Stories from the Valley

$2,500 matching challenge met for Trails

Another matching challenge to support the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund was met on October 15th, 2018. The fund now has a balance of: $404,393 ...
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Leaving a legacy of a healthy and resilient Yampa Valley for future generations

Leaving a legacy of a healthy and resilient Yampa Valley for future generations Yampa Valley Sustainability Council opens endowment at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation written by: Anne Mudgett, Communications and Development Director, YVSC Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) is celebrating the organization’s first 10 years and kicking off the next decade with the launch of an endowment fund with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation (YVCF). YVCF created the $100,000 Nonprofit Endowment Matching Challenge as a way to aid nonprofits to secure their future and ability to serve the community. Nonprofits can join the challenge by opening a fund at YVCF ...
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Planned Giving Tip of the Month – October

The "Queen of Soul" did not have a will - did you? When Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16th, she left behind a musical legacy that spanned more than six decades. However, the Queen of Soul didn't have a will to cover her multi-million dollar estate, according to published reports. And that will come at a cost. Her four sons filed a document with the Oakland County Probate Court in Michigan that lists them as interested parties in Franklin's estate. A niece also asked the court to appoint her as personal representative of the estate. Of course, Franklin wouldn't be ...
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What is “WHILD”?

Habitat Improvement, what does ‘Habitat Improvement’ really even mean?  There are multiple different names for what Habitat Improvement is, maybe it’s ‘Habitat Manipulation’ or ‘Habitat Mitigation.’  You may have heard of ‘Hydro-axing,’ ‘Roller Chopping,’ ‘Chaining,’ or probably even ‘Prescribed Burn’ which are all methods incorporated into Habitat Improvement.  Regardless of the names and methods you may have heard associated with Habitat Improvement, it basically boils down to this: mimicking a natural disturbance through mechanical means to reset the vegetation to early successional or seral stages of development. As plant communities age unimpeded by natural disturbance, i.e. fire, they become less ...
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Smeeny Beanie Knits makes a difference for local trail one stitch at a time

Thank you,  Smeeny Beanie Knits for supporting the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund by donating 5% of last quarters sales. This donation will serve as a permanent source of funding to maintain local, non-motorized trails. Chareen Leong Schwarz, maker/owner of Smeeny Beanie Knits told the Community Foundation, "Through Smeeny Beanie Knits, I strive to tie my love of nature to my pursuit of making a difference. I'm inspired by travel and my life in the mountains and want to preserve my love of the outdoors for the generations that follow. As a maker of handmade, functional knitwear, I hope that donating 5% of the sales from ...
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Genereux Investment Management has challenged the community to raise $2,500 for the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund.

A new matching challenge has begun at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.  Genereux Investment Management has challenged the community to raise $2,500 for the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund. This is an all or nothing matching challenge that runs through midnight October 31. Funds from the challenge will push the TMEF fundraising campaign closer to its ultimate goal of $1 million to $1.5 million by 2026. This amount will provide permanent funding for maintaining and improving non-motorized trails for hikers, bikers, equestrians and other non-motorized users in Routt and Moffat counties. When asked why Mark wanted to challenge the community, he replied, “I was ...
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2018 Continental Divide Trail Run donated $3,000 to support the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund

Thank you, Steamboat Springs Running Series and the Continental Divide Run for supporting the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund.  The event raised $3,000 to support the endowment fund that will serve as a permanent source of funding to maintain local, non-motorized trails. The event took racers 50K or 16 miles from Fish Creek Fall parking area and ended at the top of the Steamboat Ski Area. To learn more: http://www.runningseries.com/races/continentaldivide_trail_run.php ...
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