Northern Colorado foundations expand hurricane relief campaign

FORT COLLINS — Days after raising funds for Hurricane Harvey relief, the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the Bohemian Foundation have expanded their matching campaign for hurricane victims.

The Bohemian Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar up to $3 million gifts made by Coloradans, businesses and foundations to Colorado’s Hurricane Recovery Fund, established by the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado.

The fund will help nonprofit organizations address intermediate and long-term recovery needs across U.S. states and territories affected by the recent spate of hurricanes.

Donations will be matched until midnight Nov. 1 and can be donated online.

“The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and Bohemian Foundation teamed up to support recovery efforts for Hurricane Katrina and the Northern Colorado fires of 2012 and floods of 2013. We learned that there are two distinct areas to address: first response and long-term needs,” said Ray Caraway, Community Foundation president, in a statement. “This fund will support intermediate and long-term needs. To distribute Coloradans’ generous support, we will work with trusted partners to fund reputable nonprofits who best know the needs in their communities.”

The two organizations started the fund with the goal of $2 million to support victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. But with increased hurricane destruction, including Hurricane Irma across Florida and the southeastern United States, the fund has grown to $3 million and is open to donors across Colorado.

“This recovery fund allows Coloradans to assist the thousands of individuals who are suffering from the devastating 2017 hurricane season,” said Pat Stryker, founder of Bohemian Foundation. “With this matching grant, we invite all Coloradans to double the impact of their giving. We know our generous Colorado communities will answer this challenge.”



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