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Archive for December, 2016

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Summit County Cares: working to raise $50,000 by December 31

Donate to the Summit County Cares fund

The Summit County Cares fund is the largest emergency assistance fund in the County. One hundred percent of the money raised through this campaign is used to pay rent, utility and medical bills for locals unable to provide the basic needs. Money is collected through The Summit Foundation and assists clients of Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC), Advocates for Victims of Assault, Summit Community Care Clinic and Social Services.

Last year over 400 hundred locals were helped with these funds. Even though the economy is improving, the high cost of living makes Summit County a very difficult place to raise a family. Seasonal jobs make it challenging to establish savings and many families are one emergency away from not being able to afford the basic needs.

“Many Summit County families live paycheck to paycheck,” said FIRC Executive Director, Tamara Drangstveit. “If their child gets sick and they have to miss work or an unexpected medical bill arises, many of our neighbors are faced with difficult decisions on how to afford the basic needs.  Summit County Cares is vital to make sure that working class families can continue to be able to live and work here.”

Most of the families that receive assistance just need one-time financial support to get caught up on their bills and are often able to be stable again. This assistance plays a big role in the future success of that family and the overall vitality of our community. Eighty percent of the families that receive this assistance report improving from a crisis to a place of stability within six months of getting help.

This is the 8th year the local media has spearheaded this campaign. Always Mountain Time, Comcast Spotlight, Krystal 93 and Summit Daily News donate thousands of dollars of advertising to inform the community of the fundraiser and the challenges local families face. Several businesses including Bagalis, Blue River Bistro and The Boatyard are participating in Dine Out to Donate on December 10.  Father Dyer United Methodist Church is donating a portion of their Christmas Eve offering to support the cause. In addition, Breckenridge Restaurant Association’s Fall Dining Passport Sales will benefit the cause. These events

Donations are accepted year-round for Summit County Cares. This fundraiser’s success is essential to supporting our neighbors in need. Thank you to all who were able to give this past holiday season.

Donate to the Summit County Cares fund

When the unexpected happens, Summit County Cares is here to help.

For more information please contact Anita at 970-262-3888 ext. 306 or email [email protected]

TSF invests over $1 Million in the community

The Summit Foundation recently distributed $1,082,300 in grant awards to local nonprofits providing critical services in Summit County and our neighboring communities, bringing The Summit Foundation’s total 2016 community grant allocations to over $1.7 million.

About half of the fall cycle grants were committed to helping working families, including nonprofits that offer family support services, access to affordable healthcare, basic needs, early childhood education programs, and other assistance to alleviate the high cost of living and help families thrive. The wide-range of support also included financial assistance for school-age children to participate in a variety of activities such as academic enrichment programs, arts outreach, after-school care, sports and recreation, and summer programs.

“The strong fabric of any community is that people are able to live and play where they work, and it is critical that we do everything we can to support our working families so they can enjoy and be a part of everything our community has to offer,” said Jeanne Bistranin, Executive Director of The Summit Foundation. “Even a little bit of support can make a world of difference in making ends meet at the end of the month.”

Vail Resorts EpicPromise also partnered with The Summit Foundation to support six grants for high quality early childhood programs. In addition, Vail Resorts have annually partnered with Copper Mountain Resort and Arapahoe Basin to support The Summit Foundation’s Youth Giving Council, a hands-on program where high school students learn about philanthropy by reviewing grant proposals and ultimately making tough decisions on where the money should be distributed. This month, the youth stayed within budget, awarding nine grants totaling $10,000 for school-based needs and youth programming.

These grants were made possible by over 3,000 generous individuals who provide donations to The Summit Foundation. A portion of gifts made to the Millisor Memorial Fund and Peaks Society Fund were also allocated to fulfill the fall cycle grant requests. In addition, several Donor Advised Funds held with The Summit Foundation helped fill critical gaps in funding in order to leverage support and offer as many services as possible.

A full list of grants follows.



$168,600 AWARDED

Breckenridge Backstage Theatre – Production of Billy Elliot and School of Rock

Breckenridge Music Festival – Education and Community Engagement Program

Lake Dillon Theatre Company – Programming for 2017 Season, Education and Outreach Programs, Capital

National Repertory Orchestra – Education and Community Engagement Program

Summit Concert Band –  Music at the Summit Adult Band Institute

Alpenglow Chamber Music Festivals – Programming and Scholarships

Summit County Arts Council – Community Educational Outreach Programs

Summit Fine Arts for Youth – Professional and Community Musician Interaction Program

Summit Youth Orchestra – Scholarships

National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum – Collections Database



$468,700 AWARDED

After Prom Committee Summit High School – 6th Annual After Prom

Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center – Programming for Summit and Park County Students

Breckenridge Montessori – Tuition Assistance for Local Families

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center  – Scholarships and Capital Support

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver – Summit County Child Care Community Outreach Specialist

Colorado Mountain College Foundation – Assistance for Family Literacy Programs

Early Childhood Options – Healthy Childcare Program

Easter Seals Colorado – Summit County Summer Camp Programming

Education Foundation of the Summit – Grants to Teachers and Innovative Reading Programs

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

High Country Soccer Association – Financial Assistance for Low-Income Participants

Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain – Destination Success for Middle School Students

Keystone Science School – Summit Middle School Transitions, CATCH Afterschool and Summer Camp

Lake Dillon Preschool – Tuition Assistance and Capital Support

Park County Public Library – Programming Support

SOS Outreach – Program Support for Underserved Youth in Summit County and Leadville

South Park Early Childhood Park County School District RE2 – Program Support

Summit County Mountain Mentors – Program Support

Summit County Preschool – Tuition Assistance and Capital Support

Summit Rugby – Financial Assistance for Low-Income Youth

Summit School District-Preschool Program – Tuition Assistance for Low-Income Families

The National Inventors Hall of Fame – Scholarships for Local Students to Attend Camp Invention

The Peak School – Tuition Assistance for Students Demonstrating Financial Need

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts – Equipment and Local Programming

YouthEntity – Financial Literacy Workshops for Summit County Students



$58,500 AWARDED

Colorado Mountain Club – Trail Improvement and Resource Protection Project in Grand County

Colorado Trail Foundation – Trail Improvement in Summit, Lake and Park Counties

Continental Divide Land Trust – Iron Springs Easement Project

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District – Volunteer Trail Projects and Youth Education Programs

High Country Conservation Center – Program to Encourage Energy Efficiency for Working Families

Mountain Area Land Trust – Trail Project in Fairplay

Vail Pass Task Force – Winter Trail Grooming



$386,500 AWARDED

Advocates for Victims of Assault – Support to Assist Domestic Violence Victims, Suicide Prevention Fund

Advocates of Lake County – Support to Assist Domestic Violence Victims

Bethany Immigration Services – Operating Support to Aid Immigrants

CASA of the Continental Divide – Operating Support to Help Abused Children  

Family & Intercultural Resource Center – Operating support to Help Working Families

Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center – Summit and Lake County education programs

Horizons Specialized Services – Grand County Family Support program

Lake County Community Fund – Operating Support to Help Launch the Community Fund

Mind Springs Health – Summit Safe Haven Detox Center

Mountain Family Center – West Grand County Program

Outdoor Mindset – Financial Assistance for Participants

Rocky Mountain Rural Health – Program Support for Affordable Healthcare

South Park Seniors – Free Lunch on Wednesdays for Seniors

Summit Community Care Clinic – Operating Support to Provide Affordable and Accessible Healthcare

Summit County Coroner’s Office – Survivor Support Program

Summit Rotary Charitable Fund – Community Dinner

Wounded Heroes Family Adventures – Support for Veterans and Their Families

The following donor advised and endowment funds held at The Summit Foundation provided additional funding to support many of these grant requests.

Brunetti Family Advised Fund

Finkel Family Advised Fund

Follett Endowment Fund

Hankison Family Advised Fund

The Highlands at Breckenridge Advised Fund

The Keltner Family Fund

The Lenzmeier/Williams Advised Fund

The Millisor Family Fund

Millisor Memorial Fund

Peaks Society Fund

Spiers Family Advised Fund

Swedish Family Advised Fund



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