Boulder Community Foundation Grants $

community-foundation.gifI joined the Boulder County Community Foundation as a volunteer about a year ago and agreed to give some of my time to work on one of the committees to help process grant requests for the 2007 Community Trust Grant Cycle.

What struck me the most was that there’s not nearly enough money coming in to fully fund all of the grant requests. It was a disturbing part of the process and it made for some very tough decisions for our committee, and I’m sure all of the committee members, volunteering to assist with the Community Trust Grant Cycle.

Ultimately I felt compelled to contribute financially and only wish that I could have done more. The local publication, Boulder County Business Report let everyone know that the Foundation is having it’s annual award reception tomorrow, Feb 12th.

The Community Foundation is awarding $172,000 to more than 100 Boulder County nonprofits.

Sixty community volunteers served on eight committees to review more than 130 funding proposals, conduct organizational site visits and draft recommendations to The Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees about which proposals should be funded. The resident approach to grant decisions is unique to The Community Foundation.

I had the opportunity to work as a volunteer for the Community Foundation and Carly Hare, the Community Trust’s  program director.

“This is the most we’ve been able to give through the Community Trust,” said Hare,  “The money comes from donations from individuals, families, businesses who are active givers in the community. This is very grassroots, very community based and lots of people are involved in the process.”

Some of the organizations that were on the list with the education committee are Front Range Center for Assault Prevention, Colorado Business Leadership Network and Longmont Children’s Council.

One thing I noticed is that there was a wide discrepancy of skill used and attention paid to how all the grant requests were completed. Some organizations followed the guidelines provided by the Community Foundation very carefully; others did not and it made it difficult to analyze the true need of the organization and also the overall impact the organization requesting the grant has on the community at large.

It was a rewarding experience and I hope that I’ll have the opportunity to participate again in the process for this year.


One Response to “Boulder Community Foundation Grants $”

  1. Jack Reacher on February 17th, 2008 1:08 pm

    I didn’t know that a group like this had to leave some grant requests unfunded. that’s unfortunate. but good to know, maybe I’ll consider volunteering.

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