The End of the Year: What You Need to Know

Community Champions

Over the past two years, we have witnessed remarkable, large-scale impact from our community. Through the COVID-19 Response Fund—a partnership between the Community Foundation and United Way of Larimer County—65 nonprofit organizations received funding that allowed them to adapt programming and continue vital services in 2020. The NoCo Fires Fund raised $750,000 to help mitigate the destruction caused by last year’s wildfires—funding critical for watershed protection and environmental restoration.

These are incredible demonstrations of the impact the Community Foundation can have on our region by working in collaboration with other community leaders and harnessing the generosity of Northern Colorado.

To ensure the Foundation can continue addressing key community issues, responding to crises, and planning for our region’s future wellbeing, we ask you to consider becoming a Community Champion. Your investment will help keep Northern Colorado the best place to live, work, and raise a family in the present, and for years to come.

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For Fund Advisors

Want to make an end-of-year gift to your fund? Planning a grant distribution to your favorite nonprofit? Make sure you’re aware of our end-of-year deadlines. Check out our end-of-year calendar for important dates, including the December 10 deadline for grant recommendations.

A calendar showing Colorado Gives Day on December 7, the Deadline for DAF grant recommendations on December 10th, and the Deadline for 2021 gifts to be postmarked or submitted online on December 31. The Foundation will be closed December 23rd, 24th and 31st.

End-of-Year Tax Considerations

  • Guidelines for IRA Charitable Rollovers
    Donors aged 70 1/2 or older can transfer up to $100,000 annually from their IRA accounts directly to qualified public charities without having to recognize the distribution as income.
  • These rules do not apply to contributions to donor advised funds or supporting organizations. They do apply to Community Foundation funds, like Community Champions or Designated Funds.
  • Colorado is implementing new state tax legislation affecting high-income earners in 2022. Learn more by consulting our press release, or talk to your designated professional about how this change impacts you.

Staff Changes at the Foundation

Mishelle Baun

Thank you, Mishelle

The Foundation said a fond farewell to Content and Media Specialist, Mishelle Baun, last month. An impactful staff member since 2017, Mishelle’s contributions helped advance the Foundation and elevate communications to new levels. We are grateful for her service and wish her all the best in the next phase of her life. Thank you, Mishelle!

Welcome Robyn and Sydney

The Foundation excitedly welcomes two new staff members.

Robyn Goldy joins the Foundation as events & communications specialist. Having an extensive background in higher education in alumni relations, Robyn’s rich experience will ensure meaningful Foundation events and expert communications.

Sydney Clevenger is the Foundation’s new accounting specialist, helping manage daily accounting functions and ensuring accurate gift allocation. Her rich accounting experience in the private sector will be invaluable in providing high-quality financial services.

Robyn Goldy

Sydney Clevenger

Board of Trustees Retreat

Earlier this fall, fund holders participated in a survey about their experiences with the Foundation. We were delighted to learn that 96% of respondents were likely or very likely to recommend the Foundation’s services. Aspects of customer satisfaction that particularly shined included:

  • Responsiveness of Foundation staff
  • The Foundation’s leadership
  • The Foundation’s impact on the community

The Foundation is honored by the many fund holders who trust us to facilitate their philanthropy. Thank you for investing in Northern Colorado and beyond, and thanks to the many individuals who were willing to share their invaluable feedback through this survey.

Last month, members of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees gathered for a powerful retreat at TPC Colorado in Berthoud. At the retreat, fund holder survey responses helped inform the Board and provide input for the future direction of the Foundation.

This 12-person team of community leaders sees a bright future for Northern Colorado and is excited for the impact and collaboration to come.

Foundation Community Funds Award $151,698 to Area Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado offers monetary support to nonprofits and charitable projects through grant and program distributions. Local fund committees review nonprofit applications and select award recipients in their respective communities.

The Berthoud Community Fund Committee awarded $35,550 to nine nonprofits, the Estes Valley Community Fund Committee awarded $94,330 to 17 projects, and Loveland Generations, a Loveland-based giving group, awarded $21,818 to eight organizations. Congratulations to all 34 grant recipients and thank you to the fund committees for your dedication to make these awards possible.

See all grant awardees below.

Berthoud:Estes Valley:Loveland Generations:
A Little HelpBallet RenaissanceBoys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County
Berthoud RoboticsCrossroads Ministry of Estes ParkCOR Defense
Food Bank for Larimer CountyEnsight Skill CenterHarrington Arts Alliance for Creative Personal Development
Foster and Adoptive Families of Larimer CountyEstes Arts DistrictHomeward Alliance
Give Next Fund @ CFNCEstes Park Medical Center Foundation DBA Estes Park Health FoundationJunior Achievement - Rocky Mountain, Inc.
Guided HopeEstes Park Nonprofit Resource Center (EPNRC)Off the Hook Arts
House of Neighborly Service - BerthoudEstes Valley Crisis AdvocatesTeaching Tree
Meals on Wheels of Loveland & BerthoudEstes Valley Library Friends & FoundationThe Quarter Project of Northern Colorado
Volunteers of America ColoradoGive Next Fund @ CFNC
Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley
Harmony Foundation, Inc.
Rocky Mountain Conservancy
Rocky Ridge Music Center
The Estes Park Learning Place
United Way of Larimer County
YMCA of the Rockies
Young Artists and Scholars Group

NoCo Rallies for Colorado Gives Day

The Foundation was thrilled to host our 9th Colorado Gives Day Rally to kick off giving season on November 9! Nonprofit attendees had fun gathering and playing games with delicious food from the Waffle Lab and drink from the Human Bean. Thanks to FirstBank for generously covering this cost, which made it possible for the Foundation to award two $1,500 grants. The two nonprofit recipients were selected at random (Colorado Kids Belong & Junior League Fort Collins), and we look forward to awarding a final $1,500 on this year’s Colorado Gives Day.

Gifts for Colorado Gives Day can be scheduled from now through December 7 at


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