Aspen Community Foundation’s (ACF) service area spans an 80-mile corridor along the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. Home to many working-class families struggling financially, ACF works to increase youth success across our region through community partnerships and philanthropy.
Using the strategy of Collective Impact, ACF’s Cradle to Career strengthens the ecosystem for youth and families throughout the region. Improving youth outcomes – from birth through career readiness – will substantially benefit our region’s quality of life and economy.
Through its broad perspective of the region, and depth and breadth of knowledge of community trends, issues, and needs, ACF works with donors to direct funding where it is needed most. We appreciate and value these donors.
ACF's grantmaking prioritizes efforts that address critical needs and increases access for the most vulnerable throughout the region, expanding opportunities for all to live healthy, independent lives. Through the generosity of contributors, ACF supports nonprofit organizations that serve children and families and provide essential human services, as well as those caring for the environment and our natural resources.

Our Mission

Aspen Community Foundation builds philanthropy and supports nonprofit organizations by connecting donors to community needs, building permanent charitable funds and bringing people together to solve community problems.

Human-Centered Design: putting people first in solving problems

Imagine we’re designing a program to solve or alleviate a complex social problem. We might approach it with preconceived ideas or ready-made solutions about what we think should work. What if instead we engaged the intended beneficiaries, listened to their experiences, allowed them to “test” the program, and then continued tweaking, improving, streamlining based on […]
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Roaring Fork Valley FRL by the numbers

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41%
41% of our region's students qualify for FRL
47%
47% of students in Garfield County qualify for FRL
60%
Over 60% of Carbondale Middle School students qualify for FRL
70%
Over 70% of Rifle's Wamsley Elementary School students qualify for FRL