Stories from the Valley

Trail Donor Celebration Party highlights our diverse trail groups

The TMEF Celebration Party at Howelsen Lodge was a great start to 2019. Nearly 60 people attended the event, and we raised $500 for trails. We enjoyed bringing together our valued donors and partner organizations including the Friends of Wilderness, Yampatika, Routt County Riders, and the City of Steamboat Springs. It was a great opportunity to chat and learn about these organization and the programs, projects and plans that are making trails, recreation and backcountry experiences available to people of all ages in our region. Thank you to everyone who attended and businesses, including Mountain Tap, Big Agnes and Ski ...
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Planned Giving Tip of the Month: February, 2019

BREAKING DOWN: What is a Charitable Remainder Trust A central idea of a charitable remainder trust is to reduce taxes. This is done by first donating assets into the trust and then having it pay the beneficiary for a stated period of time. Once this time-frame expires, the remainder of the estate is transferred to the charities deemed by the beneficiary. Charitable remainder trusts are irrevocable. This means that they cannot be modified or terminated without the beneficiary's permission. The grantor, having transferred assets into the trust, effectively removes all of his or her rights of ownership to the assets ...
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Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund: Fun Facts!

Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund: Fun Facts!
  • Largest Gift: $100,000
  • Total 2018 Gifts: $239,922
  • Total Gifts Since Inception: $459,169.14
  • Total Number of Gifts to Date: 856
  • Total Grants Since Inception: $14,445.74
  • Today's TMEF Balance: $462,436.73
  • Total 2018 Grants: $7,852
  • Trails Maintained to date: 3
  • Trail Ambassadors: 28
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Nonprofit Training Opportunities: February, 2019

Presented by the Colorado Nonprofit Association: Nuts & Bolts of Nonprofit Financial Management About: This is an introductory session for board members and nonprofit leaders to learn how to read the essential financial management documents: audits, interim financials, 990s and policies. The course will use example documents and relate those to Principles & Practices, as well as identify how they are connected in the nonprofit finance cycle. Cost: Location: Library Hall, ...
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Granting Opportunities: February, 2019

Craig–Scheckman Family Foundation: Youth Advocacy Project The Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation (CSFF) was established in 2005 for charitable purposes by Sara and Michael Craig-Scheckman. The Youth Advocacy Project for Routt County (YAP) is fully funded and controlled by the CSFF and directed by Sara Craig-Scheckman. The CSFF grants funds through YAP in support of charitable tax-exempt organizations benefiting Routt County youth who experience financial hardship, have multiple risk factors and/or have a disability or special need. The CSFF will grant a grand total of approximately $1,170,000 during 2019. Applications will be accepted today through March 1st. Please visit for complete details ...
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Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund Donor of the Month: David High

Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund Donor of the Month: David High How do you enjoy trails? The trail systems are what I consider to be my “church”. I have found that the soft dirt under my feet is my spiritual and psychological escape.  I enjoy riding and running at every opportunity I get as I have found that I need it as much as I enjoy it. When did you first become a donor of the TMEF and what inspired you to give? As a member of the  Accommodations Tax Trails Steering committee (2A committee), we were presented with the idea ...
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2018: The Story in the Numbers

If the data from 2018 could talk, it would tell not only the story of the substantial impact made in 2018 but of the solid foundation we are building for tomorrow. Over 1.5 million dollars in charitable giving facilitated through YVCF in 2018. Funding supported local nonprofits through our community grants cycle, various giving circles, local scholarships and more. As we look to 2019, we plan to actively work with donors to connect people who care with the cause that matter. 154 is the number of funds managed at the Community Foundation. These include YVCF operating and community granting funds, ...
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