From Emergence, to Established, and now Expansion
The Eastern Colorado Community Fund was established in 2015 to connect the passions of donors with the needs of rural communities to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
In April, the board of the Eastern Colorado Community Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, recognized John Chapdelaine – its founding director – for his outstanding leadership in creating a respected, vibrant, and self-sufficient ECCF, and his dedication to investing in the future of its rural communities.
“All who were involved in creating the Eastern Colorado Community Fund understood its significance to the future of rural communities on the Eastern Plains, and we knew that the piece most critical to its success was identifying the right person to serve as director,” said Cindy Johnson, ECCF board member. “For the past four-plus years, John has traveled throughout the six counties of Northeast Colorado speaking with organizations, families, and individuals about the myriad of charitable opportunities made possible through the ECCF.”
“I believe the ECCF reached a significant milestone when it hit the initial $10M goal,” said Jim Hendrix, Foundation board member from Yuma County. It is a young organization, and it now will be self- sustaining, which is a remarkable achievement. Donors will have greater confidence in gifting to ECCF and the assurance that their gifts have long-term value.”
“John has shown amazing persistence in presenting the ECCF story to many organizations and individuals throughout Northeastern Colorado, and has become the ‘face’ of ECCF. The board looks forward to the future and to the response of our communities to a regional fund.”
— Jim Hendrix, Foundation board of trustees
John firmly believes that the ECCF’s success has always hinged on the collaboration with and support received from the ECCF board and Foundation staff.
To learn more about the services provided by the Eastern Colorado Community Fund or how to leave a legacy, click here to download more information or call John at 970.580.1013.