In December of 2015, community leaders from Eastern Colorado formalized an arrangement for the creation of the Eastern Colorado Community Fund – a component fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado.
Eastern Colorado Community Fund
Community leaders in Eastern Colorado have partnered with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado to create the Eastern Colorado Community Fund (ECCF). The ECCF will have its own distinct identity and a full-time director in an Eastern Colorado office. All funds established to benefit Eastern Colorado communities — whether Donor Advised, Scholarship, Designated, Field of Interest, or Unrestricted — will be part of the ECCF portfolio of funds. Administrative fees charged to those funds will support ongoing expenses related to the Eastern Colorado office and director. A local ECCF board comprised of two members from each participating county will be responsible for grantmaking from unrestricted funds in the ECCF portfolio of funds.
Donors are encouraged to consider leaving a lasting legacy for Eastern Colorado through major gifts 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.
Eastern Colorado Cornerstone Campaign
The ECCF board has established the Eastern Colorado Cornerstone Campaign to fund expenses related to the creation of a local office and the hiring of a director. The goal is to raise $1 million for the Cornerstone Campaign and set the stage for building charitable resources for the future of our region. To donate to the Eastern Colorado Cornerstone Campaign, click here.
Because Eastern Colorado is a large geographic area, this initial campaign will focus on Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties. Over time, the geographic service area will expand to include all of Colorado’s Eastern Plains.
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. Click here for information.
In the News
- Maximize your donations with these end-of-year giving tips, Sterling Journal-Advocate, November 12, 2019
- Endowment fund tops $1 million, Sterling Journal-Advocate, July 27, 2019
- Logan County Nurses Scholarship winners announced, Sterling Journal-Advocate, June 20, 2019
- Gala auction tops $60,000, Sterling Journal-Advocate, June 3, 2019
- Donor Spotlight: Al and Rhoda Renzelman Vo-Ag Fund, Journal-Advocate, August 23, 2018
- Celebrating Philanthropy, Journal-Advocate, May 24, 2018
- A Year of success for the Eastern Colorado Community Fund, Julesburg Advocate, January 28, 2018
- ECCF helping to see money stays within county, Akron News Reporter, October 4, 2017
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: