Life is good in Colorado Springs.
Here at the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, we know we can make it even better! PPCF team members are the dynamic force behind much of the charitable giving in our community. Our entire team is dedicated to recognizing and meeting the needs of our neighbors here at home. We make grants that support great people who have great ideas to improve our community. PPCF’s roots reach far into the foundation of our historical town. PPCF evolved from the Colorado Springs Trust, which was founded in 1928. The visionaries behind the Trust believed that the Pikes Peak region needed a way to build a permanent charitable endowment to improve the quality of life in the area. For decades, the Trust made millions of dollars of grants to nonprofits in our area before its board decided that a true community foundation was needed to make a lasting positive impact.
Since 1996, PPCF has generated more than $100 million for a wide range of charitable purposes, reinvesting more than half that amount in community projects and grants to nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has also preserved in perpetuity priceless community assets such as Venetucci Farm and Aspen Valley Ranch.
What is a Community Foundation?
Community foundations are charitable organizations created through gifts from thousands of people who care about a particular geographic area. Donors can contribute any amount of money to a community foundation, which, in turn, invests the gifts to benefit the community in the future. Community foundations make grants that strengthen their community. They also design and launch charitable projects that make positive impacts on quality of life. Community foundations are carefully designed to operate in perpetuity — meaning that gifts made to them will continue to grow and provide resources for that specific community — forever. There are more than 700 community foundations throughout the United States today.