The Western Colorado Community Foundation works closely with individuals, families and organizations to create charitable legacies to benefit our residents and improve the quality of life here in western Colorado. Our organization primarily serves Mesa, Garfield, Eagle, Rio Blanco, Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties.
We manage millions of dollars and more than 200 donor funds.
Our donors come from many backgrounds and have their own charitable interests but share a common commitment to the community they call home. Each fund is separately accounted for, and has its own name and purposes as determined by the donor who established the fund.
All legal, tax and administrative requirements are handled by our Community Foundation and comply with IRS regulations and national standards for our field.
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Celebrating 15 Years!
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OUR COMMUNITY FOUNDATION CELEBRATES
Honors two Mesa County community leaders with
“Heart of Gold” awards
Our regional Community Foundation celebrated its 15th anniversary on February 15th with a special luncheon, program and celebration of those in the community who have a "heart of gold." The heart of gold theme for the event is a tribute to one of the Community Foundation's legacy donors, Ellen Jo Waldeck, who donated a royalty interest in a gold mine that has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to multiple organizations in Mesa County and has supported nursing scholarships at Colorado Mesa University.
Incorporated in late 1996, WCCF has grown from zero assets to over $30 million. Its total assets have doubled in the past two years. Funds come from individuals, families, organizations and businesses that set up a permanent fund to support something charitable - a favorite nonprofit organization, a cause, scholarships, etc. Assets are pooled and invested for the long-term; earnings on the funds are distributed in the form of grants and scholarships each year. The Community Foundation awarded almost $1.4 million in grants and scholarships in seven counties in 2011.
Two long-time community volunteers, Carol Murphy and Gregg Kampf, were recognized with Heart of Gold Awards at the event. Carol is a quintessential volunteer. She has been the co-manager of the gift shop at St. Mary's Hospital for 27 years and has logged over 12,000 hours of volunteer service at that organization alone. Gregg is a practicing attorney and has shared his legal expertise with dozens of nonprofits over the years, serving on boards both small and large: the Legends Project and the local chapter of the Red Cross, the Grand Junction Symphony, Mesa State College Foundation, Hospice and St. Mary's.
Date of Article: February 2012
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