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North Routt Community Fund

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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SNOW BOWL STEAMBOAT – 2021 BUSINESS PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR

“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 – LEGACY OF PHILANTHROPY AWARD

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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JOHNNY B. GOOD’S – 2021 BUSINESS PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR

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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LEONA THURSTON – 2021 YOUTH PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Leona Thurston, 2021 Youth Philanthropist of the Year. Leona is an intelligent, passionate and driven young woman. Her involvement in non-profit work came about during her senior year in high school when she became active in school politics, using her personal experiences to drive change. She was extremely brave in sharing her own story publicly, which ultimately led her to be the youngest speaker at the Steamboat Women’s March – an experience she calls the most impactful of her life. According to Leona, “Seeing something happening in our community and knowing something needed to be done, I wanted ...
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GILLIAN AND MICHAEL MORRIS – 2021 INDIVIDUAL PHILANTHROPISTS OF THE YEAR

From Gillian and Mike Morris’s perspective, being members of this community means giving back however you can. Gillian says, “Everyone has something to give. We each have the power to change the world by one small, kind gesture or act at a time. We just want to do our part.” They have certainly done their part and inspired others to do the same. That is why they are being honored as the 2021 Individual Philanthropists of the Year. Mike and Gillian continually go above and beyond the bar and support so many facets of the Yampa Valley community. They have ...
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Donor Spotlight – Brian and Nancy Jackson

“One of the things that makes Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley so special is that the community has a strong sense of taking care of itself through taking care of each other. We are all in this together. The response to the pandemic is a great example of Steamboat pulling together. We believe we have a responsibility to not just live here and benefit from the community, but to become a part of it and contribute to taking care of it. This is very personal to us.” – Brian and Nancy Jackson Brian and Nancy spent their business careers ...
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