Stories from the Valley

$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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IMPACT100 Closes Out Season 15 with $11,500 in Grants Awarded

At IMPACT 100's closing event of Season 15 in April 2021, members voted to award $11,500 to four deserving nonprofit organizations. Since its inception in 2006, YVCF's IMPACT100 program has granted $178,550 to 50 local nonprofits. The concept of IMPACT100 is simple: 100 people donate $100 each, creating a pool of $10,000 that is granted out to support our communities. This collective giving program is designed to inspire a new generation of local philanthropists and to provide a platform for those who are interested in learning about charitable giving to become educated about the needs in the Yampa Valley and ...
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Community Utility Support Program

Community Utility Support Program (CUSP) Announcing a new endowed fund, sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Board of REALTORS®, providing ongoing support to local nonprofits that provide utility assistance for our community. Donate Now This program idea stemmed from one REALTOR’s experience helping a friend “keep the lights and heat on” during the pandemic. This sparked the realization that there are likely many individuals experiencing a significant loss of income and on the cusp of having their utilities turned off.  The Steamboat Springs Board of REALTORS® organization, which has a longstanding tradition of philanthropy and supporting community-minded programs, embraced the concept and ...
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Matching Challenge for the Hayden Center

Matching Challenge for the Hayden Center The Yampa Valley Community Foundation is pleased to announce that a generous donor has agreed to match up to $2,500 in donations made to the Hayden Center campaign through March.  The Town of Hayden has been diligently working on the redevelopment of the old Hayden High School to become a multi-use community center that will immediately provide recreational services and long-term performing arts, culinary, and technical trades programs. The Center’s vision is the same as the Town’s “To be a Welcoming Inclusive Community that Honors our Heritage While Planning for the Future.” To help fund ...
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Chair Sale Provides Support for the Howelsen Hill Endowment Fund at YVCF

Chair Sale Provides Support for the Howelsen Hill Endowment Fund at YVCF Press Release by the City of Steamboat Springs STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-March 5, 2021-One of the double chairs from the Barrows Chairlift at historic Howelsen Hill could be yours if you submit 1 of the 49 winning bids. The chair sale is a chance to secure an iconic piece of local ski history and a ‘for-sure’ conversation starter at your home or business. “Chairs from local lifts are always in high demand especially smaller doubles,” commented Howelsen Hill Ski & Rodeo Manager Brad Setter. “To be able to get ...
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Final Report:  $400,000 in COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants Provided through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation

Steamboat Springs, CO – In March 2020, in a matter of weeks, our daily lives changed dramatically as the global pandemic drove closures of schools and businesses. As is frequently the case when confronted with a crisis, our community looked to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation (YVCF) for help. YVCF acted swiftly, working in coordination with other foundations in our region, to open the COVID-19 Response Fund. The Fund served as a vehicle for accepting donations and enabled rapid direction of those funds to where they were most needed. The outpouring of generosity we witnessed was staggering. In less than four ...
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YVCF Partners with Network for Good to bring the Jumpstart Program to NW Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO, FEBRUARY 25, 2021 – The Yampa Valley Community Foundation (YVCF) is pleased to announce a partnership with Network for Good to offer Jumpstart, a 12-month fundraising capacity building program, to nonprofits in the Yampa Valley. Participating organizations will receive personal coaching, professional services, software, and an evidence-based framework in this immersive, year-long Program. Typically, after one year of committed fundraising, implementing skills learned in the Program in real-time, participants see an average increase by more than 20% more fundraising from the prior year.  Providing tools and systems to raise more money in less time ultimately increases organizational ...
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