Women’s Foundation of Colorado creates Greater Vail Valley Women’s Fund
Women Thriving. Colorado Rising.
That is just one motto embraced by the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, whose mission is to create a future where Colorado women and girls of every background and identity prosper.
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO), although based in Denver, has had long-standing ties to the Vail Valley. This year, WFCO and the Vail Valley regional committee realized that together they can do better and established the Greater Vail Valley Women’s Fund.
This collaborative, philanthropic fund gives Vail Valley community members an opportunity to join together and enrich their region and state through informed, strategic grant making. They believe that they can ensure that more women in the greater Vail Valley region can earn livable wages that will allow their families to thrive, not just survive.
The fund will support unique, community-based needs in Vail as well as catalyze statewide change by fueling cutting edge research and advocacy efforts.
This is not the first time the WFCO has given back to the Vail Valley. The gifts of generous donors at their Birthday Bash in 2017 funded grants for the following organizations: Colorado Mountain College, The Literacy Project, Bright Future Foundation, Walking Mountains Science Center, Red Ribbon Project and The Cycle Effect.
At this year’s event at the Timber Hearth restaurant at Cordillera, ladies and a few gentlemen joined together at their annual Summer Games fund raiser to help kick off the Greater Vail Valley Women’s Fund. In addition to the fun and games, long time local and advocate for women and girls, Amanda Precourt, was given the 2018 WOW Award for her role in advancing women in our community and beyond. Precourt has an intense desire to help women of all ages overcome challenges and allow them to become their best selves.
WFCO founders knew it in 1987 and it’s just as true today – without philanthropy, systemic change for women will happen too slowly or not at all. It takes time, persistence, a shared vision, and a steady funding stream.
To learn more about the WFCO and the Greater Vail Valley Women’s Fund, please visit http://www.wfco.org.
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