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Senior Center Expansion Awarded $30,000 grant from Gates Family Foundation

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Peggy Bowers, 970.221.6357,
Jill Mueggenberg, 970.221.6358,
The Fort Collins Senior Center Expansion Committee, a citizen-led 501C3 formed in 2007, has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Gates Family Foundation. The funds will be utilized toward the Fort Collins Senior Center expansion project that broke ground in October and is scheduled to open summer 2014. The Expansion Committee would especially like to thank the Fort Collins Community Fund and the Hammond-Gribbell Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado for their $30,000 grant that helped the committee meet the fundraising requirements of the Gates Family Foundation grant award.

The Expansion Committee has also received grants from the Boettcher Foundation ($25,000), Burt Foundation ($1,250), Daniels Fund ($150,000), El Pomar Foundation ($15,000), Griffin Foundation ($1,000), and Woodward Charitable Trust ($2,000).

The nationally recognized Fort Collins Senior Center opened in 1995 and has been operating at capacity since opening day. With Larimer County's 65+ population projected to grow by more than 140% over the next 20 years, Fort Collins voters in 2005 approved a $5.1 tax increase to expand the Senior Center. The expansion will create an additional 17,000 sq. ft. adding multi-purpose rooms, a cardio-fitness room, a dance and exercise studio, additional storage space, a larger lobby and social cafe, a wellness center, new administration space, and more parking.

For questions regarding the Expansion, call 970.221.6644.

About the Committee and Grantors
The Senior Center Expansion Committee, a citizen-led 501(c)(3) non-profit, was formed to raise awareness about the need for the expansion and additional funds needed to support the project. The committee is nearing its $1,000,000 fundraising goal. For more information, visit SeniorCenterExpansion.org.

The Gates Family Foundation makes philanthropic investments statewide that contribute to the quality of life in Colorado, create opportunities for youth, and support stewardship of this extraordinary place, particularly the state’s natural inheritance. www.gatesfamilyfoundation.org

The Boettcher Foundation’s mission has been to invest in the minds and mortar of Colorado. They do this by awarding full four-year in-state scholarships to the state’s top high school seniors and by providing capital grants to Colorado nonprofits. www.boettcherfoundation.org

The Nathan B. and Florence R. Burt Foundation, located in Denver, Colorado, is a non-profit corporation incorporated on December 13, 1984 by the late Nathan and Florence Burt, the founders of the widely known Burt auto retailing business. The Foundation generally restricts its grants to organizations dealing with and affecting the needs of children and senior citizens. www.burtfoundation.org.

The Daniels Fund Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations in our four-state region as well as national programs. Each year, approximately 70% of the Daniels Fund’s community investments are made through the Daniels Fund Grants Program in the following areas: Aging, Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Amateur Sports, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education Reform, Ethics and Integrity in Education, Homeless and Disadvantaged, and Youth Development. www.danielsfund.org

El Pomar, located in Colorado Springs, is a private nonprofit foundation established in 1937 by Spencer and Julie Penrose. El Pomar currently contributes approximately $20 million annually through grants and programs. For more information, please visit http://www.elpomar.org.

The Fort Collins Community Fund is an unrestricted fund established for the Fort Collins Community by the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. For more information, please visit http://www.nocofoundation.org/71/Fort%20Collins.

The Griffin Foundation was organized in 1991 by Pat Griffin, who lived his entire adult life in Fort Collins, CO. Griffin Foundation supports higher education as one of its three principal missions. Other charitable activities include the support of health care and of the performing arts, the favorite activity of his wife of more than fifty years, Edna Rizley Griffin. www.thegriffinfoundation.org

Woodward is committed to supporting programs and organizations that ensure our communities are desirable places to live and work. The Woodward Governor Charitable Trust supports organizations providing basic needs, youth education and mentoring, healthcare, and cultural activities. Woodward is headquartered in Fort Collins and serves global markets in aerospace, power generation, transportation, and process industries. www.woodward.com.

For more information or to make a donation, please contact Peggy Bowers at , 970-221-6357.

NOTE: The City of Fort Collins will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities. For more information call 970.224.6027 or email
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