Vail Valley nonprofits receive El Pomar funds |

Vail Valley nonprofits receive El Pomar funds

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – For the fifth time since the start of the economic downturn, El Pomar Foundation is distributing emergency funds to Colorado nonprofit organizations helping those who continue to struggle meeting basic needs.

Throughout the state, more than 150 nonprofit organizations that focus on direct human service support will receive grants totaling $1 million over the next month, including three in the Eagle County area.

The money is being distributed through El Pomar’s Colorado Assistance Fund V, a follow up to CAF I ($1 million in November 2008), CAF II ($1 million in August 2009), CAF III ($1 million in early 2010) and CAF IV ($1 million in early 2011).-

Locally, Bright Future Foundation for Eagle County ($5,000), Food Rescue Express of Eagle County ($1,000), and Salvation Army-Vail Valley ($9,000) will receive grants. The organizations were recommended for funding by El Pomar Foundation’s High Country Regional Council, an advisory board of community leaders representing Eagle, Lake, Pitkin, and Summit counties.

While there are indications that economic conditions may be improving, a recent survey of more than 150 Colorado health and human service providers conducted by El Pomar Foundation indicated that the needs are still great. According to respondents:

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• 88 percent saw an increase in demand for services over the last 12 months.

• 59 percent saw a decrease in donations over the last 12 months.

Other grant recipients in the High Country Council Region include: Advocates of Lake County $5,000 (Lake County), First Presbyterian Church $3,000 (Lake County), Lake County Human Services $7,000 (Lake County), St. George Episcopal Church $3,000 (Lake County), Aspen Community Foundation $3,500 (Pitkin County), Aspen Valley Medical Foundation $3,000 (Pitkin County), Pitkin County Health and Human Services $5,000 (Pitkin County), Dillon Community Church $3,000 (Summit County), Father Dyer United Methodist Church $3,000 (Summit County), Summit Community Care Clinic $5,000 (Summit County), Summit County Family Resource Center $5,000 (Summit County), and Summit County Social Services $5,000 (Summit County). In total High Country Colorado nonprofits have received a combined $295,500 from CAF I-V.

“Throughout the state, health and human service providers are still challenged by an increase in demand for services coupled with a decrease in funding,” said El Pomar Chairman and CEO William J. Hybl. “The trustees of El Pomar feel strongly that this remains an area where the foundation can make a significant difference by providing resources for those organizations that are supporting Coloradans still struggling to get by on a daily basis.”

El Pomar Foundation, based in Colorado Springs, is one of the oldest and largest private foundations in the Rocky Mountain West.-El Pomar contributes approximately $20 million annually through grants and Community Stewardship Programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities, and civic and community initiatives. Spencer and Julie Penrose founded El Pomar in 1937.

The High Country Regional Council is an El Pomar advisory board of local leaders representing Eagle, Lake, Pitkin, and Summit counties. The council provides local insight and grant recommendations to trustees of El Pomar Foundation. Since its inception in 2005, the council has recommended grants totaling $1,099,000. Council members include: Mike Bordogna, Lake County commissioner (Leadville); Kathy Brendza, principal at The New America School (Gypsum); Thomas Davidson, Summit County commissioner (Keystone); Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 56 (Frisco); Jim Morgan, general manager with Colorado Mountain News Media (Gypsum); Christine Scanlan, director of Legislative Affairs and Strategic Initiatives for Gov. John Hickenlooper (Dillon); and Sen. Gail Schwartz, Colorado General Assembly District 5 (Aspen).

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