Promote charitable giving
Build and manage charitable legacy funds and endowments
Provide grants and other resources to benefit the residents and communities of western Colorado
The Western Colorado Community Foundation has served as a philanthropic leader in our region by connecting people who care with causes that matter. Since 1996, with the help of our generous donors, we have awarded over $15 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofit organizations and students pursuing their dream of higher education.
As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary of promoting and supporting local philanthropy, our Community Foundation looks to continue the course we set for our future, defined by a vision for 2020. That vision includes the expansion of grants and scholarship resources to our region and an increased role in leadership to address issues impacting our communities. We are well on our way to our 2020 vision with annual growth of both scholarship and grant distributions and our regional leadership role to address child hunger and STEM education initiatives across the seven counties we serve.
Our Community Foundation intends to strengthen our communities by continuing to promote local philanthropy and our investment through grants, scholarships and other resources, providing leadership and ensuring that charitable funds are there for our communities for good, forever.
"I am so grateful that we had the opportunity to take this class. I learned different strategies for planning and teaching writing, as well as a better understanding for teaching the foundation of skills to all students." D51 Teacher on 2016 Dyslexia Teacher Training
"The Lunch Lizard summer mobile food program would not have happened without the vision, coordination and funding from the Western Colorado Community Foundation. We knew there was a great need in our community due to loss of grants for summer programs. WCCF recognized the need and worked to secure the funding and coordinate the sites and volunteers to help us launch this program very quickly so that kids did not go a whole summer without access to healthy meals." Dan Sharp, Director, District 51 Nutrition Services
"The Lunch Lizard is an innovative and exciting response to child hunger in our communities in the summer months. We are feeding hungry kids in the parks and neighborhoods they live in. We should all be proud of the huge success of our first summer's efforts." Mike S., donor
We appreciate the active leadership role the Western Colorado Community Foundation takes across the region. When they see a need, they work with community members, nonprofits and donors to direct funding and other resources to address those issues. And they work to encourage collaboration among stakeholders which leads to much stronger long-term solutions. Abraham Connection, Homeless Shelter serving Delta County