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.
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.
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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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Remembering Ouray community leader, WCCF founder Dave Wood
A resident of Ouray for many decades and chairman of Citizens State Bank, Dave Wood was the epitome of a traditional community banker: hard-working, loyal and dependable, treating his employees like family, with deep ties and a sense of commitment to his customers and the community he lived in.
Dave loved music and the opera and was a generous patron of the arts. He was eager to see the renovation of the Wright Opera House in downtown Ouray. As someone who appreciated history, he loved living in the little mining town.
Dave was always very generous in his own charitable giving, providing financial support to many different nonprofit organizations. He also served as a trustee of the Massard Trust, a private foundation making grants in the Town of Ouray. Dave was a founder, board member and long-time supporter of our regional Community Foundation. As a banker, he embraced the concept of charitable endowments – of putting aside funds today, managing them to grow over time, and generating earnings to make grants and improve the community, year after year and for generations to come.
Dave made provisions for a significant estate gift to the Dave and Mary Wood Fund managed by our Community Foundation; through this donor-advised fund, ongoing funding will be provided to many of the organizations and programs he supported in his lifetime as well as new ones identified by his three children who serve as advisors on the fund.
Date of Article: Spring 2013
Building a Community Grants Fund for
As part of our 2020 visioning process, our Community Foundation board is committed to building our Community Grants Fund. This fund will provide greater flexibility to respond to current community needs and address future needs and new projects in the seven counties we serve.
Our goal is to build our Community Grants Fund to $10 million in the next ten years. An endowment of this size will allow us to invest $400,000 to $500,000 each and every year in our communities, above and beyond grants and scholarships from our donor-directed funds.
Everyone who lives in Western Colorado and who cares about this place we call home is invited to make a donation to our Community Grants Fund, now or as part of their estate planning. Any and all size donations are appreciated. For more information or to discuss a gift, please contact our office.
Date of Article: Spring 2013
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