Our History

Since 1928

Rooted in History

Colorado Springs Community Trust founded in 1928

Our origin dates back to 1928 with the creation of the Colorado Springs Community Trust by visionary citizens who believed that the Pikes Peak region needed a way to build a permanent charitable endowment to improve the quality of life in our community. The Trust was a collection of separate trusts managed by three local banks: US Bank, Bank One and Wells Fargo.

In 1996, Michael Hannigan along with Board members of the Community Trust believed that a community foundation would be best situated to meet the needs of philanthropists. In 1998, the Pikes Peak Community Foundation and the Colorado Springs Community Trust begin operating alongside each other with combined administrative and grantmaking objectives. The Colorado Springs Community Trust was fully dissolved into Pikes Peak Community Foundation in 2009.

Since the first grant was made nearly 90 years ago, the Community Foundation has made over $70 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in our region.

Key Dates in our History

  • 1928: Colorado Springs Community Trust is created
  • 1996: Pikes Peak Community Foundation is founded
  • 1998: CSCT and PPCF begin operating together
  • 2009: CSCT is dissolved into PPCF as one organization
  • Today: Over $70,000,000 in grants have been distributed to nonprofits

Building for the Future

The visionary and caring citizens who created the original Community Trust in 1928 held the same belief that we hold today: that giving back is both an honor and a responsibility. And, by working together, we can make this place better for the people who live here, now and forever.