Nonprofits  April 29, 2016

Nonprofit Network, April 29, 2016

FUNDRAISERS

Windsor-based KUAD-FM 99.1 (K-99) raised $120,000 during its 28 Hours of Hope fundraiser to benefit Fort Collins-based Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center, formerly known as Larimer County Child Advocacy Center, along with A Kid’s Place and The Namaqua Center. The money was to be divided equally among the three nonprofits.

Sunflower Bank raised more than $102,500 during its 2016 ABC campaign developed to support education in its communities. The program began in 2001 and has generated more than $1,036,700 during the past 15 years for schools and students in Colorado, Kansas and Missouri. From Jan. 1 through March 31, new and current customers raised money for their K-12 school of choice by opening a checking account or swiping their debit card. Students scored with $10 for every “A” on their report card if their name was one of five drawn at every branch. 

The Downtown Fort Collins Business Association collected more than $87,000 for the Food Bank for Larimer County during the 10th annual Great Plates of Downtown event. Locally owned, Bisetti’s Ristorante brought in the most, raising $15,100 for the food bank. Other top collectors included Rare, Melting Pot, Rodizio and Social.

GRANTS

The W.O.L.F. Sanctuary, which cares for captive-born wolves and wolf dogs at a rugged, remote tract off of Rist Canyon, received an $85,000 grant from the Fort Collins-based Community Foundation of Northern Colorado to help it buy a new property along U.S. Highway 287 north of Ted’s Place that could be opened to the public.

Fort Collins-based First National Bank awarded $375,000 in community-development grants to 18 organizations in Colorado and Nebraska to support affordable housing, educated workforce and economic-development programs. It awarded $95,000 to nine organizations in the Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado. Grants for affordable-housing programs will contribute toward construction or rehabilitation of 19 homes or housing units and provide homeownership education to 130 individuals. These include: $10,000 to the Thistle Communities for renovation of an eight-unit affordable-housing complex in Boulder; $10,000 to St. Vrain Valley Habitat for Humanity to support construction of a single-family home in the Poplar Grove area in Longmont; $10,000 to Loveland Habitat for Humanity to support construction of a cost-efficient quadplex in Loveland; and $10,000 to Greeley Area Habitat for Humanity to support construction of a single-family home. Grants supporting educated-workforce initiatives will enable 1,100 individuals in Colorado to move closer to self-sufficiency. These include $15,000 to Salida del Sol Academy to support a summer enrichment program for at-risk students in Greeley; $10,000 to Success Foundation Serving Greeley for personalizes learning for low- and moderate-income students through the use of technology; $10,000 to the Student Recovery Project to support academic enrichment and character building for at-risk high school students to ensure graduation in Greeley; $10,000 to Boulder Housing Partners to provide academic and career support to youth living in affordable housing to encourage graduation and post-secondary enrollment; and $10,000 to Project Self-Sufficiency to assist low-income, single parents in their efforts to achieve economic independence and become free from community and government assistance in Fort Collins.

Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity received a $2,000 donation from Big O Tires to support the Women Build project, which unites women in the community to uphold Habitat’s mission of providing affordable and safe housing for families that are struggling financially. The 2016 Women Build project will benefit the Swift family, marking the fifth Women Build Home in Fort Collins.

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