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Southern Colorado Community Foundation

121 West City Center Drive, Suite 240
Post Office Box 1432
Pueblo, Colorado 81003
United States

Mission

To enhance the quality of life and promote philanthropy through leadership, resources and traditions

Most Meaningful Change

We provide scholarships to students at Colorado State University in Pueblo. The university football program was eliminated several years ago, then recently reinstated with a state-of-the-art stadium built through private donations. Our foundation provides $150,000 in scholarships to athletes through a donor-advised fund. The reintroduction of football has significantly increased the university’s enrollment as well as its visibility not only regionally but nationally.

1998 Year Founded
$10,000,000 Endowment Value
$360,000 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Top Programmatic Priorities
Population Area Served

350,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationSouthern Colorado Community Foundation
Address 1121 West City Center Drive, Suite 240
Address 2Post Office Box 1432
City / TownPueblo
State / RegionColorado
ZIP / Postal Code81003
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone719.546.6677
Emailkester@ddmktg.com
Websitewww.sccfcolorado.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Doris Kester, Executive Director
Primary Contact’s NameDoris Kester
Primary Contact’s PositionExecutive Director
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1998
Mission StatementTo enhance the quality of life and promote philanthropy through leadership, resources and traditions
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced350,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)2
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members14
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$1,210,895
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$156,190
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$804,822
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$360,000
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$10,000,000
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed an important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismPlayed a slight role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a slight role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a slight role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed an important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingPlayed a slight role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesPlayed a slight role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodFair amount of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyFair amount of time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityImportant but not central
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communitySlightly important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityImportant but not central
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyImportant but not central
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureFair amount
EducationFair amount
EnvironmentFair amount
HealthFair amount
Human and social servicesLot
Human rightsFair amount
International relationsNot at all
ReligionLittle
Economic developmentLittle
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityLittle
Information technologyLittle
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingFair amount
ChildrenLot
WaterLittle
Alternative energyLittle
Disaster reliefLittle
Advocacy with authoritiesLittle
Job trainingLittle
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOccasionally
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyRarely
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOften
AdvocacyOccasionally
Loaned staffOccasionally
ResearchRarely
Community needs assessmentOften
Leadership developmentOften
InternshipsRarely
Providing space for local organizationsOften
Access to information technologyOften
Publishing/knowledge sharingOccasionally
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting better
CrimeNo change
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting better
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesNo change
Social position of marginalized groupsNo change
Responsiveness of authoritiesGetting better
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting better
Value of community assetsGetting much better
Quality of the environmentGetting much better
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting much better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting better
Gender equityGetting better
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting much better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyA few small achievements
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communitySome important achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesA few small achievements
Social position of marginalized groupsA few small achievements
Responsiveness of authoritiesA few small achievements
Appropriateness of public policiesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Value of community assetsA few small achievements
Quality of the environmentA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communitySome important achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsSome important achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Gender equityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Charitable giving through the community foundationSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingA few small achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLot
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLot
National governmentLittle
UniversitiesLot
SchoolsLot
BusinessesLot
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersNeither helpful or unhelpful
Regional association of grantmakersHelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationVery helpful
Other organizationNeither helpful or unhelpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsNo
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doNo
Actively engage local people as volunteersNo
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingImportant
Better legal or fiscal environmentNeither important nor unimportant
More volunteersUnimportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceNeither important nor unimportant
Better local culture of givingImportant
Stronger civil societyImportant
More responsive authoritiesUnimportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsWe provide scholarships to students at Colorado State University in Pueblo. The university football program was eliminated several years ago, then recently reinstated with a state-of-the-art stadium built through private donations. Our foundation provides $150,000 in scholarships to athletes through a donor-advised fund. The reintroduction of football has significantly increased the university’s enrollment as well as its visibility not only regionally but nationally.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

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