January 2022 Bi-Monthly Newsletter header shows a sunrise over Horsetooth lake

Foundation launches new strategic framework

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees and leadership has been working hard to define our new mission statement and set strategic priorities that will define the next chapter of the Foundation’s work. The Foundation works with our mission in mind each day, newly defined as aspiring to:

Create transformational community impact by inspiring philanthropy and engaging the region.

In addition to defining an aspirational new mission, Kristin Todd, president & CEO, has dedicated her first year to understanding the needs of the community and the strengths of the Foundation. Her focus on community listening has informed a new strategic framework that paves an exciting path for growth and greater impact in the region. To this end, the Board recently approved an aspirational ten-year strategic vision, and we are gearing up for dramatic growth and impact.

The Foundation’s bold ten-year vision is to create positive, meaningful, and lasting change throughout Northern Colorado by 2032 by:

  • investing $225 million in community grantmaking,
  • growing assets under management to $500 million, and
  • becoming the “go to” institution to address critical challenges.

With board input and staff collaboration, each strategic priority (see graphic) has been broken into several goals with clear action steps designed to support the Foundation’s work to create meaningful change in our community. Keep up with our newsletter and social media to see how these projects progress!

Foundation’s 2021 Impact Report

At the Community Foundation, 2021 was filled with collaboration and exciting new beginnings. We invite you to explore some of this year’s highlights through our interactive annual report.

Correction: The Foundation’s 2021 Impact Report failed to included Crossroads Safehouse in its list of nonprofits with agency funds. We have corrected the online version of the report. We apologize for the error.

Leaving a Legacy: Cynthia Leibrock

Cynthia and Frank Leibrock have a vision— elderly individuals and people with disabilities should be able to live in their homes. “Everybody wants to stay in their home. No one wants to be institutionalized. That’s what drives me,” says Cynthia. Their donor advised fund at the Foundation is helping make this dream a reality.

The Leibrocks’ Rehabitat Fund has financed the retrofitting of hundreds of houses to make them accessible for their elderly residents, helped cover the prohibitive transportation and medical expenses of older individuals in the Red Feather Lakes community, and allowed Cynthia to train dozens of university professors on universal design in her and Frank’s own accessibly designed home.

Read Cynthia’s inspiring story in this month’s blog.

Read Cynthia’s full story
Cynthia & Frank Leibrock with their dog, Velcro.

Cynthia and Frank Leibrock with their dog, Velcro.

Celebration of Philanthropy Preview

After a three-year hiatus, we are thrilled to be able to gather in person once again to honor the past, highlight the present, and look to the future of philanthropy in Northern Colorado. We invite you to join community leaders, nonprofits, and philanthropists as we celebrate generosity in our region and honor two local families who have made a profound, lasting impact on their communities.

Community Legacy Award: Larry and Kay Edwards
presented by First Western Trust

The Community Legacy Award is given annually to a Northern Colorado family that demonstrated philanthropy and volunteerism through multiple generations.

Kay and Larry Edwards

Kay and Larry Edwards

For more than 50 years, Larry and Kay Edwards have been a bedrock of philanthropy in Northern Colorado. “We have always wanted to give back to the city that has been so good to us and have shared our plans and purpose with our children, who have contributed so much in their own lives,” says Kay. Click here to read more about Larry and Kay’s legacy.

Founders Award: Phil and Janice Farley
presented by the Sethre Family Fund

The Founders Award recognizes individuals and families that have provided exceptional leadership, both to the Community Foundation and our region.

Janice and Phil Farley

Janice and Phil Farley

Phil and Janice Farley have been a been a beloved part of Loveland since 1978 and their service to the Loveland community has had an enduring impact. Just some of the organizations that Phil and Janice have supported or volunteered for over the years include the Loveland High Plains Arts Council’s annual Sculpture in the Park Show, the PBS Art Auction, and the Loveland Rotary Club. . Click here to read more about Phil and Janice’s contributions to their community.

Event Details

May 5, 2022
4:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Hilton Fort Collins – Note new venue!
425 W Prospect Rd

Registration Information:

General registration will open on March 28, 2022 at nocofoundation.org/celebration

Sponsorships available:

Join community-minded individuals and organizations at the 2022 Celebration of Philanthropy. The event sells out every year, so we invite you to review sponsorship levels and benefits and reserve yours today.

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors!

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Staffing Update: Bittersweet goodbye to Wendy, Sweet hello to Francie

Wendy Banks

This month we are say a bittersweet farewell to our wonderful CFO Wendy Banks. During Wendy’s five years at the Foundation, she has come to be the heart of the organization, leading with kindness and empathy. Her contributions to the Foundation have been felt by every member of the staff, the board of trustees and the community. She has professionalized the Foundation’s finance and accounting, human resources, and operations departments, onboarded new software programs, worked directly with donors on complex gifts including gifts of real estate, water rights, and life income gifts. Wendy will be celebrated as she moves on to a new and exciting role with the Bohemian Foundation.

Francie Koehmstedt

We also welcome Francie Koehmstedt to the Foundation. As the new operations specialist, Francie oversees the front desk at the Community Foundation, greeting visitors and staff everyday with a friendly smile and sometimes, if we’re lucky, a sample of her delectable baked goods from her side business, Francie Pants Baked Goodies. Francie and her husband Steve have been longtime Fort Collins residents since their marriage 25 years ago. With her expansive administrative background, a trove of local knowledge, and a penchant for baking, Francie is certainly a “sweet” addition to the Foundation staff.

Job Opportunities

There has never been a more exciting time to join the Foundation. The Board of Trustees recently approved an aspirational ten-year strategic vision, and we are ready to onboard new leaders to help drive our dramatic growth and transformational community priorities. Join our dynamic team and make a significant difference in the future of Northern Colorado. Read more about the Foundation’s ten-year vision and strategic priorities.

Send any questions about these opportunities to jobs@nocofoundation.org.

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