The Grand Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life in Grand County by proactively addressing current and future needs in the areas of Health & Human Services, Arts & Culture, Education, Amateur Sports and Environment. We facilitate philanthropy by fostering and building donor relationships in order to act as a catalyst for community investment and involvement. Grand Foundation events raise awareness and funds that, combined with our donor advised funds and other planned giving initiatives, enable us to provide grants to nurture and support qualified local nonprofits. As growth continues to challenge the social infrastructure of our community and as a major local vehicle dedicated to raising funds for Grand County nonprofits, we take our responsibility seriously to preserve and enhance our community - the place where we love to Live, Work and Play!
The Grand Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for residents and guests in Grand County by supporting Health & Human Services, Education, Environment, Amateur Sports, and Arts & Culture. The goal of the Foundation is to facilitate philanthropy, fostering and building donor relationships in order to promote and support community investment and involvement. The Foundation accomplishes this by supporting local non-profit and service organizations. In addition, annual fundraising events are held to increase awareness of the community's needs and to enable us to provide grants to nurture and support qualified local non-profit and service organizations.
Founded in 1996 as the Columbine Community Foundation, the organization's name was changed in 2001 to the Grand Foundation. This was an important year for the Foundation as it announced its county-wide focus in serving all of Grand County, Colorado including all areas from Kremmling to Grand Lake to Winter Park.
The current economy continues to challenge the social infrastructure of all communities. As a major local vehicle dedicated to raising funds for Grand County non-profits, we take our responsibility seriously to preserve and enhance our community. Over its 24-year history, the Foundation has awarded almost $12 million in grants to the local community. In recent years, we have seen remarkable growth in our grants program and our emergency grant requests. With that, as our inspiration last year, we introduced and trademarked our slogan - Give Where You Live, Work & Play. We feel this embodies what we are all about!
It is our goal, at the Grand Foundation, to understand the economically-challenged times and work with our community to develop new resources and to collaborate on programs and services to make those resources go further. When one donates to the Grand Foundation, that contribution is shared with over 150 non-profit and service organizations. Each dollar given makes a significant impact on our community. The Grand Foundation keeps its administrative cost below 9 percent, keeping the focus on community dollars.
Katy Hale, Executive Director of Grand Beginnings: "The ongoing support of the Grand Foundation makes it possible for Grand Beginnings to support the early care and education professionals and their programs, which ensures young children in our communities have high quality early care and education environments with well-prepared professionals supporting their early learning, which in turn ensures they are ready for school!
Tim Smith, Board Member, Grand County Search and Rescue: "Thanks again for all that the Foundation has done for us. It is very much appreciated by all our members!"
Helen Sedlar, Executive Director., Mountain Family Center: "Thanks for all you do!"
Chelsea Gould, Executive Director, Advocates for a Violence-Free Community: "Thank you for all you do!"
Cathleen Olson, President, Fraser Valley PAC: "The Fraser Valley Parent Advisory Committee would like to thank the Grand Foundation for your generous support of our programs. Our children are safer because of the grant you awarded us. You make Grand County a better place to live, work and play!"
Cookie Ready, Director of Outreach Programs, Shining Stars Foundation: "The Shining Stars Foundation would like to thank the people, organizations, and businesses of Grand County for helping to make the 2021 Grand County Summer Adventure for kids with cancer and life-threatening diseases such a huge success! Every family commented on how grateful they are for the wonderful and welcoming people in Grand County and what a beautiful county we live in. For bestowing grant funding we would like to thank...the Grand Foundation. Thank you for this fabulous community effort of giving hope and adventures to these special families and children who so badly need a reprieve from their hospital rooms, invasive treatments, and financial devastation. You're...the greatest!"