Stories from the Valley

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YVCF’s Endowment Incentive Program Wraps Up with $101,000 Granted to Nonprofits

With a final grant made in October 2021 - bringing the total to $101,000 given to local nonprofits over 5 years - the Yampa Valley Community Foundation has wrapped up its Nonprofit Endowment Building Incentive Program. The Foundation has long supported nonprofit organizations and, paired with YVCF’s endowment-building tools and training, this partial match initiative was an additional boost of encouragement for creating long-term financial stability.  Nonprofits were encouraged to use YVCF’s Endowment Building Toolkit and work with existing and potential donors to open an endowment or increase their current endowment, with the goal to eventually exceed a fund balance ...
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The Yampa Valley Community Foundation Awards $466,000 to Local Nonprofits

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation (YVCF) recently awarded over $466,000 through its Community Grants Cycle to support Animals, Arts & Culture, Health & Human Services, Education, Recreation, and Environmental organizations in Routt and Moffat Counties. This is an increase of 65% in total dollars over last year’s grant cycle. The annual grant cycle is an opportunity for YVCF to educate itself regarding current needs in the Yampa Valley.  Grant proposals are researched and analyzed by a Grants Committee comprised of 20 community volunteers from Routt and Moffat Counties and YVCF Board of Trustees members. “The success of our Community Grants ...
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This past August 21st, the Steamboat Springs Running Series in partnership with Smartwool organized the Continental Divide Trail Run with over 350 entrants.  The net proceeds raised by the event, $6,700, was donated to support the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund (TMEF). “We were more than happy to be able to partner with the folks at Smartwool to provide this funding to the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund” said Ken Rogers, Steamboat Springs Running Series Director, adding “because so many of our races are on the trails it’s the least we can do to give back to the fund.” The TMEF is ...
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North Routt Community Fund: Now Accepting Applications

The North Routt Community Fund was established at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation for the purpose to benefit North Routt County, Colorado.  Only grant requests for charitable purposes that have a public benefit will be considered. Programs and services that receive funding from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation shall not include any political or religious intentions. Grants up to $4,790 will be considered for funding. Successful grant proposals should:
  • Demonstrate impact in the North Routt County
  • Define the process used to measure impact and evaluate expected results
  • Effectively demonstrate collaboration within the community
  • Exhibit best organizational and financial practices
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“It’s wonderful to see how far a good deed can go. We continue to be filled with gratitude,” Meryl Meranski, Owner, Snow Bowl Steamboat - the 2021 Business Philanthropist of the Year. Meryl Meranski has a big spot in her heart for service work. After graduating from Chapman University in Peace Studies, her life led her down a path of service work that includes working with parents and children in Family Drug Courts, housing homeless families in metro-Denver, offering art education to low-income schools in Los Angeles and other non-profit endeavors. When she and her family purchased Snow Bowl in ...
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Jim “Moose” Barrows and the term “legacy” are almost synonymous. Most people know about Moose’s legacy in the ski racing world. He helped mold the sport, with some of the most famous names in skiing as his teammates and friends – Spider Sabich, Billy Kidd, Jimmie Huega just to name a few. ABC’s feature of his famous crash at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France forever labeled him with the “agony of defeat” tagline. The new Barrows chairlift at Howelsen Hill is a lasting tribute to Moose’s seemingly limitless passion for and contributions to his sport. Get Moose talking ...
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When Kathy and Mike Diemer opened Johnny B Good’s Diner in February, 1994, they wanted to create “that feeling that people care about you and want to see you happily enjoying your time with us.” In the 25+ years since opening, Johnny B Good’s has become more than an iconic landmark in downtown Steamboat or must-visit place for tourists coming through town. For locals, Johnny B Good’s is a home away from home, a place where, like the old Cheers sitcom, “everybody knows your name.” For decades, Johnny B Good’s has been a safe haven for youth to come and ...
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