Stories from the Valley

Is a Charitable Remainder Trust the right tool for your philanthropic goals?

Since 1969, countless families have used charitable remainder trusts (CRTs) to increase their incomes, save taxes and benefit charities.  The Yampa Valley Community Foundation is here to support families in the Yampa Valley who want to use a CRT to do the same locally. A CRT lets you contribute cash or other non-publicly traded assets such as stock or real estate and become eligible for a partial tax deduction, while also creating an income stream for you or your chosen beneficiaries. It reduces your income taxes now and estate taxes when you die. You pay no capital gains tax when ...
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SAVE OUR SEASON FUND

The Save our Season Fund was created to fund an educational campaign to bring greater awareness of the need for our community to change behaviors in an effort to stop the spread of COVID19. Funds will be used for stickers, window clings, social media campaigns, and print advertising. The Save Our Season Fund is a Board-Designated Fund of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation developed in collaboration with Save Our Season, the City of Steamboat Springs, and the Steamboat Springs Chamber.The Save Our Season Fund is a Board-Designated Fund of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation developed in collaboration with Save Our ...
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The Rider Endowment Opens at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation

The Rider Endowment Opens at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation Bicycling has the power to bring people together while making communities more collaborative and close-knit. This is especially true over the last decade in Northwest Colorado. Routt County Riders is celebrating ten-years of ‘nonprofit official’ cycling advocacy by opening an endowment at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. The purpose of establishing the RCR Endowment is to create a mechanism to receive legacy and large gifts. "No one can predict the future, but we can say with certainty that the Yampa Valley will continue to grow in terms of population numbers ...
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Area Trails Receive Trail upgrades over the Summer

Area Trails Receive Trail upgrades over the Summer 2020 Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund Grant Report Steamboat Springs, CO – With the recent snow arriving, maintenance and summer work on area trails has come to a halt. This summer, local crews were busy completing five area projects headed by three local land managers. The completion of these projects was made possible with funding from the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund (TMEF).  The funding allowed for work on three trails on property managed by the City of Steamboat Springs. One of the most popular trails in Steamboat Springs, the Core Trail, received overdue maintenance ...
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New Seasonal Closure Gates Installed at Buffalo Pass

New Seasonal Closure Gates Installed at Buffalo Pass The population in Colorado is increasing, and with this, pressures on our public lands. Per the Outdoor Industry Association, Americans have flocked to outdoor recreation amid COVID restrictions. The activities that experienced the most considerable growth were running, cycling, and hiking. This year’s demand provides a sneak peek into the impacts an increased population will place on our wild places and shows the importance of implementing systems to ensure our public areas are protected and thriving for the long-term. One of the busiest Steamboat Springs area parking lots this summer was at ...
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The Yampa Valley Community Foundation awards over $280,000 to local nonprofits

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation awards over $280,000 to local nonprofits The Yampa Valley Community Foundation (YVCF) announces the recipients of over $280,000 in community grants to support Arts & Culture, Health and Human Services, Education, Recreation, and Environmental causes in Routt and Moffat Counties. “Thanks to the generosity of many people across the region, we are thrilled to significantly increase our grant funding this year,” said Tim Wohlgenant, Executive Director of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. “With COVID-19 impacting the entire community, this is a vital year for the Yampa Valley Community Foundation to provide support to the nonprofit ...
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Substitute teachers wanted for local school districts

WANTED: Substitutes Hamric alerted the board to a shortage of substitute teachers. It’s been a growing concern, he said, exacerbated by the pandemic.   “It’s a very limited pool,” which is especially problematic when teachers are quarantined, he said. A substitute only needs to have a high school degree, Hamric noted, as well as go through a background check and an application process. “We’d be very appreciative if anyone who is interested contact us,” he said. Board member Kim Brack suggested reaching out to college students who are learning online from home and looking for work. Board President Kelly Latterman ...
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