2017-12-05
Press Release

Media contact: Julian Kesner, The Colorado Trust, 303-539-3147

DENVER, COLO.—The Colorado Trust, a foundation dedicated to creating fair and equal opportunities for Coloradans to lead healthy lives, announced it has granted $5,000 each to five rural nonprofit organizations in northwest Colorado in conjunction with the September 2017 Rural Philanthropy Days.

Rural Philanthropy Days connects funders with nonprofit organizations and government agencies that serve rural Colorado. The biannual event was created in 1991 by the Community Resource Center (CRC) and the Anschutz Family Foundation to strengthen nonprofit-funder relations and address critical needs in rural Colorado communities.

The latest Rural Philanthropy Days, which took place in Craig, Colo. this fall, convened nonprofit representatives from Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties. Grants of $5,000 were awarded by The Trust to each of the following organizations:

  • Moffat County United Way (Moffat County): The Moffat chapter works toward uniting its community to achieve positive change by strengthening health, education and financial stability among residents. Funds will support Bridges Out of Poverty, an intensive training and education program for low-income residents.
  • Advocates Building Peaceful Communities (Routt County): Advocates provides crisis services, residential shelter, advocacy and community awareness for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Funds will help cover operating expenses.
  • Northwest Colorado Center for Independence (Grand, Moffat, Routt and Summit counties): The center provides free services and consultation to seniors and people with disabilities who wish to live independently, minimizing institutional care and reliance on outside services. Funds will be used to assess offices of physicians and other health care providers, and offer guidance on how to be more inclusive of the disabled community.
  • Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation (Routt County): The foundation supports the ability of Yampa Valley Medical Center to provide health care services and support to the greater Steamboat Springs community. Funds will help provide three iPads that act as mobile interpreters with access to 35 languages (including American Sign Language), as well as devices for patients with poor eyesight or who are hard of hearing.
  • Choose When (Moffat and Routt counties): The first project of a community group called Focus on Women, the program provides long-acting reversible contraception to low-income women in northwest Colorado. Funds will be used to expand the program to Moffat County.

Since 2009, The Trust has provided $486,500 in grants to rural Colorado nonprofit organizations via Rural Philanthropy Days, and to CRC to support the statewide RPD program. For more information about Rural Philanthropy Days, visit the CRC website.

About The Colorado Trust
The Colorado Trust is a foundation dedicated to achieving health equity—ending inequalities that affect racial, ethnic, low-income and other vulnerable populations, so that everyone can achieve good health. The Trust believes all Coloradans should have fair and equal opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives regardless of race, ethnicity, income or where we live. The Trust focuses on policies and information related to advancing health equity, as well as projects that address health equity in partnership with communities throughout Colorado. For more information, visit www.coloradotrust.org.