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Summit Foundation Grants More Than One Million

Published: March 13, 2017

In December of 2016, the Summit Foundation Board of Trustees gave over one million dollars to local nonprofits within Summit County and other nearby communities. By the end of 2016, the Summit Foundation community grant allocations for the year totaled to over $1.7 million.

These grants are all made possible by over 3,000 generous businesses and individuals that contributed donations to the Summit Foundation throughout 2016.

The majority of the grants by the Summit Foundation are aimed at helping local families. They include programs that offer family support services, access to affordable healthcare and basic needs, early childhood education, and other assistance to ease the high-cost of living and help families thrive.

The wide-range of support also includes financial assistance for the students in the Summit County School System to participate in activities such as academic enrichment programs, arts outreach, after-school care, sports and recreation, and summer programs.

The Summit Foundation Partnered with Vail Resorts EpicPromise (Environmental and Sustainability program) during this last set of contributions to support six grants for high-quality early childhood programs to Breckenridge Montessori, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver, Early Childhood Options, Grand Beginnings, Lake Dillon Preschool, and Summit County Preschool.

Since the Summit Foundation started in 1986 they’ve distributed over $25.9 million in grants and scholarships. The largest fundraiser that contributes to the majority of the funds come from the patron pass program, a transferable medallion that is courteously donated through partnership with Vail Resorts, Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain

Arts & Culture | $168,600 Awarded

Alpenglow Chamber Music Festivals
Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
Breckenridge Music Festival
Lake Dillon Theatre Company
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
National Repertory Orchestra
Summit Concert Band
Summit County Arts Council
Summit Fine Arts for Youth
Summit Youth Orchestra

Bright Futures | $468,700 Awarded

After Prom Committee Summit High School
Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center
Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts
Breckenridge Montessori*
Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver*
Colorado Mountain College Foundation
Early Childhood Options*
Easter Seals Colorado
Education Foundation of the Summit
Grand Beginnings*
High Country Soccer Association
Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain
Keystone Science School
Lake Dillon Preschool*
The National Inventors Hall of Fame
Park County Public Library
The Peak School
SOS Outreach
South Park Early Childhood Park County
School District RE2
Summit County Mountain Mentors
Summit County Preschool*
Summit Rugby
Summit School District – Preschool Program
*Denotes a Vail Resorts EpicPromise Partner Grant

Environmental Stewardship | $58,500 Awarded

Colorado Mountain Club
Colorado Trail Foundation
Continental Divide Land Trust
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District
High Country Conservation Center
Mountain Area Land Trust
Vail Pass Task Force

Healthy and Safe Communities | $386,500 Awarded

Advocates for Victims of Assault
Advocates of Lake County
Bethany Immigration Services
CASA of the Continental Divide
Family & Intercultural Resource Center
Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Horizons Specialized Services
Lake County Community Fund
Mind Springs Health
Mountain Family Center
Outdoor Mindset
Rocky Mountain Rural Health
South Park Seniors
Summit Community Care Clinic
Summit County Coroner’s Office
Summit Rotary Charitable Fund
Wounded Heroes Family Adventures

The following donor advised and endowment funds held at The Summit Foundation provided additional funding to support many of these grant requests.

Brunetti Family Advised Fund
Finkel Family Advised Fund
Follett Endowment Fund
Hankison Family Advised Fund
The Highlands at Breckenridge Advised Fund
The Keltner Family Fund
The Lenzmeier/Williams Advised Fund
Mike and Mary Jo Millisor Family Fund
The Millisor Family Fund
Millisor Memorial Fund
Peaks Society Fund
Spiers Family Advised Fund
Swedish Family Advised Fund

If you’d like to donate to the Summit Foundation, contact us today at (970) 453-1450.


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