Legacy through Scholarship

The Community Foundation oversees 17 scholarship funds, each with its own legacy. This month we spotlight the Ruth Henderson Memorial Scholarship—a scholarship fund that has made significant impact for the student recipients and the communities in which they live.

Created in honor of Ruth Henderson, a kindergarten teacher who dedicated 40 years of her life to her profession, the Ruth Henderson Memorial Scholarship has awarded nearly $600,000 since its inception to students pursuing a degree in education. Awardees are all from Eastern Colorado.

Learn about Ruth’s heartwarming story and hear from one of this year’s scholars in our blog.

Scholarship Application Open

The Foundation’s scholarship application for the 2022-2023 school year is open! From January 15 until February 28, we invite current and upcoming college students to complete one general application that automatically matches them to the scholarship awards for which they qualify.

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2021 Henderson Scholar, Joey Gerk

Stepping Up for Boulder County Fire Victims

In the wake of the Boulder County fires, we are proud to recognize the many ways our Community Foundation family came together to support our neighbors to the south. From donating essential items, housing people, pets, and livestock, and providing financial support through the Community Foundation of Boulder County’s Wildfire Fund, our community showed up in a big way. Thank you for your care and compassion. Because of your contributions, the road to recovery will be easier for the thousands of individuals impacted by this disaster.

Credit: Jen Coet | Nearly 50 nonprofit partners attended our 2021 Rally to kick-off Colorado Gives Day. Featured here are Guided Hope (left) and the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County (right).

A Colorado Gives Day to Remember

For the 12th annual Colorado Gives Day, held December 7, 2021, Coloradans everywhere stepped up in droves to support local nonprofits, making this the most successful Colorado Gives Day to date. In Larimer County, 12,662 supporters donated to 201 local nonprofits, raising a total of $2,730,715! Well done, Larimer County!

As Colorado Gives Day regional champion for Larimer County, the Foundation hosted a Colorado Gives kick-off rally in November for participating nonprofits, awarding three organizations grants of $1,500 each. Colorado Kids Belong, Junior League Fort Collins, and Early Childhood Council of Larimer County were selected at random for these grants.

Community Fund Committees: Fort Collins and Loveland

Two communities served by the Community Foundation are Fort Collins and Loveland. The Foundation’s Community Fund Committees (CFCs) representing each city are responsible for recommending grants from unrestricted and field of interest funds to benefit their respective communities. Each fund has a distinct area of focus.

In 2021, the Fort Collins Community Fund Committee awarded $90,437 to nine initiatives and the Loveland Community Fund Committee awarded $57,500 to five projects. Congratulations to all grant recipients and thank you to the fund committees for your dedication, making these awards possible.

See all grant awardees below:

Fort Collins:Loveland:
Animal Friends AllianceGive Next Fund
Finally Home FoundationLoveland Housing Authority
Friends of Colorado Avalanche Information CenterNoCo Fires Fund
Give Next FundPulliam Community Building Foundation
Habitat for Humanity, Fort CollinsWarehouse Business Accelerator, Inc.
Mujeres de Colores
NoCo Fires Fund
Project Youth and Chamber Music (Off the Hook Arts)
Sustainable Living Association

Staff Update

The Foundation would like to congratulate Codi Farrar on her new position as Program Specialist and Executive Assistant! Transitioning from her role as Operations and IT Specialist, we know Codi will put her vast knowledge and project management skills to good use. Her new duties will include overseeing the Foundation’s scholarship program and providing support to Kristin Todd, president and CEO.


Celebration of Philanthropy – May 5, 2022

**Please note that due to venue capacity restrictions, tickets will be limited this year. Community Champions will receive priority invitation.**

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