The Summit Foundation strives to inspire donors, build partnerships and mobilize resources to support community organizations in Summit County (and the surrounding communities) that foster health & human service, education, art & culture, sports & recreation and environmental stewardship.


Archive for August, 2015

Fall Grant Deadline October 21

Fall 2015 grant applications are due Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at noon. You’ll find the grant guidelines and application here.

Over the past two years, The Summit Foundation’s Board of Trustees has been working to identify ways the organization can improve its grant-making and better measure the impact and outcomes of grant allocations. As a result of this Initiative, The Summit Foundation’s funding categories changed this year from Art & Culture, Education, Environment, Health and Human Services and Sports and Recreation to “Impact Areas” that will Foster Healthy & Safe Communities, Create Bright Futures for Children & Youth, Encourage Community Engagement & Enrichment, Create Thriving Adult Communities, and Promote Environmental Stewardship.

The overall intent is to better quantify the impact of our grants – ultimately to grant smarter.  We anticipate this change will enable The Summit Foundation to better demonstrate the impacts of our grants to our donors and the community, as well as measure how well we are performing against our stated mission to improve the quality of life in Summit County and surrounding communities.

In addition to granting smarter, The Foundation is working to make the entire grant process more efficient for applying organizations. That includes launching an online application we anticipate will go live by spring 2016. We are also in the process of reviewing grant guidelines to ensure our objectives are clear and transparent.

Please feel free to contact The Summit Foundation’s Program Officer Megan Nuttelman with any questions regarding the application by emailing [email protected].

Philanthropy Award Nomination Forms Available

2015 Philanthropy Awards
nominations accepted through October 9

The Summit Foundation will recognize community members, businesses and organizations for their dedication to our community at a ceremony on Friday November 20, 2015.  The reception will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge.

The 25th annual celebration of National Philanthropy Day in Summit County will honor outstanding philanthropic and volunteer achievements in ten categories.  Celebrated throughout our country, National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the individuals and organizations whose contributions improve the quality of our lives, our communities, and our world.

Sponsored once again by Wells Fargo Bank and Climax Molybdenum, the evening is one of the most emotional and fulfilling events that The Summit Foundation hosts each year.  The achievements of both the nominees and winners demonstrate why we all feel so blessed to spend time in Summit County and be a part of the activities of the charitable organizations.  Over the past 24 years, 242 individuals, families, community organizations and businesses have been recognized for their generosity and support to our community.

Nominations for outstanding board members, citizens, educators, professionals, philanthropists, volunteers, youth, youth mentors, businesses and nonprofit organizations are welcome.

2015 Philanthropy Award Nomination Form

Form and Guidelines for the 2015 Collaboration Award Nomination Form

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, October 9, 2015.

2014 Philanthropy Awards

The 24th Annual Philanthropy Awards celebrated the vital contributions nonprofit organizations and individuals make to our mountain community.  Friends, colleagues, community and family members gathered at Keystone Conference Center to honor the 2014 Philanthropy Award recipients.  The event, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, Climax Molybdenum Company and The Summit Foundation, recognized and honored donors, volunteers, nonprofit leaders, and organizations for their commitment to the community through varying entities.

The 2014 awards were presented to Sha Miklas as Outstanding Board Member, Brian Edney as Outstanding Citizen, Lake Dillon Theatre Company as the Outstanding Community Organization, Ashley Smith as Outstanding Educator, Nubia Sanchez as Outstanding Professional in a Nonprofit Organization, Laura and Jerry Dziedzic as the Dr. Oliver Stonington Outstanding Philanthropists, Sue Rodgers as Outstanding Volunteer, Ben Hull as Outstanding Youth, Jeff Westcott as the David Olbright Outstanding Youth Mentor, and Conexiones received the Community Collaboration Award.  Including the 2014 recipients, 242 individuals, families, community organizations and businesses have been recognized for their generosity and support to our community over the past 24 years.

The 2014 Philanthropy Awards Program recognizes 2013 and prior recipients.

Thanks again to our Philanthropy Award celebration sponsors:


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