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Pikes Peak Community Foundation

Who We Are

Pikes Peak Community Foundation evolved from the Colorado Springs Community Trust, founded in 1928 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. During a 70-year period, the Trust quietly made millions of dollars of grants to non-profit organizations in our region. However, because the Trust had been chartered as a private foundation, its board came to realize that our community needed a true community foundation to make a lasting positive impact on our community.  Pikes Peak Community Foundation was created in 1996 to take a leadership role in promoting philanthropy in the Pikes Peak region. Since that time, PPCF has generated more than $100 million for a wide range of charitable purposes, re-invested more than half that amount in community projects and grants to nonprofit organizations, and preserved in perpetuity priceless community assets.

What We Do

  • We make grants that support great people who have great ideas to improve our community.
  • We operate high impact programs such as Venetucci Farm, the Fund for the Arts, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, the Erikson Fund, the Mary Starsmore Fund, the Pikes Peak Conservation Fund, Pinello Ranch, and the new Gordon Jackson Foundation at Aspen Valley Ranch to create maximum benefit for our community.
  • We create custom-designed charitable gift funds for individuals, families, and businesses. Examples include donor-advised funds, donor-designated funds, endowment funds, memorial funds, and scholarship funds.
  • We provide a simple, flexible, and inexpensive alternative to setting up a private or family foundation.
  • We build permanent endowment funds that can benefit our community forever.
  • We offer maximum tax advantages for charitable giving. In addition, we can accept a wide range of assets.
  • We preserve and honor the intentions of donors who create funds within the Community Foundation.
  • We maintain extensive files about local nonprofit organizations and provide timely information for donors who want to support those organizations.