A History Spanning Two Decades in Weld County

In 1997, the Greeley Area Foundation and the Weld Community Foundation merged to form the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County. 

Since that time, it has provided more than $21.1 million, primarily in the Weld County community, in the form of grants, scholarships and program support. As of December 31, 2016, the Community Foundation has assets of nearly $18.3 million and manages more than 135 funds.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Creating two affiliate foundations -- one in Fort Lupton and one in Windsor -- to further the Foundation's reach throughout the County.
  • Providing $1.5 million in total grants and program support in 2016 alone. 
  • Serving as an incubator for new non-profit organizations by providing administrative stewardship and support while they are getting started.
  • Stewarding donations to create the Poudre Learning Center to offer educational programs to area schools.
  • Working with local women to establish the Women’s Fund of Weld County.
  • Since our inception, awarding more than $2.9 million in youth and arts-related grants to nonprofit organizations and educational programs.
  • Helping coordinate fundraising efforts to send World War II, Korean War and other veterans to Washington DC to see their memorials.
  • Responding to natural disasters by accepting and distributing donations to help those affected.

Deep Roots in Weld County

The Community Foundation has deep roots in Weld County and a broad period of county-wide philanthropy pre-dated its founding. This activity began formally when The Greeley Area Foundation was established as a trust in 1972 by First National Bank of Greeley. It was created as a vehicle for the community that would provide a perpetual source for funds that could be left by its citizens for purposes that would benefit both individual segments of the population and the area as a whole. In 1993, it became clear that a new type of legal organization would better serve the whole community.  With the cooperation of the trustees, the Greeley Area Foundation was changed from trust form to corporate form and received its 501c3 status in 1995.Two years later, the organizations and efforts were merged and became the Foundation in its current form. Since that time, the Foundation has expanded to include multiple funds and two affiliate foundations that deepen our reach in Fort Lupton and Windsor.

The Foundation's 20th Anniversary 

The Community Foundation is excited to celebrate its 20th Anniversary throughout 2017. Staff and board have created a number of activities to mark this milestone including:

  • A grant program specifically for this occasion. Known as the Making Your Wish program it provides funding for a range of free community activities held with non profit and governmental organizations. To learn more about this program click here.
     
  • Supporting up to 20 free events funded by the anniversary grant program to promote community and inclusivity. Click on the link above to view a list of these activities.
     
  •  At Making Your Wish events, the Foundation is asking attendees write down what their wishes are for Greeley and Weld County. Staff will post these wishes online and on social media in order to encourage a conversation about what stakeholders want for the future. To read some of these wishes, click here.