The Lake County Community Fund (LCCF) was created to provide an additional, steady source of funding for nonprofits in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado.
Inspiration came when a group of individuals recognized that, to accomplish their collective goals, these historic mining towns needed a more sustainable funding approach.
The LCCF Steering Committee formed in August 2014 and began exploring options for building a community fund. As part of this process, the committee chose to form an affiliate fund with the Pikes Peak Community Foundation until its own application for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status could be approved. The LCCF was established as an independent nonprofit in June 2017.
A fund by and for the community
In the fall of 2015, as part of its planning efforts, the steering committee held two events to seek community input: a question-and-answer session at Colorado Mountain College and an open house at Leadville’s Harperrose Studios. Steering committee members carefully gathered feedback from the events and seated the initial board of directors in February 2016.
Today, as board and committee members, we are hard at work setting up the processes that will help us establish a fund for Leadville and Lake County that can support great community efforts in good times and tough times, forever. Currently, our efforts are focused on creating policies to assist in expanding the LCCF and building the LCCF’s general fund.
Above all else, we intend for LCCF to be a fund built by and for the community. We seek community input and continue our outreach efforts with local stakeholders to support the mission of the LCCF and refine our work based on the community’s guidance.
What are your thoughts? Please join us for a meeting and get involved. [link]