The Westminster Legacy Foundation was established in 2001 to enhance programs and projects that benefit the Westminster community. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) supporting youth and senior programs, open space and parks, education and library services, public safety, cultural arts, social services, community relations and historical legacy.
Westminster Legacy Foundation...enriching the spirit and identity of Westminster now and for future generations.
Nancy Heil's vision. In the late 1990's, then-Westminster Mayor Nancy Heil had a vision. With charitable assistance in Westminster often divided according to county lines, Heil saw the value in creating an organization that could provide charitable support to the entire City of Westminster. Mayor Heil and a dedicated group of volunteers formed the Westminster Legacy Foundation in 2001 to support programs and projects that strengthen and enhance the Westminster community and our residents.
Armed Forces Tribute Garden. The Westminster Legacy Foundation worked with the community to contribute $178,000 to the City of Westminster for the Armed Forces Tribute Garden, dedicated to those who serve our country in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. The Tribute Garden is an enduring place of respect that pays tribute to the commitment and patriotism of members of the armed forces, past, present, and future. Engraved bricks honor those who have served in the past or who currently serve.
Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park. The Westminster Legacy Foundation worked with the community to create $130,000 for the construction of Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park, created to honor 10-year-old Westminster resident Jessica Ridgeway, who was tragically kidnapped and killed while walking to school. The purple park reflects Jessica's love of purple and the community's love of Jessica.
Until 2017, the work of the foundation was carried out by dedicated, hard-working volunteers. Ready to make a more meaningful impact in the community, the foundation's board members decided in 2016 that it was time to hire a staff person to move the foundation's goals forward. The foundation board had conversations with the city to forge an agreement to jointly fund the desired position. The city council and the foundation's board of directors executed an intergovernmental agreement in October 2016 which spelled out the cost-sharing approach and provided office space for the new full-time person. The foundation hired its first full-time staff person in 2017.
"Partners are essential as we try to break the cycle of child abuse and secure safe, permanent. nurturing homes for children in the social service system. We simply could not fulfill our mission effectively without your support."
Leah V., CASA, Jefferson and Gilpin Counties
"Again and again, our families express their gratitude for being able to access the programming found at Children's Outreach Project."
Stephanie B., Children's Outreach Project
"Your Foundation has done an impressive job of supporting the depth and breadth of nonprofit work in our comunity!" Hap P. Butterfly Pavilion
"Your support strenthens our ability to serve this older population. Thank You. With your help...Together - We Do Make a Difference." Renee D., The Senior Hub
"Today, record numbers of families are seeking help, and your support will help us respond. This year we've seen an almost 400% increase in families requesting assistance from our core programs." Teve S., Growing Home
"In 2009, Ralston House provided services for 685 children, an 11 percent increase over 2008. This year we are poised to serve more than 800 children and their families. Your funding support is important to help us continue to provide services to more and more children. It will make a difference in the lives of families." Don M., Ralston House