COMMUNITY IMPACT | ACF prioritizes efforts that address critical needs and increase 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, students and families, and provide essential human services. Our impact also extends to helping individuals access mental health services and assisting those who experience temporary financial hardship. ACF’s endowment covers general operating and day-to-day expenses, allowing 100% OF DONATIONS to these funds to be used to support programs and services.
Cradle to Career Fund
ACF’s Cradle to Career Initiative (CCI) addresses the quiet crisis facing our region’s 20,000 youth and children: profound achievement gaps between low-income children and their more affluent peers, acute differences in hope between our Latino and Anglo students, and many high school students unprepared for college and career. This fund provides financial support for CCI including ACF’s role as backbone and operator of the Preschool on Wheels program, as well as collaborative efforts that are working toward kindergarten readiness, social emotional well-being, and college and career attainment for the most vulnerable youth in our region.

Community Grantmaking Fund
Throughout its history, ACF has supported organizations addressing the spectrum of needs throughout the Aspen to Parachute region. By prioritizing areas of greatest need, holistic approaches, measurable results, and collaboration, ACF’s investments continue to create a stronger civic and community vitality. This fund provides competitive grants to nonprofits on an annual basis.

Early Childhood Fund

The first five years of a child’s life is a time of extraordinary brain development that shapes cognitive and social emotional growth. Quality, enriching early childhood experiences during this crucial time is vital to ensuring that children have a positive start in life. This fund supports parent education, preschool, and literacy programs that promote social-emotional development and school readiness.
Emergency Assistance Fund
Despite the perception of abundance, many in the Aspen to Parachute region struggle to provide for themselves and their families. Many in our community do not earn enough to meet basic needs such as housing, childcare, food, healthcare, and transportation. This fund supports organizations and agencies that help families and individuals who are experiencing financial hardship.
Mental Health Fund
Our region presents healthcare challenges including geographic isolation, seasonal and low-wage jobs without health benefits, and the highest health insurance premiums in the country. In particular, the community has significant instances of substance abuse and other mental health issues. This fund provides assistance for families and individuals who need mental health services.
Scholarship Funds
ACF directs eight scholarship funds which provide tuition assistance to graduating high school seniors and returning college students. These funds support students from diverse backgrounds with varying college and career paths, including first-generation college attendees, low-income students, and those pursuing technical certification and apprenticeship training.

RELATIONSHIPS | Nonprofits, schools, government, donors, businesses, civic leaders
KNOWLEDGE | 38-year history serving the communities from Aspen to Parachute
DATA | Collecting, analyzing, and sharing important information about issues
STEWARDSHIP | $41 million in assets, $9 million in annual grants
Giving to ACF
Individuals and businesses can make a lasting difference in the community by supporting ACF in a variety of ways. ACF accepts gifts in many forms, including cash, publicly traded securities, real estate, life insurance policies, artwork and various other appreciated assets
Annual Giving
A gift to ACF's grantmaking helps build a stronger community through our annual grantmaking. One hundred percent of your gift supports nonprofits that provide critical services, emergency financial assistance to youth and families in need from Aspen to Parachute. 
Ultimate Ski Pass Club
Join ACF's exclusive Ultimate Ski Pass Club, with a contribution of $25,000 and receive a one-year transferable, 2018/2019 pass for unlimited skiing at Aspen, Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass ski areas. You'll be eligible for a $23,000 tax deduction, will receive a pass that can be shared with your friends, children and grandchildren, and you can be confident that your gift will be used to support opportunities for youth in our region to flourish.
Establish a Fund
ACF holds several types of funds that fulfill the interest and goals of the donor as well as the needs of our community. Donors may open a donor advised, field of interest, scholarship, designated or organization fund, which can be tailored to fit one's area of interest. Donor advised funds offer the flexibility of receiving a tax deduction one year, while granting the money over several years. ACF assists fund advisors in finding qualified, tax exempt organizations whose missions and programs are aligned with the advisors philanthropic intentions.  
When you give to the Early Childhood Fund at Aspen Community Foundation, your gift qualifies for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit. Individuals and business tax payers may claim a Colorado state income tax credit of 50% of your total qualifying contribution. Your support goes to qualified child care providers to enhance programs, providing staff training, and offer financial assistance for families.

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Donors can leave a legacy that will support the causes they care about through their financial and estate planning decisions. Aspen Community Foundation (ACF) offers a variety of gift planning options, each providing unique advantages and allowing the donor to tailor giving to meet personal financial needs and goals.
Join Aspen Community Foundation's family of more than 100 donor advised funds. With a minimum contribution of $10,000, you can establish a fund in the name of your family, your business, or anyone you wish to honor. Donor Advised Funds offer the advantages of a private foundation yet have lower management costs and greater tax benefits. Donor Advised Funds are useful for donors who want to take charitable deduction one year and make distributions from income or principal in future years. ACF assists fund advisors by maintaining records, distribution gifts to qualified tax-exempt organizations, and connecting fund advisors to potential recipients.