Bohemian Foundation gives $100,000 to help Colorado communities recover from wildfires

Bohemian Foundation is giving a $100,000 grant to the newly established Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012 to assist all communities affected by the state’s wildfires, including the High Park and Waldo Canyon fires.

The relief fund, created June 28 by Gov. John Hickenlooper, is accepting donations through The Denver Foundation for large or collective contributions. Bohemian Foundation is among a growing list of contributors that now includes FirstBank, the Denver Broncos, Coca-Cola and mGive Foundation.

Individuals are encouraged to contribute through HelpColoradoNow.org where they can support a nonprofit of their choice.

“Bohemian Foundation joins the many concerned citizens and organizations in Colorado and around the nation who have monitored the scope and impact of the High Park Fire and other wildfires in our state,” said Pat Stryker, founder and president of Bohemian Foundation. “We are deeply concerned for the well-being of those individuals and their communities who have suffered tragic losses and whose lives have been upended by these fires. The relief fund is an excellent opportunity for Bohemian Foundation to help.”

Stryker says Bohemian Foundation will continue to assess how it can assist in long-term recovery efforts in the aftermath of the fires, but felt a grant to the Colorado Fire Relief Fund was a logical choice since the fund will offer broad-reaching support.

Gov. Hickenlooper has appointed a special board to administer and distribute money donated to the relief fund. The board will be chaired by David Miller, president and CEO of The Denver Foundation. Other board members, such as Ray Caraway of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, represent the heads of community foundations in regions impacted by the wildfires.

Bohemian Foundation is a private family foundation established in 2001. Based in Fort Collins, Bohemian Foundation works to empower citizens and impact communities through its strategic grantmaking programs and special initiatives.

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