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Aspen Community Foundation Selects 68 Organizations to Receive $835,000 in Community Grants

Aspen, CO (Nov. 16, 2023) — Aspen Community Foundation is pleased to announce its 2023 Community Grantmaking recipients. The Foundation’s annual community grantmaking program is just one of several of its grantmaking vehicles. The 68 organizations, supported through its community grantmaking program,  will collectively receive a total of $835,000 in funding. This annual program provides critical support for nonprofits in the Aspen to Parachute region, offering both operational and program support. 

“It’s exciting to see the community grantmaking program grow,” said Erica Snow, president and CEO of Aspen Community Foundation. “This community grantmaking program is possible because of our partnership with Aspen Skiing Company and the incredible philanthropic spirit and commitment of this region’s donor community. We’re extremely proud to partner with these mission-driven nonprofits in our community and inspire philanthropists to make this region a place where all children and families can thrive.”

The selected organizations provide programs and services essential to the region’s education and human service infrastructure. They include organizations providing early childhood education, healthcare, mental health and substance abuse services, support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, educational and enrichment activities for youth, and empowerment for immigrant communities. Of the 68 selected nonprofits, 54% focus on youth services, 28% on safety net services, and 18% on early childhood support.

“We’re extremely grateful for the grant from Aspen Community Foundation,” said Aimee Yllanes, executive director of Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program. “Empowering youth is critical to our community, and we’re looking forward to reaching more students and offering more opportunities. This grant will allow us to expand our programs such as high school internships, classroom collaborations, the number of youth who participate in our live radio programs, and ultimately share what we do for young voices in our community.”

In July 2023, Aspen Community Foundation hosted “Connected,” an event to build awareness and raise funds for the region’s nonprofits. A portion of the “Connected” event proceeds went to support this year’s annual community grantmaking program, as well as additional grants to support mental health emergency assistance and a regional financial empowerment center. 

“‘Connected’ event donors played a critical role in expanding our annual community grantmaking,” added Erica Snow. “They also allowed us to provide additional funds for mental health and innovative projects like the financial empowerment center.”

The Foundation announced its 2023 community grantmaking program in May followed by office hours for interested organizations, and applications officially opened in June. Organizations were required to submit their full applications by July to be considered for the 2023 funding round. A total of 109 nonprofits applied with requests totaling $2,571,650. 

This year’s 2023 Community Grantmaking organizations are listed below:

A Way Out

Access AfterSchool

Advocate Safehouse Project

Alpine Legal Services

Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program

ARC of the Central Mountains


Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

Aspen Family Connections

Aspen Hope Center

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s Folklorico

Aspen Science Center

Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club

Aspen Words

Aspen Youth Center

Blue Lake Preschool

Buddy Program

Carbondale Arts

CASA of the Ninth

Catholic Charities – Western Slope

Children’s Rocky Mountain School

Community Health Services

Cook Inclusive Company

Dance Initiative

Early Childhood Network

Early Learning Center of Aspen

English In Action

Family Resource Center, Roaring Fork Schools

Farm Collaborative


Food Bank of the Rockies, Western Slope

Garfield County School District No. 16 School-Based Family Resource Center

Garfield School District RE-2 Family Resource Center

Grand Valley Resident Team

Great Expectations

Growing Years School


Highwater Farm

La Clinica del Pueblo


Literacy Outreach

Marble Charter School

Mount Sopris Montessori School

OUR School



Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Raising a Reader Aspen to Parachute


River Bridge Regional Center

River Center of New Castle

Roaring Fork Music Society

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers

Roaring Fork PreCollegiate

Savings Collaborative

Stepping Stones of the Roaring Fork Valley


The Arts Campus at Willits (TACAW)

The Meeting Place

Theatre Aspen

Valley Settlement

Voces Unidas de las Montañas


West Mountain Regional Health Alliance

WindWalkers Equine Assisted Learning & Therapy Center

Yampah Mountain High School Teen Parent Program



Community Grantmaking is possible through annual contributions from donors and Aspen Community Foundation’s partnership with Aspen Skiing Company. To learn more about Aspen Community Foundation, visit

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About Aspen Community Foundation

Aspen Community Foundation (ACF) builds philanthropy and supports nonprofit organizations by connecting donors to community needs, building permanent charitable funds, and bringing people together to solve community problems. ACF has been working since 1980 to improve the quality of life in the region. Based in Basalt, Colorado, the Foundation’s efforts have an impact in communities throughout the greater Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys. Through ACF’s broad perspective of the region, and depth and breadth of knowledge of community trends, issues, and needs, the organization directs funding where it is needed most to fill gaps in services and programming.


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