Stories from the Valley

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. $134440 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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YouthRoots is Coming to the Yampa Valley

(STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO, March 2nd, 2022) – The Yampa Valley Community Foundation believes that youth themselves should be at the forefront of decision-making around issues that impact their lives. To provide local youth the opportunity to make the world a better place and develop leadership and life skills, YVCF is starting a YouthRoots Routt County program, in partnership with a Colorado-based national youth philanthropy nonprofit. Fifteen to twenty high schoolers from around the Yampa Valley will spend nine months learning about grantmaking and community needs. Between September and May, students will work together as a mini foundation and complete a ...
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Hayden and South Routt School Districts Collaborate on RISE Program

The Yampa Valley RISE program is a unique grant-funded collaboration between the Hayden and South Routt School Districts which will expand Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming in Hayden and Soroco High Schools. In 2021, the Districts were awarded a $1.05M grant from Governor Polis’ RISE (Response, Innovation, and Student Equity) Education Fund. Funding supports career connected learning experiences that are aligned to the needs of our local economy. The Yampa Valley RISE project focuses on the expansion of Career & Technical Education (CTE) agriculture pathways and an aligned Kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum in collaboration with Colorado State University ...
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Giving Circles Grant over $105,000 in 2021

  • Assistance toward the replacement of a prosthetic leg for a 30-year old woman who was living in pain.
  • Funding toward the purchase of a vehicle for safe and reliable transportation for a survivor of domestic violence.
  • Wardrobe alterations for young man with cerebral palsy to allow him to live a more independent life.
  • Tutoring and IEP advocacy assistance for a family in need to help their son access support services.
  • Funding for Routt County Crisis Support to provide First Responder Wellness, Peer Support and Community Emergency Assistance Programs.
These are just a handful of examples of the 55 ...
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Nonprofits Jumpstart their Fundraising

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation is pleased to announce a renewed partnership with Network for Good to offer Jumpstart, an immersive, 12-month fundraising capacity-building program to a new cohort of local nonprofits. Beginning 1/27/2022, four participating organizations will receive integrated tools, planning guidance, and one-on-one coaching to build their fundraising capacity, diversify revenue, and sustain and grow their programs. This program is only possible because of the generous support from Alpine Bank, the Jackson Family Charitable Fund, and the Bluestem Fund. YVCF launched this program to help meet one of the most pressing needs of local nonprofits.  When nonprofits are ...
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North Routt Community Fund 2021 Grant Allocations Announced

The North Routt Community Fund grant committee has awarded $9,790 to four nonprofit organizations in its 2021 grant cycle. In this year’s cycle, four of seven grant applications were awarded. The North Routt Community Charter School (NRCCS) received $4,790 for an 8th grade capstone raft trip down the Yampa River. Routt County Search and Rescue was awarded $1,500 to purchase new ATV to help with rescues in the North Routt area. Yampatika partners with NRCCS to provide environmental education to K-4th students and will use its award of $2,500 to provide the science-based programming to all grade levels. The $1,000 ...
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2022 Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund Grants Announced

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation (YVCF) has awarded three Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund (TMEF) grants for the 2021 cycle, a total of $29,122. Stagecoach State Park was awarded $7,000 for repairs to trails and culverts damaged by runoff, the City of Steamboat Springs and Steamboat Digs Dogs were awarded $7,122 for trail improvements at Rita Valentine Park, and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are receiving $15,000 for two shared summer seasonal full-time staff. This was the sixth granting year for TMEF, established in 2015 to provide permanent funding support for non-motorized trail and trailhead ...
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