In December of 2015, community leaders from Eastern Colorado formalized an arrangement for the creation of the Eastern Colorado Community Fund (ECCF) – a component fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado.
The ECCF provides community foundation services to everyone in Eastern Colorado.
We are in the midst of the largest transfer of wealth in history, as heirs move away from rural America. This wealth is often forever lost from these rural communities. If just a small percentage of inter-generational wealth was gifted back to its community of origin, it could provide substantial dollars for long-term community benefit.
Eastern Colorado Community Fund
The ECCF has its own distinct identity and a full-time Eastern Colorado director, currently based in Haxtun, CO. All funds established to benefit Eastern Colorado communities — whether Donor Advised, Scholarship, Designated, Field of Interest, or Unrestricted — are part of the Eastern Colorado portfolio of funds. A local ECCF advisory board – comprised of two members from six Northeastern Colorado counties – is responsible for grantmaking from the unrestricted portion of ECCF portfolio of funds.
Donors are encouraged to consider leaving a lasting legacy for Eastern Colorado through major gifts such as real estate, mineral rights, water rights, and estate gifts. Over the long term, these gifts will strengthen future generations in the areas of education, the arts, recreation, healthcare, entrepreneurship, and more. These community assets will provide the basis for creating and retaining jobs, attracting new commercial ventures, and expanding existing businesses and industry. The combined effect will be heightened opportunities and economic growth across the region.
Sterling Community Fund
The Sterling Community Fund is an endowment created by local residents to provide a sustainable funding source for projects that make Logan County a more attractive place to live, raise a family, establish a business, and retire. Visit the Sterling Community Fund page for information.
Contact ECCF Director, John Chapdelaine with any questions or to learn more.
In the News
- Unreins support Sterling Community Fund as a way to invest in Logan County’s future, Sterling Journal-Advocate, February 9
- RE-1 Valley Foundation Transfers Legacy Responsibilities to Community Foundation, December 13
- Timothy Kloberdanz, author with local roots to hold book signing event, Sterling Journal-Advocate, October 3
- Final Gala Brings In Over $380,000, Sterling Journal-Advocate, September 16
- Jackson Insurance celebrating 60 years of community involvement, Sterling Journal-Advocate, August 30
- Propsts supporting Sterling Community Fund so others can enjoy the area’s small community feeling, Sterling Journal-Advocate, August 26
- Sterling Correctional Facility inmates contributing to Gala decor, Sterling Journal-Advocate, August 22
- OPINION: Sterling Community Fund a vehicle to support hometown from elsewhere, Sterling Journal-Advocate, August 16
- Sterling Community Fund auction to feature something for everyone, Sterling Journal-Advocate, August 12
- Downtown revitalization spurred Wagners to support Sterling Community Fund, Sterling Journal-Advocate, August 9
- Celebration, ribbon cutting mark opening of downtown Sterling’s Heritage Park, Sterling Journal-Advocate, August 2
- Chapdelaine helps others leave a legacy, Sterling Journal-Advocate, March 31, 2022
- Fund hits major milestone: $2 million, Sterling Journal-Advocate, January 3, 2022
- ‘Why’ the Sterling Community Fund?, Sterling Journal-Advocate, July 12, 2021
- NJC Foundation partners with ECCF, Sterling Journal Advocate, June 4, 2021
Eastern Colorado Community Fund Board of Directors
Brandon Biesemeier (Chair)
Thanks to the community leaders who initiated the Eastern Colorado Community Fund and shaped its vision: