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$3 Million Matching Grant Allows Coloradans to Double Hurricane Recovery Donations

FORT COLLINS, Colorado, Sept. 12, 2017 – Coloradans who want to support hurricane recovery efforts now have an opportunity to double the impact of their giving.

Bohemian Foundation will match – dollar-for-dollar up to $3 million – gifts made by Colorado individuals, businesses and foundations to Colorado’s Hurricane Recovery Fund. This fund, established by the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, will help nonprofit organizations address intermediate and long-term hurricane recovery needs across U.S. states and territories.

Donations made to the fund by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 1, 2017 are eligible for the match. The Community Foundation will not charge an administrative fee to this fund. To donate online, visit the Community Foundation’s website at NoCoFoundation.org/hurricane. To have a personal conversation regarding a gift or to donate stock, please contact the Community Foundation team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-224-3462. Checks may be made payable to the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, memo Hurricane Recovery, and sent to 4745 Wheaton Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80525. Donors also can text COLOGIVES to 41444, a text-to-give option provided by United Way of Larimer County for this fund.

“The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and Bohemian Foundation teamed up to support recovery efforts for Hurricane Katrina and the Northern Colorado fires of 2012 and floods of 2013. We learned that there are two distinct areas to address: first response and long-term needs,” said Ray Caraway, Community Foundation president. “This fund will support intermediate and long-term needs. To distribute Coloradans’ generous support, we will work with trusted partners to fund reputable nonprofits who best know the needs in their communities.”

“This recovery fund allows Coloradans to assist the thousands of individuals who are suffering from the devastating 2017 hurricane season,” said Pat Stryker, founder of Bohemian Foundation. “With this matching grant, we invite all Coloradans to double the impact of their giving. We know our generous Colorado communities will answer this challenge.”

Following Hurricane Harvey, Bohemian Foundation established a $2 million matching grant that challenged northern Colorado residents to donate to the Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. With the growing impact of the 2017 hurricane season, Bohemian Foundation has expanded the match from $2 million to $3 million and has opened the campaign to all Colorado residents and organizations, including foundations.

The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado serves a unique leadership role in that it brings people and resources together around important issues. Charitable giving in response to a disaster can often be confusing and overwhelming, and the Community Foundation is a well-established steward of donations and is committed to deploying a thoughtful, responsible and timely due diligence effort to the distribution of donor gifts.

Bohemian Foundation is a private family foundation established in 2001 by philanthropist Pat Stryker. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Bohemian Foundation works to empower citizens and impact communities through its strategic grantmaking programs and special initiatives. To learn more visit, bohemianfoundation.org.

The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado is a nonprofit, public foundation working to build permanent endowments for the benefit of charitable causes and organizations in Northern Colorado. It manages more than 450 individual charitable funds --- including hundreds of Donor Advised funds established by individuals and organizations -- and more than $100 million in assets. To learn more visit, NoCoFoundation.org.

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Bohemian Foundation Launches $2 Million Matching Challenge

FORT COLLINS, Colorado, Sept. 1, 2017 – Larimer and Weld County residents who want to support Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts now have an opportunity to double the impact of their giving.

Bohemian Foundation will match – dollar-for-dollar up to $2 million – gifts made by Larimer and Weld County individual, business, and corporate donors to the NoCo Foundation Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. This fund, established by the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, will help nonprofit organizations address intermediate and long-term recovery needs in the area impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Donations made to the fund by midnight on October 20, 2017 are eligible for the match. The Community Foundation will not charge an administrative fee to this fund.

“One thing we learned from the Northern Colorado fires of 2012 and floods of 2013 is that there are two distinct areas to address: immediate relief efforts and long-term needs,” said Ray Caraway, Community Foundation president. “This fund will support the work of vetted charitable organizations as they undertake necessary recovery efforts.”

“This relief fund is a way for Northern Colorado and Bohemian Foundation to help the thousands of individuals who have suffered losses from Hurricane Harvey,” said Pat Stryker, founder of Bohemian Foundation. “We join all citizens around the nation in expressing our concern, and know that our generous community will answer this challenge.”

The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado serves a unique leadership role in that it brings people and resources together around important issues. Charitable giving in response to a disaster can often be confusing and overwhelming, and the Community Foundation is a well-established steward of donations and is committed to deploying a thoughtful, responsible, and timely due diligence effort to the distribution of donor gifts.

To donate, visit the Community Foundation’s website at www.NoCoFoundation.org. To have a personal conversation regarding a gift or to donate stock, please contact the Community Foundation team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-224-3462.

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Bohemian Foundation Announces Muse Grant Workshops Ahead Application Opening

FORT COLLINS, Colorado, Aug. 18, 2017 – Bohemian Foundation today announced two upcoming workshops in Larimer and Weld Counties regarding Muse, a new responsive, competitive grant program offered by Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs. The first workshop will take place on Aug. 22 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Music District, 639 S. College Ave., Fort Collins. The second workshop will take place on Aug. 29 from 4-5:30 p.m. at Zoe’s Cafe and Events, 715 10th St., Greeley.

The workshops will provide a general orientation to Muse, including eligibility, Music Programs goal fit and answers to frequently asked questions. They will also provide a brief overview of the application along with instructions for utilizing the Foundation’s grantmaking software. There will be opportunities to ask questions during the presentation and staff will also be available afterwards for one-on-one questions. Both workshops will cover the same content. Interested parties are encouraged to register online at bohemianfoundation.org/music-programs/muse/application-assistance, as space is limited.

Muse supports music-related organizations and activities in Larimer and Weld Counties. The grant program will provide support to organizations that have music as their primary focus, or that have a music-centered program. Through Muse, Bohemian Foundation will make awards up to $20,000 to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations serving Larimer and Weld Counties.

Applications for the Fall 2017 grant cycle will be accepted beginning Sept. 8 and awards will be made in late 2017. For more information, visit the Bohemian Foundation website at bohemianfoundation.org.

About Bohemian Foundation: Bohemian Foundation is a private family foundation established in 2001. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Bohemian Foundation works to empower citizens and impact communities through its responsive grantmaking programs and special initiatives.

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Bohemian Foundation Announces New Music Grant Program

FORT COLLINS, Colorado, Aug. 4, 2017 – Bohemian Foundation today announced the launch of Muse, a new responsive, competitive grant program offered by Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs. Muse supports music-related organizations and activities in Larimer and Weld Counties.

“Music fosters and enhances connections between people, and we look forward to supporting those connections through Muse,” said Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs Director Tom Scharf. “There are many wonderful organizations that build community through music in Northern Colorado. Muse encourages the important work they already do, and inspires new opportunities for innovative programs centered on music.”

The grant program will provide support to organizations that have music as their primary focus, or that have a music-centered program. Through Muse, Bohemian Foundation will make awards up to $20,000 to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations serving Larimer and Weld Counties. Applications will be accepted twice per year. Funding requests must align with at least one of Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs goals: to provide youth with encouragement and opportunities to express themselves through music; to help musicians and music-related businesses grow and develop; and to increase performances of live contemporary music.

The Foundation will host information sessions for interested grant applicants in late August and early September. Applications will be accepted beginning Sept. 8 and awards will be made in late 2017. For more information, visit the Bohemian Foundation website at bohemianfoundation.org.

About Bohemian Foundation: Bohemian Foundation is a private family foundation established in 2001. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Bohemian Foundation works to empower citizens and impact communities through its responsive grantmaking programs and special initiatives.

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Bohemian Foundation Seeks Pharos Fund Grant Applicants for Fall 2017 Grant Round

What: Bohemian Foundation today announced that Pharos Fund is now accepting applications for the Fall 2017 grant round. Pharos Fund is a responsive grant making initiative of Bohemian Foundation’s Community Programs. Bohemian Foundation is a private family foundation based in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Who: Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization or a governmental unit serving a charitable purpose. Private foundations, type III non-functionally-integrated supporting organizations, and programs and projects under fiscal sponsorship are ineligible to apply to Pharos Fund.

Applicants do not need to be headquartered in Fort Collins to receive funding. However, applicants must serve clients within the Poudre School District boundary or have a direct impact on individuals in the grantmaking area.

When: Bohemian Foundation will accept applications until 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 7.

Where: To apply for a grant, visit bohemianfoundation.org/pharos-apply

Applicants may apply for the following types of support: program support, general operating support or project support.

Pharos Fund grant applications are considered twice per year, once in the spring and once in the fall.

Applicants may request any funding amount up to $30,000 per application.

For more information, visit www.bohemianfoundation.org, call 970-221-2636 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Students award more than $70,000 to local nonprofits

FORT COLLINS, Colorado, June 16, 2017 – More than 200 Larimer County middle and high school students participating in the Give Next program capped off their school year by awarding more than $70,000 to 23 Larimer County nonprofits.

With financial support from local businesses, foundations and individuals, classes from the Poudre and Thompson School Districts awarded grants to recipients including FoCo Café; Homeless Gear; and Launch: Community Through Skateboarding. Give Next is a partnership of community volunteers and organizations that include Bohemian Foundation, the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, Poudre School District, Thompson School District and the Give Next Advisory Committee.

“Give Next fosters the next generation of community leaders, who learn about local issues and the nonprofits working to address them,” said Sara Maranowicz, Bohemian Foundation’s Community Programs Director. “The list of this year’s grant recipients illustrates the wide range of issues that students in our community care about, from food insecurity to homelessness; wildlife preservation to the arts.”

Give Next is a school-based youth philanthropy program designed to provide middle and high school students with experience in philanthropic giving. Through the program, local businesses, foundations and individuals become classroom donors by providing each participating school with $5,000 to award to Larimer County nonprofits. Many of the students from participating schools also complete their own fundraisers to add to the $5,000 grant amount provided by donors. Throughout the year, students design and manage their own grantmaking programs. Students work together to identify community needs, choose a focus area, create their own mission statement, research nonprofits, volunteer, conduct site visits, review grant applications and make funding decisions. At the end of the school year, students award grants to selected nonprofits. Through the process, Give Next enables students to experience the power of teamwork, the impact they can have on their community and the rewards of giving time, talent and treasure.

Currently, 13 middle and high schools in Poudre and Thompson School Districts participate in Give Next. Since the program’s inception in 2012, $226,000 has been awarded to a variety of nonprofits serving Larimer County. Every donor dollar goes directly to student grantmaking. For more information about becoming a Give Next classroom donor or about participating in the program, contact Jodie Riesenberger at 970-472-7672 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bohemian Foundation is a private family foundation established in 2001. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Bohemian Foundation works to empower citizens and impact communities through its responsive grant making programs and special initiatives. Bohemian Foundation provides management support for Give Next.

Please download the full news release PDF to view full list of 2016-2017 Give Next grant recipients.

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Last Day to Participate in Fort Collins Artspace Survey is June 19

FORT COLLINS, Colo., June 13, 2017—Individuals, organizations and businesses in the arts, cultural and creative communities have one week remaining to take an online survey that will help determine the need for affordable housing and work space in the Fort Collins area. Artspace, a national nonprofit, is conducting the survey which is accessible at www.focoartspace.org and closes June 19.

Survey results will provide information about how much housing and workspace the local arts community can use. The City of Fort Collins, Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority, and Bohemian Foundation invited Artspace to Fort Collins to explore the potential of developing affordable spaces where artists and creatives of all disciplines can live and work, and cultural organizations and creative businesses can thrive.

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Bohemian Foundation Pharos Fund Awards $500K to Local Nonprofits

FORT COLLINS, Colorado, May 9, 2017 – Bohemian Foundation today announced that it awarded $510,000 to 32 local nonprofits working to encourage and enable youth to thrive, empower individuals and families on the path toward economic stability and strengthen our vibrant Fort Collins community. Bohemian Foundation awards Pharos Fund grants twice every year. Since its inception in 2001, Bohemian Foundation Community Programs has awarded more than $17,210,000 million in Pharos Fund grants to a variety of nonprofits serving the Fort Collins area.

“We believe these organizations have valuable insight into the most pressing needs in our community,” said Sara Maranowicz, Bohemian Foundation’s Community Programs Director. “We continue to support organizations with the expertise to deliver responsive strategies to address local community needs.”

Pharos Fund is a responsive grant making program of Bohemian Foundation that makes awards up to $30,000 to eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and governmental units. A committee comprised of Bohemian Foundation board members, Bohemian staff and community members selects grantees through a competitive application process.

Full List of Round 1, 2017 Pharos Fund Recipients:

A total of $510,000 was awarded to 32 organizations.

  • Organization Name
  • Project
  • Award
  • Organization Name Book Trust
  • Project General Support
  • Award $30,000
  • Organization Name Homeless Gear
  • Project Children in Need
  • Award $10,000
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  • Total
  • $500,000

Bohemian Foundation will begin accepting applications for the next Pharos Fund round in August 2017. Visit BohemianFoundation.org for more information.

Bohemian Foundation is a private family foundation established in 2001. Based in Fort Collins, Colo., Bohemian Foundation works to empower citizens and impact communities through its responsive grant making programs and special initiatives.

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Pianos About Town Returns to Old Town Square to Celebrate Seventh Season

FORT COLLINS, Colorado, May 8, 2017 – On May 10 after months of indoor hibernation, painted pianos will emerge in outdoor locations across Fort Collins as part of the Pianos About Town project, a collaborative effort among Bohemian Foundation, the City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places program and the Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority.

Over the course of the year, local artists will paint 13 pianos donated by community members. Local artists and artist groups selected to paint pianos this year are Chris Bates; Edurado Casas; Chelsea Ermer; Carla Gamboa and Marina Avila; Jane Glotzer; Kris Grauvogl; Jana Leigh Hillstrom and Leisha Lawson; Pamela Kraft; Sarah J. Kuhn; Barbara and Rachel Lacerte; National Colorado Intertribal Powwow Association (NCIPA); Werner Schreiber; and Larry Tucci.

The Art in Action tent and summer painting will return to the south side of Fort Collins’ Old Town Square. The public is invited to stop by to watch the work in progress. On May 10, local artists Marina Avila and Carla Gamboa will begin working on the first 2017 piano.

“We’re excited to launch another colorful season of Pianos About Town in the community,” said Tom Scharf, Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs director. “Bringing together visual art and music in a community that really embraces both art forms is special. This program has high visibility and great participation and continues to remind us that Fort Collins is a great place to be."

Since the program’s start in 2010, 46 local artists have been employed to paint 80 pianos.

“Over the past several years of the program we’ve employed a wide range of artists: a high school student, Colorado State University students, as well as professional artists,” said Ellen Martin, Visual Arts Administrator for Art in Public Places. “This season, 10 of the 13 artists are new to the Pianos About Town program.”

Pianos About Town at a Glance:

Pianos About Town is intended to be a fun, interactive art installation that creates an additional element of whimsy and surprise in Fort Collins. The project is a public art initiative that provides paid work to local visual artists, that gives the public the opportunity to observe these artists work in real time, that showcases the work of these artists throughout town, and that brings opportunities for spontaneous musical expression to the streets of Fort Collins.

The original inspiration for Pianos About Town comes from British artist Luke Jerram, who created a 60-piano installation that toured the world, stopping in New York City in June 2010. Pianos About Town was also inspired by a similar project on Denver’s 16th Street Mall. The first pianos were placed in Downtown Fort Collins during the 2010 holiday season and were an instant hit. This is the seventh season for Pianos About Town.

Pianos are acquired through donations made by community members looking for a new home for their used instruments. Pianos are picked up, free of charge, from their previous homes and brought to a storage area where they are cleaned, tuned, prepped for painting, and readied for the outside elements. After that, the painting begins. Selected local artists spend approximately two weeks painting their piano in downtown Fort Collins, outdoors in a public location when weather permits. Once painted, each finished piano enters into rotation at Pianos About Town locations throughout Fort Collins. Area businesses play a key role in the success of the project by “adopting” the painted pianos and covering them during inclement weather.

Please download the full news release PDF to view artist profiles.

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Survey Launches to Assess Need for Affordable Housing and Workspace for Arts, Cultural and Creative Communities

FORT COLLINS, Colo., April 25, 2017—Individuals, organizations and businesses in the arts, cultural and creative communities are invited to participate in an affordable housing and workspace survey that launches today. The online survey, conducted by Artspace, a nonprofit real estate developer, is available at focoartspace.org to residents of Fort Collins and surrounding areas.

The survey is the next step in a process the City of Fort Collins, Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority and Bohemian Foundation began when they invited Artspace to visit Fort Collins last October. The three partners assembled a core group of community arts leaders to help plan and facilitate Artspace’s Preliminary Feasibility Visit. During this preliminary visit, Artspace conducted a series of community meetings and focus groups to assess the feasibility of creating an affordable housing, studio and workspace project designed for artists, musicians and other individual creatives and organizations/businesses. Based on the findings from this Preliminary Feasibility Visit, Artspace recommended conducting an Arts Market Study to provide an in-depth analysis of the space needs of the local arts/creative community.

The Arts Market Study will consist of two versions of an online survey where respondents can answer questions about their space needs as a member of the creative community. One survey is an individual artist survey, the other survey is for leaders of arts and cultural organizations and creative businesses. All in the arts, cultural and creative communities in Fort Collins and surrounding areas are encouraged to participate in the surveys, which will remain online for eight weeks, closing on June 19.

The surveys will provide data about how much housing and work space the local arts community can use and what design features and amenities are desired. Resulting data can help attract funders, encourage the creation of space by private developers and advance a possible project. In addition, survey responses will influence the location and type of new spaces, design features, amenities, programs and affordability.

About the Partners

The City of Fort Collins, Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority, and Bohemian Foundation are the three partners that invited Artspace to Fort Collins to explore the potential of developing affordable spaces where artists/creatives of all disciplines may live and work and arts/cultural organizations and creative businesses can thrive.

About the Core Group

The partners assembled a Core Group of community arts leaders who helped facilitate Artspace’s Preliminary Feasibility Visit and who continue to engage artists and creatives in next steps.

About Artspace

Artspace is the nation’s leader in artist-led community transformation, with 46 projects in operation across the country and another dozen in development, representing a $600 million investment in America’s arts infrastructure. With headquarters in Minneapolis and offices in Denver, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington D.C., Artspace is America’s leading developer of arts facilities. To date, Artspace has completed nearly 2,000 affordable live/work units for artists and their families as well as more than a million square feet of non-residential space for artists and arts organizations. For more information about Artspace visit www.artspace.org.

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