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Archive for December, 2015

Record-breaking $1 Million awarded in Fall 2015 Grants


At their December 2015 meeting, The Summit Foundation Board of Trustees allocated $1,035,875 in grant awards to nonprofit agencies providing services in Summit, Grand, Park, and Lake Counties. An additional $63,080 was provided to these organizations through the generosity of donor advised funds; including the Brunetti Family Advised Fund, Hankison Family Advised Fund, The Keltner Family Fund, and The Lenzmeier/Williams Advised Fund

A grand total of $1,098,955 was given away to 59 nonprofit agencies making an impact in Summit County and neighboring communities. This was the largest disbursement The Summit Foundation has ever given in a grant cycle. This has been a very good year for The Summit Foundation,” said Mike Schilling, President of the Board of Trustees. “We had record-breaking donations, successful events, and of course the generous bequest from Norm Ringhand.  Together with our donors we were able to reach this milestone and share the generosity with the community.”

The Summit Foundation specifically partnered with Vail Resorts EpicPromise on three grants totaling $97,800. The organizations benefiting included Summit School District Preschool program, Family & Intercultural Resource Center, and Early Childhood Options. Additionally, 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 $1 million in contributions to The Foundation each year.

Compared to the Fall 2014 grant cycle, $259,789 more dollars were distributed and 11 more organizations received support. “Our Grants Committee works really hard to perform the due diligence on these nonprofits,” said Schilling. “Each of these grantees are well-managed and committed to making a difference in their area of expertise. All of them have been vetted thoroughly and consistently.”  The Committee spends over a month reviewing grant applications and making site visits to meet with representatives. “The Summit Foundation is able to look at each Area of Impact collectively and determine the most pressing needs,” said Jeanne Bistranin, Executive Director of The Summit Foundation. “We are in a unique position to fund a variety of issues that impact the quality of life in our community, from basic needs to family support, youth programs to education enrichment, environment and arts and culture. Our reach is broad and collectively covers all of the qualities that make our community so unique and beautiful.”

The Summit Foundation is grateful for such a supportive community of donors and committed organizations. “We describe our work as Helping People to Help People”, said Schilling. “I love this phrase because it describes the community coming together to make a difference, and that’s exactly what we do. We distribute what people are able to donate. It remains to be seen whether we will be able to sustain this level of generosity, but in the meantime, we celebrate this milestone. We thank our thousands of donors, and we thank the nonprofits for their tireless efforts.”

Below is a listing of each of the organizations that received a grant in the Fall 2015 grant cycle.


TOTAL GRANTED: $1,098,955

When noted below, funding also provided by:

B             Brunetti Family Advised Fund

H            Hankison Family Advised Fund

K             The Keltner Family Fund

LW         The Lenzmeier/Williams Advised Fund

VR          Vail Resorts EpicPromise Partner Grant


Create Bright Futures for Children & Youth

Focus: To nurture and prepare children and youth (ages 0-18) to succeed in education and in life.

$500,130 GRANTED


  • After Prom – Support for the 5th annual after prom event for Summit High School students.


  • Boy Scout Troop 188 – Support for the purchase of lightweight sleeping bags and backpacks.


  • Boy Scout Venturing Crew 888 – Support for the purchase the purchase of lightweight sleeping bags and backpacks.


  • Breckenridge Montessori – Support for the tuition assistance program.


  • Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center – Support for Securing the Future Capital Campaign, scholarships for Summit County residents, and equipment.  LW


  • CATCH – Support for the CATCH Afterschool program and Summer CATCH Camp.


  • Catholic Charities Denver – Support for the Child Care Community Outreach Specialist position impacting Silverthorne, Dillon, and Frisco.


  • YouthEntity – Support for personal financial literacy programs for Summit School District 5th grade students.


  • Cub Scout Pack 186 – Support to help send cub scouts on retreat to Keystone Science School.


  • Early Childhood Options – Support for the Healthy Child Care Program. B,K,VR


  • Easter Seals – Support to train organizations in Summit County to effectively serve disabled youth as outlined in your proposal.


  • Education Foundation of the Summit – Support for the Grants to Teachers program. B


  • High Country Soccer Association – Financial assistance for your low-income Summit County soccer participants.


  • Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain –Support for youth development programming for Summit School District students during the 2015/16 school year. C


  • Keystone Science School – Support for Summit Middle School Transitions Program. K


  • Lake Dillon Preschool – Support for final phase of repairs to Lake Dillon Preschool.


  • SOS Outreach – Support for sports-based youth development programs benefiting Summit and Leadville youth.


  • Summit County Preschool – Support for painting needs, tuition assistance, CCCAP tuition gap, and support for a cook.


  • Summit County Youth & Family Services – Support for the Mountain Mentors program. B,H


  • Summit Fine Arts for Youth – Support for Professional Musician and Community Interaction program, SHS Piano Lab Capital Improvement Project, and SHS Guitar Capital Improvement Project. H
  • Summit Rugby – Support and expand existing programs and outreach.


  • Summit School District Preschool – Tuition assistance for low-income Summit School District Preschool participants. VR


  • Summit Stix Lacrosse Club – Scholarships for low-income youth to participate in programming.


  • The Peak School – Tuition assistance for families in need.


Neighboring Community Support

  •  Grand Beginnings – Support Child Care Resource and Referral Services in West Grand County.


  • Grand Futures Preventions Coalition – Support a student Teen Council in West Grand High School.


  • Park Alliance for Young Children – General operating support .


  • Park County Public Library – Programming to improve literacy and cognitive skills.


  • Partnership for Lake County Recreation – Support the renovation and revitalization of West Park Elementary play yard.


  • South Park Early Childhood, Park County School District RE-2 – Support for South Park Early Childhood Services and Parents As Teachers program.


Encourage Community Engagement & Enrichment

Focus: To support diverse artistic and cultural programs and experiences that enrich our community and foster appreciation, especially among youth and underserved audiences.

$165,500 GRANTED


  • Alpenglow – Support for two public concerts and the high school concert/workshop. K


  • Backstage Theatre, Inc. – Support for the Student Theatre Enrichment Program, The Little Mermaid Jr and Chicago.


  • Breckenridge Music Festival – Support for the Education and Community Engagement program. LW


  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation – Support for Developmental Education program and Leadership Summit.


  • Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts – Program support and capital support for the New Silverthorne Performing Arts Center. LW


  • National Repertory Orchestra – Support of the Education & Community Engagement Program and the Free Community Concert.


  • Summit Concert Band – Support for Music at the Summit Adult Band Institute. H


  • Summit County Arts Council – Support to expanded activities for educational outreach program.


Neighboring Community Support


  • National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum – Support for the purchase of interpretive signs.


Foster Healthy & Safe Communities

Focus: To assist residents and visitors of all ages to live healthy, safe, and independent lives through providing quality health and human service support systems.

$397,825  GRANTED

  •  Advocates for Victims of Assault, Inc. – Support for staffing and Suicide Prevention Counseling Program.


  • Bethany Immigration Services – General operating support.


  • CASA of the Continental Divide – Support for the child advocacy program. H


  • Family & Intercultural Resource Center – Programming support and capital support. B,K,VR


  • Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center funding the “Know Before You Go” avalanche education program and avalanche forecast operations in Summit County


  • Mind Springs Health       support of the operations of Summit Safe Haven


  • Summit Community Care Clinic – General operating funds to support additional unreimbursed health services offered to residents of Summit County.


  • Summit County Office of the Coroner – Support for on-call Survivor Support Services staff position.


  • Summit Rotary Charitable Fund – Support for the Community Dinner.


Neighboring Community Support

  •  Advocates of Lake County – General operating support.


  • Mountain Family Center – Support for West Grand county residents and visitors with healthier more accessible service support systems.


  • Mountain Valley Developmental Services – Program support for Leadville adults and children with developmental disabilities.


  • Park County Senior Coalition – Support to expand current meal program.


  • Rocky Mountain Rural Health – Support to expand patient/client navigation and non-emergency medical transport services to residents in Fairplay and Alma


  • South Park Seniors, Inc. – Support to expand meal program.


Promote Environment Stewardship

Focus: To invest in community environments and the protections and preservation of natural resources so that residents and visitors have safe, welcoming, and accessible places to live, work, and play.


$35,500 GRANTED


  • Continental Divide Land Trust – New database.


  • Friends of the Dillon Ranger District – Support for volunteer and youth stewardship projects. LW


  • High Country Conservation Center – Summit Saves water conservation program and capital expansion for your Summit CSA local food program.


Neighboring Community Support


  • Colorado Mountain Club – Support for Wolford Special Recreation Management Area project.


  • Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas – Support for Headwaters Ranch Fishing Access project.








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