Yampa Valley Community Foundation provides leadership in raising funds, in partnership with community members, to support innovative programs benefiting the Yampa Valley community. Our vision is to build a healthy and vital community through the power of philanthropy.
In 1979, a group of local citizens formed the Yampa Valley Foundation to save the financially beleaguered Yampa Valley College. By 1983 the Foundation had successfully saved what is now the Colorado Mountain College, Alpine Campus.
Between 1984 and 1995 the Yampa Valley Foundation served as a community based multi-purpose foundation, with a number of charitable funds and activities under its 501(c)(3) umbrella. In 1996, the Foundation reorganized and adopted a broader focus, adding "Community" to its name and purpose. As a Community Foundation the focus shifted to raising funds to be able to grant money to enhance education, arts and culture, health and human services, recreation and the environment in the Yampa Valley. The Foundation made this move by partnering with the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation (SSRC). SSRC provided a ski pass program, the "Passport Club", to the Community Foundation. Funds that were generated by selling memberships to the Passport Club helped pay the administrative costs of the Community Foundation and support grants to the community.
"For me, establishing a legacy gift to the Community Foundation is a great way to provide for the community's future. I particularly like that the Yampa Valley Community Foundation provides grants to a large and diverse number of local agencies." - John Vickery
"We established our fund because we support a number of local organizations annually and felt that creating a Donor Advised Fund provided certain tax advantages over giving directly to the charitable organizations. We were, and are, able to give to the Donor Advised Fund in years of our choosing and could do so by donating appreciated stock. The Fund is professionally managed, has enjoyed good returns, and those returns remain in the Fund without additional tax liability so we have more money to donate.
One of the most significant advantages of having a Donor Advised Fund with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation is the annual summary we are given of requests by local organizations for grant funds. Whether we choose to donate at that time or not, we have a much greater appreciation of all the truly amazing things that are being done in this community by various charitable organizations." - Jim and Barbara Bronner