Together we can do this!

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation announces a $15,000 matching challenge for the Yampa Valley COVID-19 Emergency Fund. A generous donor has offered to match the next $15,000 in donations so that each dollar you give right now is doubled automatically. Any amount donated is appreciated and no gift is too small. There are no administrative fees associated with this fund; 100% of each dollar donated is directed to hardworking community nonprofits meeting the needs of the most vulnerable populations of Routt and Moffat Counties.

Grants from the fund will deploy quickly to organizations that have deep roots and experience in serving our neighbors most impacted by the health and economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis: those without health insurance/access to sick days, with limited English language proficiency, chronic health conditions, mobility impairments, and the young and aging populations of our community. Your generosity makes a difference in helping to meet critical needs of our community members including housing, food, and medical needs. All donations to the Yampa Valley COVID-19 Response Fund are considered a charitable contribution. Take advantage of the new CARES Act’s one time “above-the-line” deduction for cash contributions of up $300 made in 2020, to be taken on next year’s tax filing. All taxpayers are eligible for this deduction, a critical acknowledgement by Congress that nonprofits need an infusion of financial resources to maintain and expand service to meet growing community needs at this time.

The Yampa Valley COVID-19 Response Fund was created by a coalition of philanthropic, government, and community partners to expand our local capacity to address the local health and economic impacts of this outbreak. It is designed to complement the work of public health officials. The first phase of rapid-response grants will address the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations, the increased demand for medial information and support, and the fear and confusion about the outbreak among our most vulnerable residents. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resource quickly and to adapt to the community’s evolving needs.

General questions & inquiries about the Fund can be directed to Helen Beall, Community Impact Manager at helen@yvcf.org. Interested donors and partners, please contact Traci Hiatt, Donor Engagement Manager at traci@yvcf.org