Stories from the Valley

Nonprofit Endowment Capacity Building Cohort Graduates Ten Nonprofits

Nonprofit Endowment Capacity Building Cohort Graduates Ten Nonprofits On June 15th, 2021 - ten local nonprofits completed the first YVCF Endowment Capacity Building Cohort. The Community Foundation celebrated the hard work these nonprofits put into their future with a picnic lunch at Howelsen Hill. The goal of the program is these organizations create and implement a plan that includes the solicitation, marketing, and stewardship of endowment and legacy gifts.  Each participating nonprofit had at least one staff and one board member complete the program.  The Community Foundation will continue to support these nonprofits throughout their journey as they work to ...
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$20K Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund Matching Challenge Met!

The 20K Matching Challenge sponsored by The Steamboat Group has successfully raised a total of $42,730 to support the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund! The fund currently has a balance of $859,517.72. Funds raised with the help of this matching challenge bring the TMEF fundraising campaign closer to its ultimate goal of $1 million to $1.5 million by 2026. The Fund will be a permanent funding source for maintaining and improving non-motorized trails for hikers, bikers, equestrians and other users in Routt and Moffat counties. Grants from the TMEF are made annually and have already funded several trail improvement projects including ...
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Town of Hayden Creates Community Fund

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation announces the creation of the Town of Hayden Community Fund. Looking for a way to strengthen and build your local community during challenging times? This new fund aims to support specific projects in the Town of Hayden, as identified by the Town Council that work for the betterment of the community as a whole. The Town hopes to bolster public support and donations for such programs and projects as the Hayden Center, the Hayden Business Incubator, Hayden Parks and Recreation, and increase partners through the Hayden Economic Development Fund. Hayden Center: The Town is very ...
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The Yampa Valley Community Foundation awards over $280,000 to local nonprofits

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation awards over $280,000 to local nonprofits The Yampa Valley Community Foundation (YVCF) announces the recipients of over $280,000 in community grants to support Arts & Culture, Health and Human Services, Education, Recreation, and Environmental causes in Routt and Moffat Counties. “Thanks to the generosity of many people across the region, we are thrilled to significantly increase our grant funding this year,” said Tim Wohlgenant, Executive Director of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. “With COVID-19 impacting the entire community, this is a vital year for the Yampa Valley Community Foundation to provide support to the nonprofit ...
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The Yampa Valley Community Foundation Awards $137,850 in Scholarships to Graduating Seniors in the Yampa Valley

Graduating seniors in the Class of 2021 from across the Yampa Valley will be heading off this year to college, university or trade school with generous support from donors to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation (YVCF).  Scholarship awards totaling $137,850 are being granted to 55 students from Steamboat Springs High School (36), Soroco High School (9), Moffat County High School (5), Hayden High School (4), Steamboat Mountain School (1), and one homeschool student, an increase of $9,100 in awards from last year. Among the new scholarships being awarded for the first time this year is the Frank Levkulich Scholarship to ...
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Happy Birthday, Don!

Happy Birthday, Don Lufkin! Don's legacy to give back to the Yampa Valley lives on annually on May 10th, Don's birthday.  Every year, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation honors his legacy by awarding grants to local organizations that Don had chosen. His favorite causes were those benefiting youth, seniors and promoting the health of residents of the Yampa Valley, all of which he funded through the Lufkin Family Endowment Fund of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. $143,812 in grants will be awarded this year. Don was a generous and giving person. He was given the Tread of Pioneer Museum’s Leckenby ...
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$25K Matching Challenge to Bolster Education in South Routt

OAK CREEK, CO, MAY 1, 2021 - Long-time South Routt locals Russell and Clay Garrity aim to motivate commitment to education in South Routt County with their recent pledge of up to $25,000 in dollar-for-dollar matching funds to support the South Routt Education Endowment (SREE) Fund.  With their contribution, the Garrity family seeks to bring the community together to invest in the future of education in South Routt. The SREE Fund was established in 2011 to support pre-K through 12th grade education in the South Routt School District.  Russ has been a guiding member of the SREE Fund since its ...
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