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DENVER, COLO.—The Colorado Trust, a foundation dedicated to creating fair and equal opportunities for Coloradans to lead healthy lives, announced it has made $25,000 in grants to benefit five nonprofit organizations working to advance the health and well-being of citizens and communities in southwestern Colorado. The Trust made the grants after meeting with nonprofit organizations at Rural Philanthropy Days in June in Pagosa Springs, Colo.
Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) connects funders with nonprofit organizations and government officials that serve rural Colorado. This biannual three-day event was created in 1991 by the Community Resource Center (CRC) and the Anschutz Family Foundation to strengthen nonprofit-funder relations and to address critical needs in rural communities across Colorado. June’s RPD brought together representatives from Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties.
“Having grown up in rural Colorado, I understand the important role that nonprofit organizations play in improving community health and well-being,” said Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, President and CEO, The Colorado Trust. “RPD allows us to connect with nonprofits and residents in rural communities so that we can advance opportunities for all Coloradans to be healthy.”
Grants of $5,000 were awarded to each of the following organizations:
- Archuleta County Veteran Services Office: providing assistance to veterans and their family members with Veterans Affairs benefits
- Hospice of Montezuma: providing support for people with terminal illnesses
- La Plata Family Centers Coalition: creating partnerships to strengthen families and improve community health
- Shining Mountain Diabetes Program: providing diabetes treatment, diabetes prevention and healthy lifestyle education for Native Americans living on or near the Southern Ute Indian Reservation
- TARA Historical Society at Navajo Lake: providing programs and services for the rural communities of Tiffany, Allison, Rosa and Arboles, Colo.
Read a Trust blog post providing more details on how each of these entities plan to use this new funding.
Since 2010, The Trust has provided more than $260,000 in grants to rural Colorado nonprofit organizations through RPD. In addition, The Trust also provides general operating support to CRC to help make RPD possible.
The Trust will participate in the next RPD in September in Trinidad. For additional information about RPD, please visit CRC online.
About The Colorado Trust
The Colorado Trust is a health foundation dedicated to achieving health equity. We believe 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.
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