Giving to ACF

ACF prioritizes efforts that expand opportunities for all to live healthy, independent lives. Your gift supports nonprofits and projects that provide critical services, supporting youth, families and communities from Aspen to Parachute. Give to one of ACF’s funds and help us build a stronger community.  Scroll down to see the many ways you can support ACF.
Cradle to Career Initiative 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.
Environment Fund
In partnership with Aspen Skiing Company’s Environment Foundation, supporting efforts that preserve our natural heritage while balancing the needs of the people and the economy.

Quality of Life Cancer Fund

Providing financial assistance to patients, survivors, families and caregivers to help mitigate the economic toll of cancer.

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.

ACF Endowment

Supporting general operating expenses, allowing 100% of donations to ACF’s funds to go toward programs and services.

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.

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When you give to ACF's Early Childhood Fund, your gift qualifies for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit. Individuals and businesses may claim a state income tax credit of 50% of the total qualifying charitable contribution. Your support goes to qualified child care providers to enhance programs, providing staff training, and offer financial assistance for families.

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 advantage of having a private foundation yet have lower management costs and greater tax benefits. They are especially useful for donors who want to take a charitable deduction one year and make distributions from income or principal in future years.  ACF assists fund advisors by maintaining records, distributing gifts to qualified tax-exempt organizations, and connecting donors to potential recipients.

Aspen Community Foundation can help turn your individual retirement account (IRA) into tax-saving charitable gifts. Single and married individuals age 70-1/2 and older are eligible to give up to $100,000 annually from an IRA to ACF or another qualified charity without being taxed.

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.

For more information, contact Stephanie Gianneschi, Philanthropy Director at
(970) 925-9300, or