“provided a long-lasting, living legacy for Hap Enander.” Community Foundation is a donor service organization One of the Foundation’s major roles is as a donor service organization, which differentiates it from other foundations. Over the past 40 years, the Foundation has demonstrated the ability to handle complex assets while being responsive to needs of donors – from multi-million dollar companies such as Aqua-Hot to $25,000 memorial funds established to honor a loved one. “We are a service provider,” explains Caraway, “and not in the fundraising business. What we’re focused on is: How can we help a donor leave a legacy?” The Foundation serves individuals, community groups, and large corporations by helping them crystallize their charitable dreams – using vehicles such as Donor Advised funds – and then carry out their wishes. The Foundation also works closely with the nonprofit community by managing endowments and providing tools and education surrounding long-term sustainability. In its role as a community convener, it provides the framework for productive conversations around the future of Northern Colorado. Community Foundation proudly hoists the regional banner The Foundation serves Fort Collins, Loveland, Berthoud, the Estes Valley, and six rural counties in Eastern Colorado. It’s governed by a Board of Trustees, which consists of talented, active community leaders from throughout Northern Colorado. Former Fort Collins Mayor (20052011) Doug Hutchinson stepped into the role of board chair in July. When Doug was mayor in 2005, he worked closely with the Foundation to forge a partnership between the City of Fort Collins, Downtown Development Authority, Bohemian Foundation, and Colorado State University to take a comprehensive look at the heart of Fort Collins and where it was going. UniverCity Connections was convened by the Foundation as a public-privatephilanthropic partnership.
“Government by itself can’t plan as well as when it teams up with community partners,” Doug said. The Foundation believed in the power of diversity and became the respected facilitator for what would become UniverCity Connections – what Doug calls an “extremely effective vision from which a lot of ideas (Fort Zed, Homeward 2020) emerged that have been helpful to guide city policy.” Since 2015, the Community Foundation
Board of Trustees Chair Doug Hutchinson and President Ray Caraway of Northern Colorado has partnered with the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County to bring together mayors, mayors pro tem, and city managers from Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, and Windsor to develop regional relationships and create an aspirational process for communication and cooperation. For the past 10 years, Doug says the Foundation has served as a regional catalyst, including assuming the role of champion for public-private-philanthropic partnerships. In Loveland, it donated $700,000 to the city-owned Rialto Theater Center expansion, secured a grant of $200,000 to support Arts @ the Feed & Grain, and is assisting with redevelopment of the Pulliam Community Building, a re-purposing renovation of a historic auditorium. The Foundation created a recovery fund in response to the High Park Fire.
The Foundation reached over $50 million in assets.
Make meaningful giving easy Reaching $100 million validates the Foundation’s philosophy of making giving easy and enjoyable. Or, as Ray says, “We don’t ask what the giver can do for us, we ask what we can do for the giver.” By drawing on credentials built over more than 40 years, the Foundation serves as the long-term steward of charitable assets for donors who want to make a gift that forever impacts one or more charitable projects. The Foundation provides such guidance through its dedicated board of trustees, investment and community fund committees, and partnerships with professional advisors. In addition to a track record of integrity and impact, the Foundation serves donors with its entrepreneurial approach, an ability to handle complex assets, and a responsive approach to fund management. The Foundation offers information, experience, and a different perspective. “What kind of legacy do you want to leave?” Ray Caraway asks. “How can we help you carry out those dreams? Do you have family members you want to engage in your philanthropy?” Ray believes the success of the Community Foundation is a reflection on the generosity of the community and how much people love Northern Colorado. “People come, stay, and want to leave their legacy here.” Additional information The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado is a nonprofit, public foundation working to build permanent endowments for the benefit of charitable causes and organizations in Northern Colorado. It manages more than 450 individual charitable funds and $100 million in assets. It serves a unique leadership role by bringing people and resources together around important local issues. To learn more, visit www.NoCoFoundation.org
Mishelle Baun is a writer for the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado.
Eastern Colorado joined the Foundation.
The Foundation reached total assets of over $100 million.
The Catalyst Campaign raised over $5 million to leverage ﬁnancial and human capital. The Foundation raised $1.85 million in response to the historic ﬂoods.
Published on Aug 31, 2017