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The Western Colorado Community Foundation works closely with individuals, families and organizations to create charitable legacies to benefit our residents and improve the quality of life here in western Colorado. Our organization primarily serves Mesa, Garfield, Eagle, Rio Blanco, Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties.

Donor Funds
We manage millions of dollars and more than 200 donor funds.

Our donors come from many backgrounds and have their own charitable interests but share a common commitment to the community they call home. Each fund is separately accounted for, and has its own name and purposes as determined by the donor who established the fund.

All legal, tax and administrative requirements are handled by our Community Foundation and comply with IRS regulations and national standards for our field.

Make a Difference
Establishing a legacy fund is quick and easy. Make a difference and help your community! Please contact us for more information about tax benefits and how to establish a charitable fund at (970) 243-3767 or by email.

Celebrating 15 Years!


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Dorothy Ross Legacy

Dorothy Ross is remembered by those who knew her well for her hearty laughter and having a large and cherished circle of friends. A lifelong resident of western Colorado, Dorothy passed away almost a year ago at the age of 90. She and her husband had no children of their own, but loved children in their extended family and in the community.

Dorothy and her husband, Al, were involved for many decades with the Shriners. Dorothy made provisions in her will to leave all of her assets to charity. Along with her church and the Shriner's Children Hospital in Denver, our Community Foundation is the recipient of her generosity.

The Dorothy Ross Fund has been established to support programs that meet the health care needs of children, in our community and beyond. The national slogan for Shriners is "Love to the Rescue," and that sentiment captures Dorothy's philanthropic impulse exactly. Children in our community with illnesses and in need of medical care will benefit from her kindness for many years to come.

Date of Article: December, 2013


Kathy Pippenger Scholarship Fund

Dick Pippenger's wife of almost 50 years, Kathy, passed away a year ago. Her husband has established an endowed scholarship in her name for high school graduates in Mesa County who are interested in becoming a registered nurse, medical doctor or pursuing a career in engineering. Since Kathy was not able to fulfill her own goal of attending college, this is a way to help someone else achieve their goal.

Since moving to Grand Junction in 1991, Kathy was very active in the community. She loved serving in her church, Redlands United Methodist, by singing in the choir, playing hand bells and serving on many committees. Kathy was also known for her lifelong passion for quilting. She was a member of every local quilting group and especially enjoyed working on Quilt Documentations throughout Colorado. She loved creating quilts as gifts for family and friends as well as for people living with cancer through the Caring Hands and Hearts quilt group. Kathy fought her cancer for 32 years and demonstrated enormous courage, determination and faith. Quilting projects were a way for her to stay active and help others, despite her own health problems.

This new scholarship fund allows the memory of Kathy Pippenger to live on through an ongoing gift to support people going to college to pursue their career ambitions. Their education will help them to provide comfort and health to others through nursing or medicine - a fitting tribute to Kathy Pippenger who provided comfort and care to others during her lifetime. In addition, she appreciated the well-trained doctors and nurses who helped care for her during her many years fighting cancer. Engineering was also special to Kathy as her son and husband are engineers. She enjoyed seeing their education at work and appreciated how engineers serve people in so many ways. Whether a person pursues excellence in quilting, health care or engineering, service to others is a common theme.

Date of Article: December 2013


Past Bulletins:
» Remembering Dave Wood more
» Our Community Foundation Celebrates 15th Anniversary more
» Celebrating Hearts of Gold more
» Downtown Rotary Club Establishes New Endowment more
» Two Foundations Join Forces more
» Local Resident Gifts Multi-Million Dollar Royalty Interest more
» Winner Gives $10,000 to Promote Kidsí Philanthropy more