Stories from the Valley

YVCF to host the Business Outlook Breakfast: Philanthropic Giving

Business Outlook Breakfast: Philanthropic Giving Tuesday, August 21 Is your business hoping to use philanthropy as a part of your business strategy? Giving back through a financial donation, non-cash contributions, and other employee programs can not only help your bottom line but benefit the community where we live and work. Please join us for a panel discussion and Q&A to learn more about the advantages of giving back in the for-profit world. Panel will include:
  • Traci Smith, Marketing Director, Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty
  • Kelly Landers, Owner, Creekside Café
  • Tara Weaver, Marketing Director, Central Park Management
  • Vic Schneider, Vice President, ...
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Colorado Association of Funders focus on strengthening partnerships; openness

Mark Andersen, executive director the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and the current board chair for the Colorado Association of Funders attended the annual C(3) Forum on July 26th in Denver, CO. This event is designed to bring bringing together funders and the nonprofits they support, encourage ongoing dialogue, increase understanding and build bridges for the good of our communities. The annual C(3) Forum was created in partnership with Colorado Nonprofit Association and Community Resource Center. The all-day conference focused on the 2018 theme of “convergence” and brought the sector together to talk about everything from moving away from lengthy grant applications to laying the groundwork for honest feedback.  This ...
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Steamboat Bike Town USA Initiative Launches Bike Festival / 20% of proceeds support the TMEF

Steamboat Bike Town USA Initiative Launches Bike Festival 3-day celebration of bikes & cycling culture in Steamboat Springs, CO -------------------------------------------------- Biking has always been deeply rooted in the community culture of Steamboat Springs Colorado. So it’s no surprise that a town making its name as ‘Bike Town USA’ would host an extended weekend event exclusively dedicated to the sport. “The Steamboat Bike Festival is unlike other biking events across the state, with organized rides ranging from mountain biking, road cycling, gravel grinding, cruiser bikes and e-bikes” says Steamboat Bike Town USA Executive Director, Amy Charity. “We’re really aiming for this ...
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Donors challenge the community to raise $10,000 in August to support trail maintenance

For the third year in a row, local donors Jeff and Alissa Merage are challenging the community to raise $10,000 for the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund. This is an all or nothing matching challenge that runs through midnight August 31. Funds from the challenge will push the TMEF fundraising campaign closer to it’s 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. “The Steamboat community is extremely fortunate to have such a valuable resource ...
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August DONOR SPOTLIGHT: The Merage Family

 DONOR SPOTLIGHT: The Merage Family How do you enjoy trails? My wife  Alissa and I use the trails for both mountain biking and trail running. We are especially excited that our kids — ages seven and 10 — are starting to hit the trails with us on their mountain bikes. When did you first become a donor of the TMEF and what inspired you to give? We first became donors of the TMEF two years ago when the fund started. We loved the idea that the town was being asked to play an integral role in maintaining the trails ...
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The Steamboat Group – Keeping Steamboat Special

Jon Wade, broker and owner of The Steamboat Group, stopped the Yampa Valley Community Foundation recently to drop off a contribution check in the amount of $4,175.  This represents a donation made from May 2018 real-estate closings with TSG. This contribution will help support TSG's mission of "Keeping Steamboat Special". Throughout the year, the TSG team partners with YVCF to allocate money from the TSG Fund to local nonprofits with needs that align with their team's mission. Over the last year and a half, they have donated over $45,000. Check out TSG Fund new webpage to learn more: ...
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Planned Giving Tip of the Month: July

How to prepare a meaningful wealth transfer plan Think values, not just dollars Ultimately, wealth transfer is about more than dollars; it’s about your family legacy. What do you want that legacy to be? Think big picture, considering family values, traditions, and hopes for the future. Do you want your children to have the freedom to use the money however they please? Is there a charitable cause you feel particularly passionate about?  Do you want to pass down your beliefs on the role money plays in life, in your family, and in your community? Clarifying your values and goals can ...
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