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Click on the links below to learn more about why Northern Colorado individuals, families, and organizations choose to partner with the Community Foundation. For more first-hand accounts from current donors, visit our 2008 Year in Review, 2009 Year in Review, and 2010 Year in Review.

  • Florin Family Child Care Fund
  • Tom Van Horn Memorial Fund
  • Carol Ann Hixon Fund for Advancing Innovation and Imagination
  • Berthoud Historical Society Endowment Fund
  • Bill and Ruth Brown Fund
  • Colorado Eagles Foundation
  • Durand Family Fund
  • Harry and Jody Love Family Fund
  • Patricia McLean Memorial Fund
  • The Ardeth G. Nieman Fund
  • Richard J. and Marlene A. Schilling Charitable Remainder Trust

Florin Family Child Care Fund

The Community Foundation works closely with donors to customize their charitable funds and help them achieve their philanthropic goals. The Florin Family Child Care Fund is unique in that it allows the Florins to leverage their giving through the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit. Because this fund is an endowment, it will assist childcare agencies in perpetuity, and as an Advised Fund it gives Brad, Lisa, and successive generations an ongoing role in the fund's grantmaking.

“We established this fund to provide long-term funding in support of local child care efforts, with specific emphasis on special needs children and children of disadvantaged families,” Brad said.

The State of Colorado established the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit to encourage greater support of Colorado child care programs. The tax law allows both a federal and Colorado itemized deduction, in addition to a Colorado Qualified Child Care Tax Credit of 50% of the total contribution. As a result, taxpayers realize an income tax savings exceeding 80% of the contribution. This effectively reduces the impact to the taxpayer to less than 20 cents per dollar of donation. Taxpayers who take advantage of the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax have a greater impact on the causes they care about most. The credit allowed cannot exceed $100,000 per year nor can it exceed the tax liability for the year. Any excess credits may be carried forward for up to five years.

“Setting up a fund with the Community Foundation is an easy way to meet long-term philanthropic goals without the time and expense required to establish and operate a private foundation," Brad explained. “The Community Foundation provides leadership to the nonprofit community as well as the evangelism of community needs to local donors.”

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Tom Van Horn Memorial Fund

When Tom Van Horn died in a car accident, his wife, Jane, worked with family and friends to create a lasting memorial: they established the Tom Van Horn Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado.

Because of Tom’s involvement with the Northside Aztlan Recreation Center, Jane decided that the fund should help young people benefit from use of that facility.

“The city charges children an entrance fee, and we knew that some children couldn't afford it,” Jane explained. As a result, grants from the Tom Van Horn Memorial Fund will go directly to the Aztlan Center to pay entrance fees for children who would not otherwise be able to enjoy the recreational offerings.

Establishing a fund with the Community Foundation made the process simple for Jane.

“The Community Foundation administers the fund, receipts donors, and allows us to have nonprofit status without going through all of the steps,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot about how foundations work, and I know there is a need for this type of organization. The Community Foundation is the perfect place to establish a fund and watch it grow.”

To grow the fund and benefit the Aztlan Center, Jane and her team organized the first Tom Van Horn Memorial Golf Tournament. The event took place on May 30, 2008 at South Ridge Golf Course in Fort Collins.

“I can’t say enough about the people who make up the Community Foundation,” Jane said. “The staff is very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. From the first day I walked into the office, I felt welcomed and important.”

To donate to the Tom Van Horn Memorial Fund, click here.

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Carol Ann Hixon Fund for Advancing Innovation and Imagination

Gary and Carol Ann Hixon have been long-time supporters of nonprofit agencies in Fort Collins. They established a Donor Advised fund in 2005 at the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado to organize their charitable giving.

In December 2007, Gary Hixon began working with the Community Foundation staff to establish a second fund. His goal was to surprise his wife and honor her dedication to local education. Carol Ann Hixon was a teacher in the Poudre School District for 20 years; she supplemented her classroom impact by serving as a district administrator for an additional 12 years. Carol Ann’s passion for creativity in the classroom has touched hundreds, perhaps thousands, of minds and lives.

In late February, at the “32-Year Anniversary and Retirement Party” for Gary Hixon Interiors, Gary unveiled the Carol Ann Hixon Fund for Advancing Innovation and Imagination Fund.

“From the beginning --- and that's more than 40 years ago --- Carol Ann's passion for education and helping others learn was an inspiration for me,” Gary said. “I wanted to continue that legacy and the Community Foundation made it easy. I told Ray and Roxanne what I had in mind, and they did the rest. And they helped me keep it a surprise for Carol Ann."

"I have never been so surprised,” Carol Ann said, “and I have never been so absolutely, unequivocally delighted! Gary is the master gift-giver and this one tops them all. I feel as if I'm living a dream!"

With the support of the Hixons’ family and friends, the fund will impact local teachers and students for years to come.

“I want to encourage teachers to be imaginative as they guide students, knowing that students will thrive in an innovative and creative atmosphere,” Carol Ann said. “The Community Foundation makes it easy for teachers to complete grant proposals, and we'll do a ‘test run’ for grants in Spring 2008.”

If you would like to donate to this fund, please click here to access our secure online donation form. You may also send a check made payable to the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado to 4745 Wheaton Drive, Suite 100, Fort Collins, CO, 80525. Please indicate “Carol Ann Hixon Fund” in the memo.

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Berthoud Historical Society Endowment Fund

Why did your agency establish an endowment fund with the Community Foundation?
The purpose of establishing our endowment fund was to establish a means of support for ongoing activities of the Berthoud Historical Society and the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum.

What services does the Community Foundation provide to your agency?
The Community Foundation staff provides us with services that would otherwise be unavailable to a small nonprofit organization such as ourselves. Especially important to us was the ease with which we set up our fund and the manner in which we can now track its growth. As we launch our "Forging the Future for Our Past" campaign, we are excited about the Donor Central online portal that will allow donors to view information about our funding needs and provide a link to the Berthoud Historical Society website.

Why would you encourage other agencies to establish an endowment fund or learn more about how the Community Foundation can help them meet their long-term goals?
I encourage others to learn about the benefits of the Community Foundation. As a member of a small nonprofit organization that is manned by volunteers, it is reassuring to know that funds are managed professionally and that our organization is connected to the network of individuals and agencies that work with the Community Foundation.

What value does the Community Foundation bring to our region?
The value of the Community Foundation lies in the fact that residents of the region have the opportunity to foster positive changes through charitable giving.

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Bill and Ruth Brown Fund

Why did you establish a fund at the Community Foundation?
We wanted to be more organized in our giving, and the Community Foundation provides us with a way to be more intentional in how we spend our charity money. We like the idea that, even though we are not wealthy people, we can build a small fund within the larger foundation that will give back to the Fort Collins community even after we are gone.

What services does the Community Foundation provide to you?
The Foundation takes care of all of the "business" of our fund, from investing our money to educating us about giving possibilities to informing us --- through publications and the annual luncheon --- about the good things happening in our region. It's easy for us. All we have to do is advise how and when to spend our dollars.

Why would you encourage others to establish a fund or learn more about how the Community Foundation can meet their philanthropic needs?
We feel very strongly that it is important to give back to the community that has been so good to us and our family over the 38 years that we have lived here. There is a real sense of teamwork in being a part of the Community Foundation. It feels good knowing that all of us together, giving what we can, will make a huge difference in our region.

What value does the Community Foundation bring to our region?
The Community Foundation is important for many reasons. It acts as a clearinghouse for charitable giving during emergencies. It educates us about giving opportunities around us, and it gives us an easy way to organize and oversee our donations. But perhaps most important is that having a community foundation makes a statement that our region places a high value on doing the right things --- giving back and taking care of the needs of our neighbors.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with current and potential donors?
Don't be intimidated by the word "foundation." You don't have to be a wealthy person. There is room for all of us little givers here.

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Colorado Eagles Foundation

Why did you establish a fund?
To give back to the community that supports us so well.

What services does the Community Foundation provide to you?
The Community Foundation provides knowledge and background in managing a charitable fund. They keep track of our finances, and they answer any and all questions we have regarding our fund.

Why would you encourage others to establish a fund or learn more about how the Community Foundation can meet their philanthropic needs?
The Community Foundation staff knows current laws and guides people and organizations, such as the Colorado Eagles, who are not familiar with the intricacies of managing a charitable fund.

What value does the Community Foundation bring to our region?
The Foundation is a major contributor to many nonprofit agencies that help our community and those less fortunate.

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Durand Family Fund

Why did you establish a fund?
To provide support for the needs of Fort Collins on a continuing basis, during and beyond our lifetime.

What services does the Community Foundation provide to you?
The Foundation is a focused and valued community asset for anyone who wants to give support to the community on a continuing basis. The organization provides investment services and the convenience of our Donor Advised fund that allows us to support needs we prefer.

Why would you encourage others to establish a fund or learn more about how the Community Foundation can meet their philanthropic needs?
It's a very convenient way to create and administer your legacy in the community.

What value does the Community Foundation bring to our region?
Excellent management of pooled funds and thorough review of needs requests which would require careful analysis on our own part if it weren't for the Foundation. They are one common source for handling community needs, a valuable service.

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Harry and Jody Love Family Fund

Why did you establish a fund?
We want to support organizations that are working to make our community stronger by helping people live more stable and productive lives. The Community Foundation provides an effective way for us to plan and manage our giving to those organizations.

What services does the Community Foundation provide to you?
The Foundation provides information about organizations that are potential recipients of grants from our fund. We receive newsletters and special mailings to keep us updated. We also receive regular reports on the status of our fund and grants we have made during the year. The entire staff is very professional and service-minded.

Why would you encourage others to establish a fund or learn more about how the Community Foundation can meet their philanthropic needs?
We would encourage others to consider establishing a fund at the Community Foundation because a Donor Advised fund provides advantages for people who want to maximize their philanthropic giving but do not want to manage a stand-alone foundation or trust. We like knowing that we can hand over the advisor roles to our family members, so our fund can continue to help others beyond our lifetimes.

What value does the Community Foundation bring to our region?
The Community Foundation provides a valuable service to our region by building bridges between nonprofits, whose needs are often not well-publicized, and individuals who have the ability and desire to support those organizations. We meet a lot of people through the Foundation who are passionate about building a better community, whether they are volunteering, directing a nonprofit, or contributing financially.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with current and potential donors?
We feel very fortunate to live in a caring community where so many people are involved in helping others. The Community Foundation plays a vital role in making that happen.

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Patricia McLean Memorial Fund

John McLean provided this interview in July 2007. He passed away on February 10, 2008 at the age of 68. Prior to his death, he named his niece as the successor advisor for his Donor Advised fund.

Why did you establish a fund?
To honor my mother, Patricia McLean, who raised four children by herself.

What services does the Community Foundation provide to you?
The Foundation manages the investment of the fund and disperses the grants in a smooth, easy manner. They inform me of other charities I might be interested in, and help me meet other folks and charity groups that have similar interests.

Why would you encourage others to establish a fund or learn more about how the Community Foundation can meet their philanthropic needs?
The Community Foundation makes things easy. The staff is excellent in handling my grants and suggesting other areas which might be of interest to me. They help me meet like-minded people and expose me to other areas of need in our community.

What value does the Community Foundation bring to our region?
The Community Foundation has filled a huge void in the community, as can be seen by its rapid growth and expansion. It gets like-minded people together and helps them decide where to give their charitable donations. It also exposes the donors to additional charities they might not otherwise know about, and makes giving much easier.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with current and potential donors?
Take a tour of the Foundation. Go to some of their open houses and other functions. Get to know the staff and meet other donors who are already part of the Foundation.

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The Ardeth G. Nieman Fund

Why did you choose to establish a designated fund?
I have had a lifelong interest - some might say obsession - with books and reading. For a long time, I have wanted to find a way to either establish or participate in a program to give good books to needy children who might not even own one book of their own.

My involvement with the Community Foundation began as a result of a discussion about this topic with an estate attorney who told me about the Foundation and suggested I call to set up a meeting with Ray Caraway. I did some further research on the Foundation, and had some conversations with friends and advisors who I knew were involved with the Foundation. They were exceptionally enthusiastic and supportive of the concept and activities of the organization, and all of them urged me to pursue this further.

I met with Ray and from that first meeting I became very impressed and interested in what had been established here in Northern Colorado. The philosophy and mandate provide a mechanism to serve some of our communities’ greatest needs.

Philanthropic Philosophy:
The Community Foundation provides several options for funding, ranging from one-time gifts to establishing designated or donor advised funds, scholarships, and unrestricted funds. The many options give you a wide choice in accomplishing your own philosophical and philanthropic interests and goals. This makes the donor an active participant in determining how their gift will be used.

I would say that my decision to establish a fund at the Foundation has been very satisfying and worthwhile on a personal level. Somehow it feels right to give what you have and what you can to the people and communities where you have chosen to live and work.

Charitable Goals:
The five recipients of this fund each reflect long-time areas of concern to me or areas where I have volunteered: Gift-A-Book Fund, Mildred G. Arnold Fund for Women and Girls, Crossroads Safehouse, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, and Poudre Valley Hospital Foundation. Happily, my list includes an already-established fund that provides books for kids who are not likely to have books of their own.

The Community Foundation:
I have known of the existence and work of the Community Foundation for several years, but did not have specific knowledge of its goals, objectives, and operations until Spring 2007.

I would like to see the message and simply the existence of the Community Foundation spread to a much larger audience in Northern Colorado. Since my involvement began, I have been “spreading the word” about the Foundation to almost everyone I know. While many have heard of its existence, few know about how it works, and most importantly, how they can be involved.

The Foundation provides an easy and effective avenue to get financial and other charitable contributions into the hands of nonprofit organizations where the needs are so critical to many of our own citizens. It is good to know that my gifts will directly help my neighbors and all the communities that make up the mosaic of Northern Colorado.

We all get solicitations and information from our churches, our alma maters, and all the major national charitable organizations, most of whom have well-established marketing and fundraising programs in place. Our Northern Colorado population is growing substantially, creating a need to focus more attention on serious community issues.

Making the Community Foundation a centerpiece for charitable giving in this area can have a lasting and extraordinary impact on all of us in a variety of ways. I plan to continue to spread the word and hope that everyone reading this will do the same.

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Richard J. and Marlene A. Schilling Charitable Remainder Trust

Why did you choose to establish a Charitable Remainder Trust?
Seven years ago, we established The Richard & Marlene Schilling Family Charitable Fund. Each year, a portion of the fund benefits charities. Creating the Charitable Remainder Trust allowed us to donate highly appreciated stock to the trust without paying capital gains tax on the sale of the stock. The full value of the stock (without any loss from capital gains tax) goes into the trust, and we are able to receive a lifetime income from this gift with a rate of return that is much higher than the modest dividend we were receiving from the stock. We also received a substantial income tax deduction by making the gift of stock into the trust.

Philanthropic Philosophy:
We believe that God has a higher purpose and calling for us to invest in giving to others in need. The uncertainties of worldly wealth will always remain; and the company whose stock we owned may cease to exist or provide financial security. However, The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado has given us the tools to successfully pass our blessings to those whom we want to bless!

Charitable Goals:
Upon our deaths, the principal will remain at the Community Foundation as our trustee, with our heirs as fund advisors, to give to the organizations and ministries that benefit Northern Colorado people and programs. The Community Foundation is providing an amazing opportunity for us to support our passion for giving to organizations that provide health, education, tithes, and basic needs within the northern Colorado area.

The Community Foundation:
We recently took the time to review our wills, our financial needs, and goals for our future. We selected the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado because of the integrity, experience, and professionalism of the staff.

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