes. Gifts of cash are now deductible up to 60% (up from 50%) of adjusted gross income, and any unused deductions may be carried forward for up to five years. Individuals age 70½ and older may use the IRA rollover provision to gift their required minimum distribution directly to a charity in the form of a non-taxable event. Gifts of life insurance, water rights, real estate, and other non-cash assets provide unique opportunities for charitable giving.

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November 2019


Grand Family Coalition provides supports for grandparents and kin who have taken on the financial responsibility of children affected by the opioid/meth epidemic, abuse, and neglect. The organization provides parenting classes, peer support, and programs that assist in raising children to learn the skills to overcome their adversity.



Northern Colorado Friends of Ferals celebrates helping its 10,000th cat through its monthly Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) clinics. Each month, it spays or neuter over 100 feral cats from our community, ending the cycle of reproduction and improving the lives of feral cats and their feeders.



Fort Collins-based TeachUnited is dedicated to reducing poverty and inequality through education, impacting over 18,500+ students and 200+ educators globally. It is launching a new program supporting rural middle schools across Colorado in 2019-2020 and is partnering with All Points North Foundation and both the Centennial and San Juan BOCES.


ChildSafe awarded for community service

ChildSafe was the recipient of the “Doing Life, Doing Good” Children’s Award for community service from Group Publishing on October 11. It received a check for $1,000 for its work to start the healing for victims of child sexual abuse and to break the cycle of abuse.

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