Steamboat Springs 4th grade class kicks off $25,000 Matching Challenge to Support the efforts of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Matching Challenge Begins on Tuesday, June 2nd at 11 AM

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation announces a $25,000 matching challenge for the Yampa Valley COVID-19 Emergency Fund. An anonymous donor has offered to match the next $25,000 in donations so that each dollar you give beginning on at 11 AM on Tuesday, June 2nd is doubled automatically.

Coincidentally, the Strawberry Park Elementary School 4th grade class held a parade to present YVCF with a donation of $4,000, which will automatically be doubled through the challenge, resulting in an $8,000 donation to the fund. With the guidance of their teachers, the 4th graders recently participated in their annual fundraising to benefit Kiva – a nonprofit that provides crowdfunding loans for unbanked people around the world. This year, an anonymous donor offered to match the funds that were raised for the Kiva program, and the 4th graders decided to take the matching funds and distribute them to local organizations benefiting those in our community who have been impacted by the COVID19 crisis. After identifying different nonprofits and opportunities, the students met with a representative from each and learned about how their donation could make an impact. Ultimately, they decided to make donations to the YVCF COVID19 Response Fund, LiftUp of Routt County and Snow Bowl.

Their enthusiasm and excitement in presenting the donation to the YVCF staff was infectious and there were smiles all around. The students were excited to have the opportunity to give back in this way, while they learned a lot about charitable giving at the same time. As a community and an organization, we were proud and grateful to be part of this process, to have the opportunity to help educate our next generation on the power of philanthropy, and very appreciative of the incredibly generous donation that they made to the fund.

Any amount donated to the COVID19 Response Fund is appreciated and no gift is too small, especially considering that starting today, for every dollar donated up to the next $21,000 raised, those dollars will be matched, effectively doubling the donation and the power of those dollars to go to work in our communities.

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 in Northwest Colorado.

The fund has already raised $320,000 and awarded $180,000.  Grants from the fund support organizations that have deep roots and experience in serving our neighbors most impacted by the health and economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis: with limited English language proficiency, chronic health conditions, mobility impairments, and the young and aging populations of our community. You can view a list of grant recipients here 

Your generosity had made a difference in helping to meet the critical needs of our community members including housing, food, and medical needs. We are now granting towards recovery efforts to ensure our community will be strong tomorrow. All donations to the Yampa Valley COVID-19 Response Fund are considered a charitable contribution.

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 medical 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 resources quickly and to adapt to the community’s evolving needs.

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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.