Colorado Community Foundations

First, what is a community foundation anyway?

Community foundations are instruments of civil society designed to pool donations into a coordinated investment and grant making facility dedicated primarily to the social improvement of a given place.

Families, individuals, businesses, and nonprofit groups establish funds within community foundations into which they can contribute a variety of assets to be used for charitable purposes. The people or organizations that establish the funds can then recommend that grants be distributed, in the name of the fund or anonymously, to qualified nonprofit groups and schools. The donor receives a charitable deduction in the year that gifts are made into their funds.

The assets of community foundations are pooled and invested, with donors typically having a choice of investment products.

The funds established at community foundations can be expendable funds (i.e., grants can be made in any amount at any time) or they can be endowments, which limit distributions to the interest earned on the assets. Endowments last in perpetuity.

The first community foundation was set up in Cleveland in 1914 by Frederick Goff and operating now as the Cleveland Foundation. Others soon followed including the California Community Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust.

Community foundations are now a global phenomenon. There are at least 700 in the United States and perhaps 1000 more around the world with numbers
growing rapidly.

The above definition is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_foundation

The following is a list of community foundations in Colorado:

Aspen Community Foundation
Contact: Tamara Tormohlen, Executive Director
110 E. Hallam Street, Suite 126
Aspen, CO 81611-1460
Phone: (970)925-9300     Fax: (970)920-2892
Email: tamara@aspencommunityfoundation.org
Website: http://www.aspencommunityfoundation.org/

The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County
Contact: Josephine Ward Heath, President
1123 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302-4001
Phone: (303)442-0436     Fax: (303)415-1542
Email: josieheath@aol.com
Website: http://www.commfound.org/home.php

Broomfield Community Foundation
Contact: Karen Smith, Executive Director
P.O. Box 2040
Broomfield, CO 80038-2040
Phone: (303)469-7208     Fax: (303)410-1733
Website: http://www.broomfieldfoundation.org/

The Denver Foundation
Contact: David J. Miller, President
950 S. Cherry Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80246-2699
Phone: (303)300-1790     Fax: (303)300-6547
Email: dmiller@denverfoundation.org
Website: http://www.denverfoundation.org/

The Greater Eaton Community Foundation Inc.
1 Maple Avenue
Eaton, CO 80615-3439
Phone: (970)454-3338

Community First Foundation
Contact: Kenneth W. Eggeman, Ph.D., President & CEO
6870 W. 52nd Avenue, Suite 103
Arvada, Colorado 80002
Phone (720) 898-5909     Fax: (720) 898-5901
Website: http://www.communityfirstfoundation.org

Fort Lupton Community Area Fund
c/o Community Foundation Serving Greeley & Weld County
711 8th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631
Phone: (970)304-9970

Grand Foundation
Contact: Kathryn Harris, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1342
Winter Park, CO 80482
Phone: (970)726-2040    Fax: (970)726-9829
Website: http://www.grandfoundation.com/

Community Foundation Serving Greeley & Weld County
Contact: Judy Knapp, President
711 8th Ave.
Greeley, CO 80631-3955
Phone: (970)304-9970     Fax: (970)352-1271
Website: http://www.greeleyweldcomfound.org/

The Gunnison Area Community Foundation
Contact: Pamela G. Montgomery , Executive Director
P.O. Box 7057
Gunnison, CO 81230-7057
Phone: (970)641-8837     Fax: (970)641-0443

The Longmont Community Foundation
An Affiliate of The Denver Foundation
401 Main Street, #102
Longmont, CO  80501
Phone (303) 678-6555
Website: www.longmontfoundation.org

The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
Contact: Ray M. Caraway, President
4745 Wheaton Dr. Suite 100
Fort Collins, CO 80525-9482
Phone: (970)224-3462     Fax: (970)224-5153
Website: http://www.communityfoundationnc.org/

Pikes Peak Community Foundation
Contact: Robert B. Small, Associate Director
730 N. Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719)389-1251     Fax: (719)389-1252
Website: http://www.ppcf.org/

Rose Community Foundation
Contact: Sheila Bugdanowitz, President and CEO
600 S. Cherry Street, Suite 1200
Denver, CO 80246-1712
Phone: (303)398-7400     Fax: (303)398-7430

Southern Colorado Community Foundation
Contact: Dan DeRose, Executive Director
P.O. Box 4202
Pueblo, CO 81003
Phone: (719)546-6677     Fax: (719)546-3334
Website: http://www.southerncoloradocommunityfoundation.org/

Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado
Contact: Lon Erwin, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1673
Durango, CO 81302-1673
Phone: (970)375-5807     Fax: (970)375-5806
Website: http://www.swcommunityfoundation.org/

The Summit Foundation
P.O. Box 4000
108 N. French Street
Breckenridge, CO 80424-4000
Phone: (970)453-5970     Fax: (970)453-1423
Contact: Lee Zimmerman, Executive Director
Email: tsfdirector@summitfoundation.org
Website: http://www.summitfoundation.org/

The Telluride Foundation
620 Mountain Village Blvd., Suite 2-B
Telluride, CO 81435-9527
Phone: (970)728-8717     Fax: (970)728-9007
Contact: Paul Major, President & CEO
Email: paul@telluridefoundation.org
Website: http://www.telluridefoundation.org/

Vail Valley Foundation, Inc.
Post Office Box 309
Vail, CO 81658
Phone: 970/949-1999

Western Colorado Community Foundation
Contact: Anne Wenzel, Executive Director
P.O. Box 4334
Grand Junction, CO 81502-4334
Phone: (970)243-3767     Fax: (970)243-3767
Email: awenzel@wc-cf.org
Website: http://www.wc-cf.org/

Windsor Community Foundation
Co/o Community Foundation Serving Greeley & Weld County
711 8th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631
Phone: (970)304-9970

Yampa Valley Community Foundation
Contact: Linda C. Haltom, CPA, Interim Director
P.O. Box 881869
Steamboat Springs, CO 80488-1869
Phone: (970)879-8632     Fax: (970)871-0431
Website: http://www.yvcf.org/