(L-R) Suzanne Peterson, Ann Lance & Tara Streeb of Teaching Tree, and Mary Gullikson
The challenges of today can feel daunting– population growth, climate change, systemic adversity. With so much happening in the world, where does one start? For a group of committed Loveland residents, it started in a backyard.
The year was 2000 and a group of 20 community-minded citizens gathered on the lawn of Wanda & Gordon Hannaford with a shared goal– to serve their beloved Loveland community and benefit future generations. It was at this fateful potluck dinner that Loveland Generations was born.
Loveland Generations is a giving group that houses its endowed charitable fund at the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. Over the past 22 years the fund has grown to more than $400,000 and, even more impressive, to-date Loveland Generations has granted $315,000 to projects and organizations serving the Loveland community.
The generosity and compassion of its members is inspiring.
Suzanne Peterson is one such member. She serves the Community Foundation’s Investment Committee, has been an active member of Loveland Generations for years, and just retired from her role of board trustee after 9 years. Suzanne is a steadfast supporter and advocate of Loveland Generations, but she credits Mary Gullikson and Phil Farley for establishing the group. “It was those two that really did the legwork to get others involved,” Suzanne says.
Beyond the impact of the dollars, another major benefit of Loveland Generations is enlightening people on the needs of the community. Through the granting process, members of the giving group have kept a pulse changing community needs and new opportunities for impact.
Suzanne’s hope for Loveland Generations is that it keeps people engaged in philanthropy. She recalls many ways individuals have gone beyond themselves to serve the greater good through Loveland Generations, from Ken Rosander at Main Street Catering donating food for Loveland Generations events, to members volunteering with grantee organizations.
Last week, Loveland Generations celebrated its 20th anniversary two years late due to pandemic-related rescheduling. It was a warm reunion of friends at the site of the original Loveland Generations meeting. If last week’s gathering is any indication, Loveland’s deep heart and give-back spirit are alive and well.
Learn more about Loveland Generations here.