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Support a nonprofit wish

Nonprofit Spotlight
Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kay Vasilakis

The Aspen Community Foundation is excited to participate in the Grand Holiday community event from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in downtown Glenwood Springs. The Glenwood Springs office will be open to share in the community celebration and to offer nonprofits involved in its 2008 grant cycle to present specific “wishes” to the community for funding during the holiday season. Donors may fund a project or choose to give a few hours of volunteer time to a local agency.

During the open house, nonprofits and donors are invited to share the work they’re doing and build relationships to strengthen the nonprofit sector.

Laurie Currier and her students from the Community Connections classes will be providing volunteer hours to prepare the nonprofit “wishes” for distribution, and various music students/classes will be singing throughout the open house.

If you cannot attend the foundation’s open house Dec. 6, you may stop by the office throughout the month of December to pick up and support a nonprofit wish.

The Aspen Community Foundation functions as a philanthropic resource for the greater Roaring Fork Valley by providing flexibility, professional administrative support, investment management and program evaluation services.

Giving through the Community Foundation is easy. Donations can be made in any amount, and can be designated for particular Community Foundation programs or for unrestricted funds. The foundation works closely with its donors to develop a program of giving to meet their needs and interests.

Whether you want to donate $20 to a local preschool, or your family wants to create a nonrestricted fund, The Aspen Community Foundation can make it easy and make sure your dollars are well-used and professionally managed.

“It’s all really about the faces, the stories of people’s lives and the community that we serve,” said program officer Sonja Linman. “Every donation makes an impact. With the economic turmoil, we’re anticipating increased grant requests and direct service support.”

Smart business practices are even more important in these times of fewer resources and greater needs, and the ACF has those resources to help local nonprofits stay responsive to the community.

“The Community Foundation has positioned itself to respond robustly to our community with stability, support and focus,” said Sonja. “All contributions to our unrestricted grantmaking go directly back to the community.”

It is important to understand no donation given to the Aspen Community Foundation goes to overhead or operating costs. The office space at 801 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs has been generously underwritten by U.S. Bank, and the foundation is greatly appreciative.

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column appears every other Wednesday. She is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her with a news tip, call 384-9118 or e-mail

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