NoCo Foundation to host Feb. 6 convening to discuss the magic and pressures of Northern Colorado

The NoCo Foundation invites you to gain a better understanding of where our region is today with population growth, innovation and collaboration, and the many intersections of our community.

We hope you’ll join us Tuesday, February 6 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Loveland for an exclusive preview of our first-ever well-being report – Northern Colorado Intersections: Pursuing Regional Well-Being. Tickets are $25 per person and include breakfast and parking.

This event includes a robust conversation with policymakers and subject matter experts.

Mayoral Conversation, facilitated by Ken Amundson, BizWest:
Jeni Arndt, Fort Collins
John Gates, Greeley
Paul Rennemeyer, Windsor
Jacki Marsh, Loveland

Sector Panel, facilitated by Erin O’Toole, KUNC:
Education: Andy Feinstein, UNC President
Business: Jay Dokter, Founder of The Forge and Warehouse Accelerator
Government: Raymond Lee, Greeley City Manager
Nonprofit: Tracy Mead, Executive Director of Project Self Sufficiency and the Nonprofit Sector Partnership

The panels will discuss:

  • Key findings from the report that affect the well-being of Larimer and Weld Counties.
  • Challenges and opportunities—intersections—facing our region.
  • Next steps to creating positive, lasting change for Northern Colorado.

We hope to see you there! Register today.

Sharpening focus so even more Northern Colorado youth can reach their full potential

This fall, high school senior and participant of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Larimer County (BGCLC), Melissa Wong created a music appreciation program at the Harmony Village Club. As part of the BGCLC’s Workforce Leadership program, Wong secured a paid internship to help lead Club programs and mentor youth, and in this case, channel her love and knowledge of music to create a new program. “Working with kids that I’m impacting as a role model has helped me develop leadership qualities that will be extremely helpful to me in my career and as a person,” Wong said.

Melissa Wong, pictured third from left, created a music appreciation program as part of her paid internship with the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County.

According to BGCLC Chief Executive Officer Allison Hines, the Workforce Leaders Program is just one way that BGCLC helps the youth they serve reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Wong was part of the more than 2,000 youth that the BGCLC served in Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington and Estes Park this past year. “We want to continue to look at how we can expand our reach and ensure that families who need us the most have access to our programs,” said Hines.

That’s why the BGCLC is embarking on a Strategic Operational planning process or a StratOp – to serve more youth and their families. “Our main focus is to build our capacity, while leveraging the high-quality programming we’re already doing with a focus on workforce and career development, leadership, athletics, and tween and teen programming,” Hines said.

The StratOp will sharpen the BGCLC’s focus, better define their priorities, and determine what needs to be tackled now, and what the organization can stop doing. “With the pandemic, everything was moving quickly, and we were responding to immediate community needs; now we want to be more intentional on how we grow our services,” Hines said.

“In December, we evaluated our current programs and capacity for growth in order to better meet the needs of teens in our community and develop a plan for expansion that focuses on mission alignment and the best utilization of our existing resources,” she added.

The StratOp process is one of the capacity building consulting services that the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado offers through its Organizational Enhancement Matching Program to local nonprofits.

This program allowed the BGCLC to jump start their planning and goal setting and look at things “from a 30,000-foot view” as they grow programs, facilities and capacity.

This matching program is just one way the NoCo Foundation is empowering our community to achieve a better life for all.

The NoCo Foundation – Community is our Business.

Partners for Good: Full-Service Philanthropy for Professional Advisors

You might have a professional advisor that you trust. Or, you may be a professional advisor who knows the value of building a trusted relationship with your client.

The NoCo Foundation has earned the trust of many professional advisors as a full-service philanthropic resource. We work alongside and directly with attorneys, CPAs, financial planners, brokers, insurance agents, estate planners, and more to develop philanthropic strategies that is rewarding for clients, advisors, and the community.

Here are the top five ways we partner with professional advisors:

  • Connections: The NoCo Foundation can connect your clients to the issues that matter most to them, and the hundreds of trusted nonprofit organizations working to solve them.

  • Individually Managed Accounts Option: Our outside investment management opportunities mean our partnerships are mutually beneficial.

  • Convenient Back-Office Services: Our team of professionals handles all the administrative oversight of your client’s giving, including vetting, distributing, accounting, receipting, and reporting.

  • Expertise: We provide up-to-date knowledge and assistance on tax-advantaged charitable vehicles, complex gifts, estate planning, family philanthropy and more.

  • Networking and Education: Our free continuing education seminars and quarterly newsletter help professional advisors stay on top of charitable giving trends.

You can help create a positive difference in your community by connecting your professional advisor with us. Email Director of Development and Philanthropic Services James Hamilton to get connected, learn more, or schedule a time to meet.

Remembering Philanthropic Champion and Community Leader Paul Newendorp

Dr. Paul Newendorp, with his wife, Donna.

Dr. Paul Newendorp, an Estes Park philanthropist who believed in the power of giving to help charities meet the needs of others, died at age 87 in December after a long struggle with dementia and cancer.

Paul was instrumental in growing the Estes Valley Community Fund, one of the NoCo Foundation’s endowment funds which supports the Estes Valley with a funding source for long-term community benefit. Paul and his wife of 65-years Rev. Donna Newendorp, a retired United Methodist Minister are members of the NoCo Foundation’s Legacy Society, which recognizes all those who have extended their charitable giving beyond their lifetime. Today, his son Mark serves as a member of the NoCo Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

A friend of nature, he was a trusted volunteer for the Forest Service and Rocky Mountain National Park and spent many summers on a trail crew building the Colorado Trail. Paul helped start the Estes Valley Community Garden, which grew out of a book study group he led that focused on environmental and sustainability issues. Today the community garden enriches the social and environmental health of Estes Valley residents through the celebration of health, fresh produce, and community spirit.

He began his career in 1959 as a petroleum engineer and was a recognized leader in the petroleum industry. His best-selling book became the standard reference in the field of petroleum exploration and risk analysis. He received a Bachelor of Science, Masters, and Doctorate in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

“Paul’s legacy in Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, and by extension, Northern Colorado, cannot be overstated. His impact and imprint are all around us. Philanthropists aspire to have this kind of reach; Paul’s generosity and love will continue to have huge ripple effects for generations,” said Kristin Todd, President and CEO of the NoCo Foundation.

In a letter that Paul and Donna wrote to the NoCo Foundation in 2020 about becoming Legacy Members, they gave the following advice to future generations, “this pandemic has shown us so much inequality in our culture. We believe it’s important to try to make a better world for all our people. We hope our charitable family fund continues through children and grandchildren.”

Community Impact Soars with New Milestone

Food security. Housing assistance. Emergency response. These and other high impact services are supported by the NoCo Foundation’s donors; and while the region’s population is growing, so is community generosity. The NoCo Foundation is thrilled to announce it now stewards more than $200 million in donor funds, ensuring generations of nonprofit support for our six County region.

The NoCo Foundation was established in 1975 to receive donor funds and distribute them to community programs and services. In 2017, 42 years after the NoCo Foundation was founded, it was stewarding $100 million in donor funds, and now, just seven years later, it stewards $200 million.

In 2023, the NoCo Foundation celebrated its biggest grantmaking year of $10.66 million. “Community impact is soaring thanks to generous donors who believe in Northern Colorado’s future; together, we are here for those who need us, forever”, states Kristin Todd, President and CEO of the NoCo Foundation. For more information on how you can impact your community for generations to come, please visit

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 later this spring.


Thursday, May 9, 2023
4:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Embassy Suites
4705 Clydesdale Pkwy
Loveland, CO 80538


Join community-minded individuals and organizations at the 2024 Celebration of Philanthropy. The event sells out every year, so we invite you to review sponsorship levels and benefits and reserve yours today.



Upcoming Events

Intersections Report Launch – February 6, 2024

SAVE THE DATE! Celebration of Philanthropy – May 9, 2024