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As Colorado Giving Tuesday Approaches, a message from the Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF) points out the goal of the foundation is to build a stronger, more connected community.  And, December 7 is the best time all year to “give where you live”.

According to new Executive Director Betsy Dittenber, the support of donors, volunteers, and partners has meant that the foundation, while relatively new in Chaffee County, has been able to make great strides in the last three years by:

  • Fostering philanthropy – generating much needed resources that can be pooled to grow the positive impact.
  • Facilitating community conversations to make sure all voices are involved in locally based, creative solutions.
  • Investing in a robust nonprofit sector that will increase our resilience and grow our vitality.

Gifts to Chaffee County Community Foundation Operating Fund have helped make the following possible:

  • 900 volunteers connected to local nonprofits through the Volunteers In Action site at in 2021.
  • 32 local nonprofits funded with $190,820 through the Community Grants Program in partnership with Town of Buena Vista, City of Salida, and Sangre de Cristo Electric Association since 2020.
  • 22 hours of training and development provided to nonprofit leaders in 2021.
  • $775,000 in Emergency Relief distributed to 300+ individuals, 45 small businesses, and 30+ nonprofits since the fund was launched in 2019.
  • 15 Donor Advised Funds managed by CCCF, allowing philanthropists large and small to create targeted funding solutions for special causes.
  • Catalyzed a unique solution to the housing crisis with Jane’s Place in Salida.

Yet there is more work to do. The pandemic continues to place a heavy burden as the community struggles to navigate health, housing, employment, childcare, and more. “We need your support to be a robust and responsive community foundation – now and in the future,” notes Dittenber. ” Your donation will allow us to respond quickly and effectively to the needs in our community.”

CCCF is asking Colorado residents to consider a donation to the CCF Operating Fund as part of Colorado Gives Day on Tues. Dec. 7.