Who we are

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation is primary source for philanthropic resources and education for donors and nonprofit organizations in Northwest Colorado. We promote thoughtful, individualized charitable giving and create endowments that have meaningful impact in the Yampa Valley.

What is a Community Foundation?

Community foundations are tax-exempt public charities serving thousands of people who share a common interest—improving the quality of life within their geographical area. Individuals, families, businesses, and organizations create charitable funds that help their region meet the challenges of changing times. The foundation invests and administers these funds. All community foundations are overseen by a volunteer board of leading citizens and run by professionals with expertise in identifying their community’s needs.

Why invest in a Community Foundation?

There are many reasons to invest in your local community foundation. Community foundations go beyond simply making grants that advance charitable activities. They also identify current and emerging issues, channel resources to address their communities’ needs, and help their regions prepare for the future. YVCF understands the needs of the Yampa Valley.  The staff works closely with local nonprofits to improve community life and recommends where donors can make gifts that will have the most impact.  You will be able to pass your passion on for future generations.

Community Foundation National Standards Compliance

Community Foundation National Standards Compliance Developed in the spirit of accountability, transparency, and continuous self-improvement, the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations are philanthropy’s most rigorous standards—evidence that community foundations seek excellence for their communities and donors. The program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grant making and administration.  Nation Standard has established legal, ethical, effective practices that increase donors’ comfort level when establishing a fund at the Community Foundation.