Nonprofit Notes

FUNDRAISERS

The W.O.L.F. Sanctuary will celebrate its 10th anniversary at its 2014 Waltz with the Wolves benefit auction and gala from 5 to 9 p.m. June 14 in the First National Bank Building North in the Ranch Events Complex, off Interstate 25 at the Crossroads Boulevard exit in Loveland. It also will launch a fund drive to move the sanctuary to higher, safer ground after having been affected by the High Park Fire in 2012 and seven flooding events since then. More information is online at wolfsanctuary.net.

GOOD DEEDS

Fort Collins-based Metier Law Firm LLC expanded to “gold level” its support of Fort Collins-based nonprofit Realities for Children, which provides emergency funding for abused, neglected or at at-risk children in Larimer County.

United Way of Larimer County joined with FamilyWize Community Service Partnership to offer free drug discount cards. The cards, which provide immediate savings on prescription medicines, with no paperwork or forms to fill out, can be used by everyone in the community including those with health benefits, including Medicaid or Medicare.

Nonprofit Homes For Our Troops selected Fort Collins-based NoCO Custom Homes to build a custom home at 1849 Galapagos Court in Windsor for Marine Cpl. Jason Hallett of Denver, who lost both of his legs above the knees, his right arm above the elbow, and the thumb and middle finger on his left hand on Oct. 23, 2010, in an IED blast in Sangin, Afghanistan. Ground was broken June 7. NoCO Custom Homes founder and owner Jason Jones is also a U.S. Marines veteran who completed two deployments in Iraq. Volunteers are still needed for the project; those interested can contact community outreach coordinator Chris Mitchell at cmitchell@hfotusa.org.

GRANTS

The Denver-based Daniels Fund donated $35,000 to Best Start for Babies and Toddlers, a program of United Way of Weld County’s Promises for Children. The intensive parent-education program teaches child development, foundational parenting skills and how to increase positive health outcomes.

Longmont-based First Nations Development Institute announced $400,000 in grant awards to 12 Native American organizations. The grants, made possible by the Battle Creek, Mich.-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation, were awarded under First Nations’ Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative, intended to help tribes and Native communities build sustainable food systems, increase healthy food access and awareness, and stimulate tribal economic growth and development.

Fort Collins-based GE Johnson Construction Co. donated $10,000 to the PVH and MCR Foundation, which philanthropically supports and promotes University of Colorado Health programs in Northern Colorado. The funds will go toward completion of Phase 3 of the cancer center on UC Health’s Harmony Campus in Fort Collins. The foundation also received a $37,760 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to support Healthy Harbors, a program that provides a medical home and case management for underserved children in Larimer County.

Boulder bioscience firm SomaLogic Inc. received more than $1 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to continue development of a low-cost, simple tool for diagnosing tuberculosis in developing countries. The new funding is in addition to the $515,000 received by SomaLogic from the foundation in 2012 through the same Grand Challenges in Global Health grant program.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute awarded the University of Colorado-Boulder $1.5 million over five years to continue to transform science education by encouraging more real-world research experiences for undergraduates, ranging from cancer studies to screenings for new antibiotics.

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