Aspen Community Foundation awards $605k in grants to nonprofits
2016 ACF Community Grantmaking Program Recipients
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Folklorico
Aspen School District Summer Preschools
Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club
Aspen Youth Center
Blue Lake Preschool and Little Blue
The Buddy Program
Children’s Rocky Mountain School
Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork School District
Family Visitor Programs
Growing Years School
Mount Sopris Montessori School
Mountain Valley Developmental Services
Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute
Roaring Fork School Health Centers
Stepping Stones of the Roaring Fork Valley
Summer Advantage, Roaring Fork Valley
Valley Settlement Project
Yampah Mountain High School and Teen Parent Program
Family Basic Human Needs
A Way Out
Advocate Safehouse Project
Alpine Legal Services
Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance
Catholic Charities, Western Slope
English In Action
Mountain Family Health Centers
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Glenwood Springs
River Bridge Regional Center
The Aspen Community Foundation has awarded $605,000 to 34 nonprofits who serve communities from Aspen to Parachute in the priority areas of youth success and basic human needs, the organization announced Friday.
The foundation’s Community Grantmaking program has been providing discretionary grants to nonprofit organizations for 35 years while responding to the evolving needs of its service area.
Over the past four years, with the advent of the foundation’s flagship effort, the Cradle to Career Initiative, the Community Grantmaking program has placed an emphasis on maintaining and elevating the capacity of high-performing nonprofits that engage youth and strengthen families. This year, the Aspen Community Foundation’s grantmaking efforts prioritized general operating and programmatic grants to nonprofits working in early-childhood education, family supports, youth development and basic services for families, such as food, shelter, safety and health care.
“While supporting youth success is incredibly important, we believe it cannot be achieved without also supporting the whole family,” said Tamara Tormohlen, executive director of the Aspen Community Foundation. “A holistic approach is critical to ensuring youth success both in and out of school.”
The community grants are made possible through annual contributions from individuals wishing to support a pooled grantmaking fund. One hundred percent of contributions made to Community Grantmaking are awarded as grants to the nonprofits. No portion of these contributions are utilized for administrative or overhead expenses, according to the foundation.
The foundation’s discretionary grantmaking represents about one quarter of its programmatic activity, which also includes the Cradle to Career Initiative, scholarships, technical assistance for nonprofits, the mental health fund, emergency assistance and a partnership with Aspen Skiing Co.’s Environment Foundation.
For more information, contact Program Director Susanne Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-925-9300.
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