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Yampa Valley Gives nets $370,974 for nonprofits

Mark Wertheimer joined Jaiya Ellis, back right, Jenny Carey, back left, and Joan Lazarus waving signs and encouraging people to give to nonprofits in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday as part of Yampa Valley Gives. The new program, which functions under the umbrella of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, partners with Colorado Gives Day to expand the reach of the statewide day of giving, serving as the platform to connect donors with participating local nonprofits.

Yampa Valley Gives totals

Organization name donations

■ Total Family Development Center of Steamboat Springs $91,335

■ Yampa Valley Community Foundation $49,349

■ Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundation $27,357

■ Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports $24,910

■ Strings Music Festival $15,929

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■ Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado $12,280

■ Routt County Humane Society $10,635

■ Lift-Up of Routt County $10,530

■ Steamboat Springs Arts Council $9,830

■ Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association $9,050

■ Routt County United Way $8,240

■ Friends of Perry-Mansfield, Inc. $7,818

■ Yampa Valley Land Trust $7,600

■ Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley $7,530

■ Friends of the Chief Foundation $7,459

■ Partners in Routt County $7,030

■ Rocky Mountain Youth Corps $6,850

■ Yampa Valley Autism Program $6,831

■ Yampa Valley Sustainability Council $6,585

■ Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA $6,080

■ Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series $5,795

■ Integrated Community $3,680

■ Old Town Hot Springs $3,460

■ Horizons Specialized Services $3,125

■ Yampatika $3,125

■ Routt County Riders $3,016

■ Advocates Against Battering and Abuse $2,695

■ Steamboat Dance Theatre $2,505

■ Community Agriculture Alliance $2,235

■ Routt County Council on Aging $1,400

■ Grand Futures Prevention Coalition $1,325

■ Selah $1,180

■ Tread of Pioneers Museum $1,135

■ NorthWest Colorado Center for Independence $910

■ Emerald Mountain School $880

■ Moffat County United Way $550

■ MainStreet Steamboat Springs $395

■ Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition $185

■ Community Budget Center, Inc. $100

■ The Memorial Hospital of Craig Foundation, Inc. $50

Total $370,974

— Yampa Valley residents gave big Tuesday with nearly $371,000 in donations to local nonprofits.

The Yampa Valley Gives fundraising drive coincided with Colorado Gives Day, a statewide effort organized by the Community First Foundation.

The Family Development Center of Steamboat Springs attracted the most donations with $91,335. That and other dollar amounts are likely to grow as matching funds are allocated. Those numbers will be announced Dec. 19.

The welfare of children and early childhood education seemed to be a priority for a few donors.

The Family Development Center operates the Discovery Learning Center early childhood center and also offers family services through the Child Care Network and the Newborn Network.

The Discovery Learning Center, which was turned into a nonprofit 30 years ago, intends to use the money raised to offer more scholarships to needy children, whose parents struggle to afford child care. According to a recent report, Steamboat Springs and Routt County top the list of the least affordable places in Colorado to raise a young child.

"I was on the verge of tears a couple of times when those big donations came through," Family Development Center Executive Director Tami Havener said. "It makes such a big difference to us."

In the past year, 36 families and 38 children benefited from scholarships at Discovery Learning Center with $130,615 as the total amount awarded.

Havener said Tuesday morning that the center was notified it had received a $40,000 contribution. At about 4:30 p.m. the center received another large donation, this time $50,000. Because the donations were being made to a child care program, the donors qualified for not only a federal tax deduction but also a 50 percent state income tax credit.

"I think that is a huge draw, but also the generosity of the donors speaks volumes," Havener said.

There were 39 other local nonprofits that benefited this year during Colorado Gives Day with the newly-established Yampa Valley Gives campaign.

Yampa Valley Gives was formed as a project undertaken by the 2013-14 class of Leadership Steamboat, a group that aims to develop leaders in the Routt County community.

"We are so incredibly grateful to Community First Foundation for including us in Colorado Gives Day and working so hard with us to get 40 nonprofits online under the Yampa Valley Gives Regional Champion umbrella,” Yampa Valley Gives Board President Glen Traylor said in a news release.

Yampa Valley Gives was established with help from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and a $30,000 grant from the Boettcher Foundation and El Pomar Foundations.

Statewide, Colorado Gives raised $26 million for nonprofit organizations.

To encourage donations this year, Colorado Gives was able to collect $1.15 million in incentive funds and there is an additional $20,000 for nonprofits in Routt and Moffat Counties. Every nonprofit that received a donation on Colorado Gives Day will receive a proportionate share of the incentive funds. When those are added to what was donated Tuesday, the total dollar amount given to local nonprofits is expected to exceed $400,000.

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation received the second-most donations locally with $49,349.

"It's just another example of how special, how extraordinary this community is,” Tarsha Ebbern, of Yampa Valley Community Foundation, said in a news release. “It's also clear that people who live here full- and part-time just needed a channel to be able to give easily back to their community, and we are so grateful that Glen Traylor and members of the Leadership Steamboat class took this project on, and worked so hard to make it great. As a result, they have established a legacy, a way for people to give where they live for many years to come.”

Lane Malone, director of development with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, said they were grateful to their 38 donors who gave $27,357.

“We are thrilled with the local response to this event and impressed by the hard work of the Leadership Steamboat team that spearheaded the Yampa Valley Gives regional initiative of Colorado Gives,” Malone said. “It's all about communication, collaboration and giving from the heart — making an impact where you live."

Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports, or STARS, received the fourth most donations with $24,910.

“It definitely exceeded our expectations,” Executive Director Julie Taulman said. “We are about halfway through our goal for our annual campaign — just from yesterday — which is great.”

Taulman said they had new donors as well as donations from people who already had given to STARS.

“I think they realize the money is going to a worthy cause, and it’s going to help a lot of people,” Taulman said.

Yampa Valley Gives wants to help any nonprofits that are interested in being included in the 2015 campaign. Interested groups should email info@yvgives.org.

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Yampa Valley Gives totals

Organization name donations

■ Total Family Development Center of Steamboat Springs $91,335

■ Yampa Valley Community Foundation $49,349

■ Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundation $27,357

■ Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports $24,910

■ Strings Music Festival $15,929

■ Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado $12,280

■ Routt County Humane Society $10,635

■ Lift-Up of Routt County $10,530

■ Steamboat Springs Arts Council $9,830

■ Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association $9,050

■ Routt County United Way $8,240

■ Friends of Perry-Mansfield, Inc. $7,818

■ Yampa Valley Land Trust $7,600

■ Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley $7,530

■ Friends of the Chief Foundation $7,459

■ Partners in Routt County $7,030

■ Rocky Mountain Youth Corps $6,850

■ Yampa Valley Autism Program $6,831

■ Yampa Valley Sustainability Council $6,585

■ Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA $6,080

■ Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series $5,795

■ Integrated Community $3,680

■ Old Town Hot Springs $3,460

■ Horizons Specialized Services $3,125

■ Yampatika $3,125

■ Routt County Riders $3,016

■ Advocates Against Battering and Abuse $2,695

■ Steamboat Dance Theatre $2,505

■ Community Agriculture Alliance $2,235

■ Routt County Council on Aging $1,400

■ Grand Futures Prevention Coalition $1,325

■ Selah $1,180

■ Tread of Pioneers Museum $1,135

■ NorthWest Colorado Center for Independence $910

■ Emerald Mountain School $880

■ Moffat County United Way $550

■ MainStreet Steamboat Springs $395

■ Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition $185

■ Community Budget Center, Inc. $100

■ The Memorial Hospital of Craig Foundation, Inc. $50

Total $370,974