Over a dozen community foundations focus on specific geographic regions in Colorado. One such group, the Aspen Community Foundation, addresses needs of working-class families and children in a region known for vast wealth disparities.
The Ashton Family Foundation is a low-key funder that awards grants to nonprofits throughout Utah. To help you familiarize yourself with this local giver, here are four things to know about AFF.
The Wynn name literally looms above Las Vegas and billionaire Wynn Resorts co-founder Elaine Wynn is one of America’s richest women. Now, well into her 70s, she is stepping up her giving through a foundation that works in several areas.
Based in Grand Junction, Colorado, RMHF is a health legacy funder with a broad approach to wellbeing that addresses needs in 22 counties. Her'e’s how it approaches grantmaking for local nonprofits.
The digital revolution sunk many traditional print-era newspapers, but media company Swift Communications evolved with the times and is doing well enough to give back to its communities.
One of the newest women’s giving circles is 100 Strong Gallatin Valley, affiliated with the Bozeman Area Community Foundation in Montana. Here we take a look at how these local women approach philanthropy.
The growing suicide epidemic across rural America and its mountain states is finally attracting more philanthropic attention. In Vail, Colorado a new $60 million commitment launched by a nonprofit seeks to transform behavioral health services.
Even as national funders step up their giving for child development and learning, a lot of the new action is happening locally, with regional foundations focusing more resources on the very youngest kids. We look at emerging initiatives in Texas and Montana.
The largest gift in Western State Colorado University’s history looks to boost access to STEM education in a fast-growing part of the country where demand for the skill set is inordinately high.
For decades, Philip Anschutz's extensive giving has unfolded below the radar. Now, tapping a $12.5 billion fortune, he’s stepping things up—and stepping out publicly, including with a $120 million gift to the University of Colorado.
As health funders move upstream to address the underlying drivers of health disparities, they’re broadening their strategies. The latest example: A $2.75 million grant to boost rural and minority small business owners in Colorado.
The clean tech car company is the latest corporation to turn to giving for STEM education, with a debut round of grants in Nevada. What’s the larger strategy, here?
Hansjörg Wyss has been branching out into all kinds of green giving in recent years. But Western land is still a core interest, evidenced by a recent gift that will retire oil and gas leases on protected Wyoming land.
Wyoming is a state that doesn’t get a ton of attention in terms of philanthropy news. But grantmaking here is on the rise, especially for causes related to animals and the environment.
A university president is undermined, prompting donors to rescind $22 million in funding. We dig into a complex, unseemly, and highly portentous case study out of Las Vegas.
Amid a growing opioid epidemic, one of the many places were addiction during pregnancy is a growing problem is the state of Montana. A health legacy foundation is trying to tackle the problem.
The Daniels Fund isn't well known outside of Western states, but it runs one of the nation's larger foundation programs that provide college scholarships. Here's a closer look.
The Colorado Health Foundation's new coalition to end hunger is another example of foundations looking to engage a wider range of stakeholders to move the needle on a persistent social problem.
Wyoming is the least populated state in the nation, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to talk about in terms of charitable giving. We take a look at the grantmaking scene.
Among all the states in the Northwest, grantmaking in Montana is growing the fastest. We're looking at trends in Montana giving and who's giving to which causes in the state.
There are now 228 health conversion foundations that pump out around $1.3 billion in grants annually. What does that mean for the future of health in the United States?
Jon Huntsman, who's given away over a billion dollars, is more known for fighting cancer than big government. So what's he doing teaming up with a lightening rod donor like Charles Koch?
Why do some capital projects succeed while others struggle to attract enough big gifts? We turn to the fundraising success of a Denver museum for answers.
"Audience engagement." "Communities." "Established conventions." A Mellon gift supports a training program that embraces the key components of its next-generation vision for museum professionals.
National parks have never drawn the kind of giving we see with urban parks. But that's starting to change, and the latest example of this is a successful campaign to acquire land in Wyoming.
The science of brewing beer is a bigger deal than you might think, tapping into a $100 billion U.S. market. Which helps explain a sizable campus gifts by a beer billionaire.