Stories from the Valley

Save the Date: The Yampa Valley Community Foundation Community Grant Cycle opens May 13th

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation Community Grant Cycle opens May 13th YVCF, in partnership with the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, Donor Advised Fund Holders and other Granting Endowments, supports programs and services benefiting the Yampa Valley through this annual Community Grants Cycle. Grants may be awarded for innovative programs demonstrating community benefits in five focus areas: arts & culture, education, health & human services, environment, and recreation. All grant requests for General Operating support must be approved by YVCF staff prior to grant application submission. Dates to remember:
  • May 13th, 2019 – Community Grant Cycle Opens
  • May 9th/10th - ...
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IMPACT100 Welcome Table

The Results are in for the IMPACT100 Final Voting Party

The IMPACT100 Final Voting Party - Results This event was enjoyed by approximately 75 people this past Thursday, April 11th. The attendees came together to support the four nominations to be awarded a total amount of $11,400. This was the total amount raised by the IMPACT100  members. The following are the results of this final voting party. Advocates of Routt County was generously awarded $4,600. This is to help them with their Social Change Advocacy. This program will work with bars/restaurants, schools,  and the community to eradicate drugs and alcohol facilitated sexual abuse. Lisel Petis, Executive Director, gave an acceptance ...
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NEW! The School Trails Project

During the month of May, over 1,000 Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary students ages 5-11 will put on their walking shoes and get out on local trails. They will be asked to take time to listen to the sounds of the birds, pick up trash, learn trail etiquette and much, much more! The goal of the project is to get kids outside exploring their local trails and thinking about the future of their trails by raising money to support the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund. This is a new project launched by local PE teacher, Erin Early. For the past 15 years, ...
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Charitable Giving through Retirement Funds: Choosing Charity over Taxes

Estate planners and tax advisers often recommend retirement assets as the most tax-effective asset to distribute to charity. These assets are not only vulnerable to heavy taxation as current distributions but may also be taxed again as income on the tax returns of heirs. A recent tax law extension permanently allows annual IRA distributions given directly to charity tax-free. Americans age 70½ and up can make tax-free IRA contributions to public charities, add to YVCF Granting Endowments or start a new fund at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. Giving is one of life’s pleasures; we can help you enjoy it ...
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Donation Stations Coming Soon….

This summer, the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund in partnership with local land managers the City of Steamboat Springs and the Bureau of Land Management will install eleven "Donation Stations" at the following trail heads and core trails locations:
  1. Stables Trail head
  2. Mile Run Trail head
  3. Blackmare Trail head
  4. Fetcher Park Core Trail
  5. Bear River Core Trail
  6. Rotary Core Trail
  7. Bus Station Stockbridge Core Trail
  8. Little Toots Park Core Trail
  9. Spring Creek
  10. Ridge/Rotary Trail head
  11. Portable Station on small trailer (for events)
The "donation stations" are refurbished parking meters and were donated to the project. They will only accept ...
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Trail Maintenance Donor of the Month: Cathy Wiedemer

Trail Maintenance Donor of the Month: Cathy Wiedemer 1. How do you enjoy trails? Mostly mountain biking and occasionally hiking. 2. When did you first become a donor of the TMEF and what inspired you to give? I believe it was the first year of the TMEF.  The trails in Steamboat provide me with a place to reflect, smile, laugh, go on a date with my husband, meet up with friends, be alone, and have the occasional working hike meeting. 3. Can you share a memorable experience you’ve had on our local or area trails? A couple of years ago ...
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