Your community foundation has constituted an advisory committee to provide guidance on the use of funds and to provide grant recommendations to our board. The committee is composed of the following community leaders:
Kathleen Collins (KC) Becker, former Speaker, CO House of Representatives
Violeta Chapin, Professor of Law, University of Colorado Boulder
Dana Derichsweiler, Co-Owner, Walnut Cafe
Nancy Feldman, Victims Advocate
Richard Garcia, Member, Board of Education, Boulder Valley School District
Elizabeth (Betsy) Hall, Associate Dean & Professor, Regis University
Annett James, President, NAACP of Boulder County
Robert (Bob) Lawhead, Policy Advisor, Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council
Pedro Silva, Associate Minister, First Congregational UCC Boulder
Marc Soloway, Rabbi, Bonai Shalom
Gwyneth Whalen, former Judge, 20th Judicial District of Colorado
To respond effectively and holistically to this crisis, we will ensure support reaches the following three concentric circles of proximity.
Circle 1 – Victims & families: Colorado Organization for Victim's Assistance (COVA) is meeting the needs of those in this circle via direct support to individuals. The Boulder County Crisis Fund will send support to COVA for these efforts. Community Foundation Boulder County will not provide direct assistance to individuals. A grant of $500K to COVA from the Crisis Fund was announced on June 1, with instructions that the funds be divided evenly to each of the 10 victims' families.
Circle 2 – Those directly affected: COVA is also meeting the needs of those in this circle via direct support to individuals. The Boulder County Crisis Fund will send support to COVA for these efforts. The definition of who is eligible for such assistance is determined based on needs assessed by COVA. Boulder County Crisis Fund will also assist people in this circle by way of grants to local entities providing direct services. We will continue to work together to clarify these supports as the response continues.
Circle 3 – Broader community: Our community has immediate and long-term needs to heal from this event. Boulder County Crisis Fund will support the community’s healing via grants and open funding opportunities to and for local nonprofits and government entities. Please note that all donations received after May 31, 2021 will support this third circle of need.
Community Foundation Boulder County has been your trusted philanthropic partner for thirty years. We earn that trust every day by approaching our work with equity, transparency, and integrity.
We do not do this work alone. The Boulder County Crisis Fund is supported by Community First Foundation, The Denver Foundation, Longmont Community Foundation, Rose Community Foundation and many others in our community. Additional support to help offset administrative costs of this fund has been provided by Mile High United Way.
We also are working in concert with our faith community, including Boulder Mennonite Church, Community Church of Lyons, Congregation Bonai Shalom, Congregation Har Hashem, First Congregational Church, First UMC of Lafayette, Islamic Center of Boulder and Westview Church.
Checks made out to "Community Foundation Boulder County" with "Crisis Fund" in the memo line can be mailed to Community Foundation Boulder County, 1123 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302.
To make gifts of stock or inquire about other options, please contact Lynda Ricketson, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, at 720-667-3557.
Credit card donations will be assessed a 2.5% processing fee by PayPal. Community Foundation Boulder County has waived all administrative fees for this fund.