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Aspen groups get grants to perform good deeds

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – Three nonprofit organizations in Pitkin County that have played key roles in helping people in need, particularly during the recession and recovery, received an emergency infusion of cash Monday.

The Aspen Community Foundation, the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation and Aspen-based Pitkin County Health and Human Services were among 150 nonprofits throughout the state that received grants from the El Pomar Foundation of Colorado Springs. The Aspen Community Foundation received $3,500, the medical foundation received $3,000, and the county Health and Human Services Department received $5,000.

The El Pomar Foundation relied on recommendations from its High Country Regional Council, composed of residents of mountain towns, to determine which organizations should receive the emergency funds.

There are “no strings attached” to the grants, said El Pomar spokesman Chris Myers. The organizations can spend the funds as they see fit.

El Pomar has awarded $1 million for each of the past five years to organizations that help people who continue to struggle to meet their basic needs.

“While there are indications that economic conditions may be improving, a recent survey of more than 150 Colorado health and human service providers conducted by El Pomar Foundation indicated that the needs are still great,” said a statement from the foundation. The survey found that 88 percent of the 150 organizations saw an increase in demand for services over the past year, while 59 percent saw a decrease in donations over that period.

El Pomar contributes about $20 million annually through grants and its Community Stewardship Programs.


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