Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
The Summit Foundation/Vail Resorts Echo Grants made to five local non-profits
At its December Board of Trustees meeting, The Summit Foundation Board of Trustees allocated $597,495 in grant awards to 45 nonprofit agencies providing services in Summit, Grand, Park, and Lake Counties.
“The Foundation is pleased to partner with these nonprofit organizations that provide vital services and improve the quality of life in Summit County and our neighboring communities,” said Maureen Westerland, Co-Chair of The Summit Foundation Grants Committee. “In recognition of the challenges many families are facing in this difficult economy, in this grant cycle, the Committee emphasized support for agencies that provide for the basic needs of individuals and families,” noted Phyllis Martinez, Co-Chair of The Summit Foundation Grants Committee.
“The Summit Foundation is proud to be able to make these grants in this challenging economic environment. This distribution is significantly in thanks to the generous support we receive from all of our donors,” noted Gini Bradley, President of Board of Trustees of The Summit Foundation.
The Summit Foundation specifically partnered with Vail Resorts Echo on grants totaling $110,000 to five nonprofit organizations including, Advocates for Victims of Assault, Colorado West Regional Mental Health, Early Childhood Options, Keystone Science School and Summit Prevention Alliance.
Many of these grant awards are made possible by the generous contributions made by our local ski resorts through their annual donation of transferable ski privileges (packaged as medallions) which result in over $800,000 in contributions to The Foundation each year,” said Bradley. Over the past year, The Summit Foundation worked with Vail Resorts to establish a more official program to recognize their commitment to The Summit Foundation and to this community.
The funding granted in December 2010 was allocated in seven major categories. 48 percent of the funds awarded went to 17 health and human service agencies that received $288,110. Nine organizations offering educational programs and services received $115,760. Seven art and culture organizations received a total of $49,500. Two environmental organizations received a combined total of $10,000. 19,075 was awarded to five nonprofit sports and recreation organizations. In addition, The Foundation presented $17,500 to four nonprofit organizations responsible for programs or projects in Grand, Park and Lake Counties. Special Initiative grants totaling $98,000 went to two programs. Grants were awarded from The Foundation and several donor advised funds including The Lenzmeier/Williams Advised Fund, Summit Association of Realtors Charitable Fund, The Eileen & Paul Finkel Advised Fund, Keltner Family Fund, The Millisor Family Fund, The Jack and Pat Thomas Arts Fund and The Highlands at Breckenridge Advised Fund.
“The Summit County and neighboring community nonprofit agencies also need to be recognized for their tremendous efforts in providing programs and services to all sectors of our community,” notes Lee Zimmerman, Executive Director.
Established in 1984 by the Breckenridge Ski Area, The Summit Foundation is a community, public foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents and guests of Summit County and neighboring communities. Since it began distributing grants in 1986, The Foundation has awarded over $13 million in grants and scholarships. The cornerstone for The Foundation’s fundraising efforts is a transferable ski pass provided by Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Copper Mountain Resort, Keystone Resort and Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts. Additional funds are raised from a variety of annual special events including The Summit Foundation Golf Tournament, The Summit Foundation Mountain Art Gathering, the Summit County Parade of Homes and the Rubber Duck Race.
For additional information about The Foundation’s grant program, or about contributing to or volunteering with The Foundation, please call (970) 453-5970 or visit www.summitfoundation.org.