Aspen Community Foundation grants more than $1 million to area nonprofits

On Friday, December 1, ACF hosted its first grantee luncheon, honoring 35 regional nonprofits who received grants in 2017. Represented by their directors and one board member, each organization exemplified the power of Collective Impact and the spirit of collaboration across sectors to build youth success. These community partners comprise a network of partners working together successfully in ACF’s Cradle to Career Initiative, strengthening the ecosystem for youth and families.

At a luncheon at the Hotel Jerome, ACF board and staff greeted guests and presented them with their grant checks. Executive Director Tamara Tormohlen addressed the attendees, explaining “For the past few years, ACF’s grantmaking program has been influenced by the knowledge and partnerships fostered through our Cradle to Career Initiative. Each year, we strive to award funding to organizations that support the vision of Cradle to Career – that all of our children are ready for kindergarten, and all of our students are prepared for college and career.”

Tamara stated, “As a community foundation, supporting nonprofit organizations is at the core of our work. We do this by connecting donors to issues they’d like to support, and through our discretionary grants.”

Here is a list of this year’s grantees:
A Way Out
Access AfterSchool
Advocate Safehouse Project
Alpine Legal Services
Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program
The Art Base
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Aspen Elementary School/Colorado Preschool Program
Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance
Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club
Aspen Youth Center
Blue Lake Preschool
The Buddy Program
Catholic Charities, Western Slope
English In Action
Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork School District
Family Visitor Programs
Growing Years
LIFT-UP
Literacy Outreach
Mt.Sopris Montessori School
OUR School
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Raising a Reader Aspen to Parachute
Response
River Bridge Regional Center
Roaring Fork Music Society
Roaring Fork School Health Center
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Stepping Stones
Summit 54 – Summer Advantage Roaring Fork Valley
Valley Settlement
Yampah Mountain High School Teen Parent Program
YouthEntity
YouthZone