Women Thriving. Colorado Rising.

Vail Valley regional Committee

When Women Thrive, Vail Valley Rises

*Applications open for the 2019 Vail Valley grant cycle. Scroll down to learn more.*

For many of us, the Vail Valley is a place to work and play—a place to come together with family and take advantage of the abundant opportunities and activities the Valley offers. But for too many women in the valley, simply ensuring their families' basic needs are met is a challenge.

  • Right now, over 2,000 women 18 and older in Eagle County live in poverty.
  • In Eagle County, twenty percent of female-led households with children under 18 live in poverty and twenty-nine percent of Latina female-led households live in poverty.
  • The average cost of infant care in Eagle County for a year is $13,033. Median earnings for women in Eagle are $41,742. That means the average woman in the Vail Valley region would be paying nearly a third of her annual income on childcare alone without the aid of subsidies.
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado and the Vail Valley regional committee know that, together, we can do better. We can ensure that more women in the greater Vail Valley region earn a wage that allows them to thrive, not just survive.

Since 2011, the Vail Valley regional committee has granted over $150,000 to local organizations that advance opportunity for women and girls as a result of funds raised in the community, and raised additional dollars to fuel statewide policy change. The power of this generosity, the energy and dedication of local leaders, and WFCO’s research and data expertise create the building blocks for expanded regional grantmaking and increased impact.

The Greater Vail Valley Women's Fund, a fund of The Women's Foundation of Colorado

In 2018, we will pilot The Greater Vail Valley Women’s Fund, a fund of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. This collaborative philanthropic fund will give community members the opportunity to join together and enrich their region and state through informed, strategic grantmaking.

Vail Valley’s regional committee will continue to lead local fundraising, education, and community-building events. The Greater Vail Valley Women’s Fund will support unique, community-based needs in Vail as well as catalyze change by fueling cutting-edge research, advocacy efforts, and statewide policy change. Grantmaking will be guided by a diverse and representative group of local community members.

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Why give?

  • The Greater Vail Valley Women's Fund is open to gifts of any size from community members who recognize the exponential power of collaborative giving
  • Combine your dollars with other gifts to maximize impact
  • Connect with and learn from others who share a passion for the region while supporting efforts that help women and their families thrive
  • Become part of a vibrant community of local philanthropists
  • Participate in educational opportunities about grantmaking and issues affecting women and girls while gaining a deeper understanding of their community’s needs and strengths

The Greater Vail Valley Women's Fund Grantmaking Committee

The Greater Vail Valley Women’s Fund Grantmaking Committee will review applications from local nonprofit organizations and select grantees. The Council will be made up of Vail Valley community members - regional committee members, WFCO trustees, local government representatives, local nonprofit representatives, and people with a rich diversity of experiences living and working in the Vail Valley. All will share a commitment to ensuring that women and their families in the Vail Valley have the opportunity to thrive, not just survive. Through service on the committee, members will learn about our community and issues facing women and girls and develop as leaders and philanthropists.

Committee members will serve for the duration of the 2019 grant selection process, January through March 2019, and may have the opportunity to participate in the process for up to three successive years.

Applications for the 2019 Greater Vail Valley Women's Fund Grantmaking Committee are now closed. Individuals who submited an interest form will be contacted by December 21, 2018 about whether they have been selected.

Grants from The Greater Vail Valley Women's Fund

*Applications now open*

The Greater Vail Valley Women’s Fund, a fund of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, is a collaborative philanthropic fund giving community members the opportunity to work together and enrich their region and state through informed, strategic grantmaking. The Greater Vail Valley Women’s Fund will support unique, community-based needs in Vail as well as catalyze change by fueling cutting-edge research, advocacy efforts, and statewide policy change. This fiscal year, the Greater Vail Valley Women’s Fund Grantmaking Council has discretionary funds to grant within their community, as a direct result of their fundraising efforts. This opportunity is separate from WFCO’s larger statewide grantmaking process and is controlled locally in Vail. Applicants for these funds should align with The Foundation’s mission of catalyzing community to advance and accelerate economic opportunities for Colorado women and their families.

WFCO invests in programs and organizations that apply a gender lens to their work. We hope to support organizations that share our commitment to supporting women and their families in our state, and that respond to the unique strengths and challenges of diverse women in their communities. Our grantees will demonstrate knowledge of and deep engagement within their own communities, and will work with women and/or girls, other nonprofit organizations, government entities, and corporations to open opportunities and eliminate disparities so that more women can move from surviving to thriving. All applications must be submitted by 5 pm MT on January 25, 2019.

How to Apply

Read the full guidelines.

Applications will be submitted through Cybergrants. Please login to CyberGrants, complete the basic organization information requested, and also attach an application letter of no more than 2 pages with font 12 point Times New Roman.

Your application letter should include:

  • Your organization’s mission statement
  • Information on your organization’s operating budget for the current fiscal year
  • A description of the program or initiative including project title and the number of participants that will be funded by this grant, if received
  • A statement on how your organization aligns with the mission, vision, and values of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado

You will also be asked:

  • The total grant amount requested (the allowable request range is $5,000 to $20,000)
    - For requests of $10,000 or more please plan to submit your organization’s most recent financial audit, project budget, and a board list that includes professional and community affiliations
  • Information on the number of individuals served (approx.) by your organization each year, and the percentage of those individuals that are women and/or girls
  • Demographic information including the age of those served, their race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status

All applications received via CyberGrants by 5:00 p.m. MT on January 25, 2019, will be reviewed and evaluated by the Vail Grantmaking Committee and WFCO staff. This team will evaluate submissions during the months of January and February, and present their recommendations to The Women’s Foundation of Colorado board of trustees at their March meeting for final approval. Organizations will receive information on the final status of their grant request no later than March 31, 2019, and grant agreements and funds will be dispersed shortly thereafter.

For any questions or additional clarification, please contact Alison Friedman Phillips, manager of programs, at alisonp@wfco.org, or via phone at 303-285-2972.

How to get involved

If you would like to learn more about volunteering with one of our grantees or if you are interested in joining the regional committee, attending WFCO educational events, being considered for the Grantmaking Council, or other opportunities to connect with The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, contact Renee Ferrufino, vice president of development, at reneef@wfco.org.

Partnership information

Interested in partnering on an event in Vail Valley? Contact Renee Ferrufino at reneef@wfco.org.

Regional committee meetings

WFCO's regional committees meet regularly in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Northern Colorado, Pueblo, and the Vail Valley. Contact Renee Ferrufino, vice president of development, at reneef@wfco.org to get involved at an upcoming meeting in your area.

Vail Valley Committee Meetings

Monthly schedule TBD. Check back soon or contact Renee for more information.

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