Education Pathways to Employment Report

In a true regional collaboration, the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, The Weld Trust, and the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, in partnership with Colorado Succeeds, released the Northern Colorado Education Pathways to Employment report to the public.

Drafted in response to current and anticipated workforce development challenges, the report outlines what programs and resources exist for learners in Northern Colorado and identifies potential opportunities to support them in achieving career and post-secondary success. The report recognizes proactive workforce development as critical to the long-term vitality of Northern Colorado.

Community members gathered for a presentation last Friday, January 20, to learn more about the report’s findings and to discuss regional efforts to implement recommendations.

The Education Pathways to Employment report was funded, in part, by Community Champions.

More than 120 members of the community came out to High Country Beverage to learn more about the Northern Colorado Education Pahways to Employment report and its recommendations for proactive workforce development in the region. 

Stay the course: Intentional philanthropy is critical in a downturn

The Community Foundation is here to help you and your family fulfill your philanthropy goals even in a year when the stock market and economy are expected to be a bit bumpy.

Your family may be among those taking their charitable giving budgets more seriously this year, given the stock market’s challenges, rising interest rates, economic concerns, and anticipated cash crunches.

At the same time, unsurprisingly, community needs tend to rise during uncertain economic times. As 2023 gets into full swing, inflation, housing challenges, and economic uncertainty are pressuring people who are already vulnerable due to financial insecurity, illness, or disability. Nonprofits serving these populations need additional resources to meet the escalating demands.

To ensure you’re able to give in a meaningful way, consider planning a charitable giving strategy for the year ahead:

  • Review your donations over the past three years. Consider whether to keep certain organizations at historic giving levels or reallocate based on where dollars may be most helpful.
  • Identify the causes that are most important to you. Are there nonprofits you’ve supported you would like to know more about? The team at the Community Foundation would be happy to introduce you or provide more information about regional nonprofits.
  • Set targets for the amount you would like to provide each organization and plan the timing of your gifts.
  • Determine if you have tools you can leverage to make your giving go farther, like employer donation matching, or unique gifts to reduce your taxable income, like gifts of stock or a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA.

As always, the Community Foundation is your local resource for philanthropy. Please reach out to our team with any questions about how we can serve you.

Community Fund Committees award $367,580 to area nonprofits

The Community Foundation hosts a competitive grant process twice annually to benefit charitable projects serving Northern Colorado. Local, volunteer fund committees review nonprofit applications and select grant recipients in their respective communities. This month, the Berthoud, Estes Valley, Fort Collins, and Loveland Community Funds awarded 43 charitable organizations grants totaling $367,580.

“The Community Foundation is honored to support so many meaningful projects,” shared Director of Community Engagement and Communications, Claire Bouchard. “There are a great many opportunities to make an impact in our Northern Colorado community, and we are pleased to play a small part through our community grantmaking.”

Scholarship Application Open

The Community Foundation is honored to work with donors who make an impact on the lives of students from Northern Colorado and the Eastern Plains through scholarship funds established at the Foundation. The 2023-2024 scholarship application is now open, with awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. We invite current and incoming college students to complete one general application that automatically matches them to the scholarship awards for which they qualify. Deadline to apply: February 28.

Celebration of Philanthropy Preview

The Celebration of Philanthropy is the premier event in Northern Colorado where business leaders, community leaders, local nonprofits, and philanthropists come together to recognize and celebrate generosity in our region. Registration will open in February.


Thursday, May 4, 2023
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Embassy Suites
4705 Clydesdale Pkwy
Loveland, CO 80538


Join community-minded individuals and organizations at the 2023 Celebration of Philanthropy. The event sells out every year, so we invite you to review sponsorship levels and benefits and reserve yours today.




Colorado Gives Day Recap

CO Gives 2022For the 13th annual Colorado Gives Day, held December 6, 2022, more Northern Coloradoans stepped up than ever before to support local nonprofits. In Larimer County, 13,095 supporters donated to 235 local nonprofits, raising more than $2.6 million! Well done, Larimer County!

As Colorado Gives Day regional champion for Larimer County, the Foundation sponsored three grants of $1,000 each for participating nonprofits. SAVA Center, 3Hopeful Hearts, and FoCo Cafe were selected at random for these grants.

Upcoming Events

Celebration of Philanthropy – May 4, 2023

Breaking Good News NoCo

Showcase your success in our newsletter, on our website, and on social media

Good news is contagious, and we want to celebrate YOU! We invite 501(c)(3) organizations that serve Northern and Eastern Colorado residents to share a success story through Breaking Good News.

Community Champions

Through the support of Community Champions, the Community Foundation brings people and resources together to spark change, channel passion into action, and explore solutions. Learn more about Community Champions.