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Below you’ll find a list of the Foundation’s main funds. From unrestricted to Community Grants to Imagination Library and more, there are many options to support your community foundation. For a full list of funds you can donate to online, click here.
CFGV Annual Fund
CFGV Annual Fund dollars are used to support all Foundation activities outside of grantmaking including special programs and initiatives and nonprofit capacity building.
Community Grants Program
In its Community Grants Program, the CFGV funds nonprofits that work for the greater good of the region in the areas of arts and culture, community development, environment, education, human services, athletics, recreation, historical tradition, and preservation or domestic animal protection and welfare.
In collaboration with Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation and CFGV donors, every month a new, carefully selected book is mailed to each preschool child in Gunnison and Hinsdale counties who is registered with the Imagination Library program. Reading to a child during preschool years is the biggest boost toward a successful education we can give our children. Valley children are excited to grow their very own library and look forward to “their” mail arriving. In Dolly’s own words, “If my Imagination Library helps turn the dreams of a child into the promise of a bright future, then one of my biggest dreams will come true.”
The Forever Fund is a permanent resource for the Foundation that can be used while it grows. It provides an annual revenue stream that can increase community resiliency and give CFGV more ability to meet today’s needs. It supports all that is behind the scenes in making the Foundation strong and flexible. At the same time, because principal is never touched, and it’s wisely invested, the fund grows each year, preparing for the unknowns of the future.
The Charter Endowment is dedicated to future grantmaking programs at the Foundation. Whether it’s supporting Community Grants or creating a new initiative, your gift to the Charter Endowment ensures CFGV can provide broad support to the entire Gunnison Valley nonprofit community.
One Goal, One Passion Scholarship Fund
Matt Howard and Chris O’Neill, seniors at Gunnison High School in 2014, created the One Goal, One Passion Scholarship fund to benefit the graduating class of 2026 – those youngsters in kindergarten the year the fund was established. The scholarship guidelines call for a balance of both academic achievement and community engagement. The winner(s) of the scholarship(s) will also have attended school in the Gunnison School District from kindergarten through their senior year. Matt and Chris invite YOU to contribute . . . think future! The amount of the scholarship(s) given in 2026 will depend on contributions given through the years and the growth of the invested funds.
Patti Bouchard Bippus Fund
To honor her devotion of education, Patti’s family created the Patti Bouchard Bippus Fund at CFGV. The fund is endowed, which means it will endure forever – and Patti’s name will live on in the Valley as though she were still with us. Read More…
Matthew Van Eaton Fund
Matthew’s friends and family chose to celebrate his life through a permanent fund that will benefit nonprofits in the Gunnison Valley forever. To read more about Matthew and the fund created in his memory, click here.
Featured Community Funds
Gunnison Valley Education Foundation
Enriching Education for Everyone! Read More…
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In addition to CFGV funds, part of our role as a community foundation is to steward community and donor-advised funds. Please click here to peruse a full list of funds held by CFGV.