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Young philanthropists raise $11,000 for nonprofits through Impact 100 program

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A new generation of philanthropists has raised $11,000 that will be given to local nonprofits.

Over a total of 12 seasons, IMPACT 100 has raised $142,150.

"The goal is really to attract the next generation of philanthropists," said Reed Jones, who serves on the IMPACT 100 steering committee.

The IMPACT 100 fundraising events are organized to be fun and affordable for those interested in giving back through collective giving.

The concept is straightforward, and the program is organized by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

A group of about 100 people get together with a donation of $100 each.

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Decisions on who to give the money to are decided over the course of several dinners with donated food, drinks and venues.

"All food, drinks and locations are donated, so all the money that everyone gives goes directly to the organizations," Jones said.

The final voting party was held April 5 at the Over the Edge House donated for the evening by Pioneer Ridge lodging company.

Four nonprofits were chosen as finalists, and they made their pitches for why they should receive the money.

Integrated Community received more than half the votes and was awarded $5,000.

The money will be used by Integrated Community to provide interpretive language services to emergency service providers such as mental health professionals, police and domestic violence resources.

"This funding will provide Spanish speaking families and community members the ability to access local resources," Integrated Community Executive Director Sheila Henderson said.

Young Bloods Collective and Yampa Valley Sustainability Council each received $1,950.

Young Bloods Collective supports the next generation of artists, and they will use the money to help obtain a workspace.

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will use the money to help low-income families make their homes more energy efficient.

The IMPACT 100 group also awarded $1,100 to the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund, established to fund maintenance for new and existing trails in the area.

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