Bohemian Foundation is challenging individuals to donate to flood relief and recovery efforts in Larimer County and will match dollar-for-dollar donations from individuals made by Oct. 31 to the three flood relief funds established by the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. You do not need to be a resident of Larimer County to have your gift matched.
In response to the devastating floods impacting our region, the Community Foundation created three charitable funds to address the intermediate and long-term relief and recovery needs within Larimer County. These funds are:
• Flood Relief: Estes Park and its canyon communities (Drake and above)
• Flood Relief: Loveland and its canyon communities (below Drake)
• Flood Relief: Poudre River communities.
Gifts to the funds will support the work of local nonprofit agencies and governmental entities in their work to meet the needs of those impacted in our community. Bohemian Foundation will donate up to $250,000 to each of these three funds to match donations that are made by individuals by Oct. 31. The Community Foundation will not charge any administrative fees on donations made to these funds.
“One thing we learned from the fires of 2012 is that there are two distinct needs to address in this type of disaster: immediate response needs and long-term needs,” Community Foundation president Ray Caraway said. “The Community Foundation’s Flood Relief funds are not designed to detract donors from the immediate local efforts. However, we understand that donors are also thinking about long-term implications of the flood on our regional resources and infrastructure.”
“This community was incredibly generous in answering Bohemian Foundation’s challenge to contribute donations to the 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts in this same manner,” said Pat Stryker, founder of Bohemian Foundation. “Now let’s turn our compassion back to our neighbors here at home and do the same for those who have suffered catastrophic losses from the recent, devastating floods in Larimer County.”
To donate, visit the Community Foundation’s website at www.NoCoFoundation.org.