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Archive for December, 2013

The Summit Foundation awards $723,487 in Fall 2013 grants

At the December 2013 Board of Trustees meeting, The Summit Foundation Board of Trustees allocated $723,487 in funding to 44 nonprofit agencies providing services in Summit, Grand, Park, and Lake Counties through 47 grant awards.

The Summit Foundation specifically partnered with Vail Resorts Echo on grants totaling $80,000 to three nonprofit organizations including Early Childhood Options, Education Foundation of the Summit, and Summit County Government Youth and Family Services.

Many of The Foundation’s grant awards are possible due to generous contributions made by our local ski areas, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Copper Mountain Resort and Vail Resorts, through their annual donation of transferable ski privileges which result in over $900,000 in contributions to The Foundation each year.

The 2013 Fall grant awards totaled $25,325 more than those awarded in December of 2012.  Nearly 47 percent of the grant allocations went to 15 health and human service agencies and programs that received over $338,000. Twelve organizations offering educational programs and services received $193,530. Seven art and culture organizations received a total of $97,500, which was a 25 percent increase over the art and culture grants awarded in December of 2012. Two environmental organizations received a combined total of $26,000.  $20,500 was awarded to two nonprofit sports and recreation organizations. In addition, The Foundation presented $47,759 to six organizations responsible for programs or projects in neighboring Grand, Park and Lake Counties.  Grants were awarded from The Foundation and several donor advised funds including the Finkel Family Advised Fund, Follett Advised Fund, The Highlands at Breckenridge Advised Fund, The Keltner Family Fund, The Lenzmeier/Williams Advised Fund, Summit Association of Realtors Charitable Fund, and The Jack and Pat Thomas Advised Fund.

Visit this page for the grant award details.

Since its inception in 1984, The Summit Foundation has awarded over $18.4 million in grant and scholarship awards to nonprofits operating in Summit, Lake, Park and Grand Counties and to local high school graduates pursuing post-secondary education.

Spring 2014 Grant applications are due April 11, 2014.

Youth Giving Council awards Fall 2013 grants

In December, the Youth Giving Council at Summit High School awarded $8,510 in grants to 16 local nonprofit and student organizations.  Comprised of students from the Summit High School Leadership class, the Youth Giving Council was created in Fall 2012 by The Summit Foundation.  The group focuses on teaching youth about philanthropy while allowing high school students to participate in the grant process.

The Summit Foundation’s Events & Marketing Coordinator Elisabeth Lawrence and Trustee Gini Bradley led the students through creating a funding priority, developing a grant application, determining a deadline for submission, and then sharing the opportunity with local nonprofits and student groups.  Groups applied to the Council for mini-grants (up to $1,000) that would have a significant impact on Summit County youth.  The Council then reviewed the applications and determined their grant award amounts.  This is the second cycle of grant awards for the Youth Giving Council.

Funds awarded by the Youth Giving Council have been provided through a partnership among The Summit Foundation, Breckenridge Grand Vacations and The Summit Foundation’s ski area partners.  The Summit Foundation provides program funding in the interest of teaching youth about philanthropy in our community.  Breckenridge Grand Vacations awarded a grant to the Youth Giving Council.  And Vail Resorts, Copper Mountain Resort, and Arapahoe Basin Ski Area provided The Summit Foundation the opportunity to sell one additional patron pass with transferrable ski privileges specifically to raise funds for the Youth Giving Council.

The students awarded grants to these groups for the following projects:

After Prom Committee – scholarships for youth to attend and entertainment for the evening

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center – Adaptive Ski program for Summit County Youth

Dillon Valley Elementary Math Olympiad – afterschool math enrichment program

Dillon Valley Elementary Folkloric Dance Group – costumes for the Folkloric Dance program

Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America – youth soccer and nutrition clinic

Girl Scout Troop 4061 – Soda Creek greenbelt bluebird enhancement

High Country Conservation Center – Summit CSA internship

Keystone Science School – Fourth Grade Astronomy program in Summit School District

Summit High School ELA & Math Departments – Calculator lending lab

Summit High School Special Education – Adaptive Ski program at BOEC

Summit Middle School 6th Grade Language Arts – Leveled library

Summit Cove Elementary – scholarships for SOS program

Summit High Tech Club – Solar Rollers competition

Summit in Honduras – Spanish Honor Society volunteer trip

Upper Blue Elementary Family Literacy – children’s class while parents attend ESL class with Colorado Mountain College

Upper Blue Elementary Art of Giving – afterschool art and culture club

The Youth Giving Council members and their respective grades are: Valentina Blass (11th), Emily Carlson (11th), Morgan Courtney (11th), Rachel Fitch (11th), Joel Gomez (12th), Natalie Gray (9th), Meg Heil (12th), Tom Kalina (10th), Claire MacMurray (11th), Cait McCluskie (10th), Bailey Radek (10th), and Billy Wilcox (11th).

Grant applications for the Youth Giving Council’s Spring 2014 cycle will be available in February 2014.

For more information, contact The Summit Foundation at 970.453.5970.

Support Summit County nonprofits on Colorado Gives Day

The fourth annual Colorado Gives Day will take place on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Community First Foundation and FirstBank have partnered on this initiative since inception three years ago, distributing $8.7 million to Colorado nonprofits in 2010, $12.8 million in 2011, and $15.7 million in 2012.

As one of over a dozen nonprofits in Summit County registered with “ColoradoGives,” The Summit Foundation will be eligible to receive donations through this annual event.  Colorado Gives Day officially begins at 12am on Tuesday, December 10 and ends at midnight the same day, however donations may be pre-scheduled beginning November 1st.  Donations given through the website will be directed to the charities specified by the donor.  Credit card and processing fees will be covered by Community First Foundation, FirstBank and other sponsors to ensure 100 percent of Colorado Gives Day donations go directly to participating nonprofit organizations.

In addition to The Summit Foundation, Summit County and neighboring community-based organizations eligible to receive contributions through Colorado Gives Day include Advocates for Victims of Assault, Animal Rescue of the Rockies, Backstage Theatre, Boys and Girls Club of South Park, Breckenridge Music Festival, Colorado West Regional Mental Health, CASA of the Continental Divide, Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, Continental Divide Land Trust, Domus Pacis Family Respite, Family & Intercultural Resource Center, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, High Country Conservation Center, Lake Dillon Theatre Company, National Repertory Orchestra, Rocky Mountain Rural Health, SOS Outreach, Summit Community Care Clinic, Summit Public Radio & TV, and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.

The Summit Foundation raises funds to support nonprofit organizations and students throughout Summit, Lake, Park and Grand Counties.  In 2012, $2.2 million was awarded by The Summit Foundation to 90 nonprofit organizations and 100 local high school graduates.

To donate to The Summit Foundation on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 10, or to pre-schedule a contribution prior to that Tuesday, visit the following website and select the “Donate” button:

For more information, contact The Summit Foundation.



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