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Partnership marks a new era

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The volunteer based Two Rivers Community Foundation (TRCF) recently partnered with the Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF), in an effort to become a full-service community foundation.The partnership marks a new era for TRCF and has board member Terri Miller very excited about the possibilities.”It’s kind of the trend in rural areas for community foundations to be underneath an umbrella of a regional foundation because they have a paid staff that can help and do research into projects that we are interested in doing,” Miller said.The new affiliation means that TRCF will broaden its base from holding funds for community projects such as the Aquatic Center, the Whitewater Park and the Glenwood Springs Tot Lot, to creating permanent endowed gifts that will generate investment income that can be used to make grants in the community for many years. Those endowed projects will also include scholarships.The WCCF is certified for complying with national standards for community foundations by the Council of Foundations in Washington, D.C.”With us going under them we can make sure that everything we do meets national standards,” Miller said.The WCCF has hired Glenwood Springs resident Pam Szedelyi as the Garfield County Marketing and Outreach Coordinator. Miller said the addition of Szedelyi will assure that the affiliation works properly. It also adds a new dynamic to the TRCF. Szedelyi will work along with the TRCF volunteer board to reach those individuals who might be interested in endowment and gifting.”When someone worked day to day, it’s different than volunteering and allows for us to have more structure,” Miller said. “If there is someone interested in opening a donor fund, Pam can be the person to help set that up.”WCCF currently manages 130 donor funds and holds more than $11 million in assets. It also has a professional staff and proven policies in place to manage investments, accept gifts and administer grants and scholarships.The TRCF board has recently expanded and consists of 12 community members including: Terri Miller, Marilee Rippy, Dave Sturges, Steve Vanderhoof, Trish Kramer, Joe O’Donnell , Janice Barker, Lauri Bosco, Patti Payne, Clayton Collier, and Andrea Porter and Dale Shrull of the Post Independent.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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