Q3 2020 Newsletter
Creating Community Since 1928
Community Foundation CEO Reflects on the Evolving State of Philanthropy
"In the span of only eight months, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted everyday life from a physical, emotional, and economic perspective. Every sector has been touched. Every business has been changed. Every community has been transformed. Every person has been impacted." Click here to read the full Guest Column.
PPCF Continues to Honor Venetucci Farm Legacy by Bringing Pumpkin Patch to Students
For more than 50 years, Nick and Bambi Venetucci opened their fields to thousands of children to give away free pumpkins. In 2006, Pikes Peak Community Foundation took over Venetucci Farm to preserve their legacy, protect the land forever, and continue the long-standing fall tradition.

Due to the pandemic, Pikes Peak Community Foundation, and our partners at Catamount Institute, got creative in delivering the Venetucci legacy. Instead of field trips to the Farm, we brought the pumpkin patch to schools and distributed pumpkins to kindergarteners onsite, along with educational instruction on plants and insects.

This year, more than 1,200 free pumpkins were given away throughout the region. Even in the COVID-19 age, Pikes Peak Community Foundation is committed to honoring the Venetucci Farm legacy.

Community Foundation Launches Nonprofit Resiliency Effort featuring Lines of Credit
The Resiliency Through Innovation (RTI) Initiative was created to address the ongoing challenges that our nonprofit community is facing.

Partnering with PPCF fundholders and private foundations, RTI will offer nonprofits the opportunity to examine how they will preserve, expand, and reshape the way they serve through an organizational analysis and assessment process that leads to recommendations for future funding. Community needs are vast and cannot be met by philanthropy alone. RTI is intended to complement efforts of public funding and health systems by identifying where philanthropy can add value.

Nine nonprofit organizations are currently in Phase One of the RTI process, which includes financial mentoring and scenario planning. More updates to come!
Nonprofit Leader Spotlight:
Jessie Pocock and Inside Out Youth Services
Jessie has been an important part of the Colorado Springs nonprofit sector since 2006, previously dedicating herself to supporting nonprofit efforts in addiction recovery, children experiencing homelessness, artistic education for those with disabilities, and more.

After serving as the Executive Director of the LEAD Foundation and serving on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, she now serves as the Executive Director for Inside Out Youth Services (IOYS).

In this role, Jessie spearheads efforts to empower, educate, and advocate for LGBTQ+ youth by creating safe spaces, providing support systems, and teaching life skills in an effort to make the community safer for this population.

Nonprofits Speak to the Challenges They Face in the Midst of Global Pandemic
This June, more than 200 nonprofits were invited to complete the State of Nonprofits in the Pikes Peak Region survey.

The survey--a partnership between Quad Innovation PartnershipSpur Philanthropy, RNR Foundation, and Pikes Peak Community Foundation--had a 53% response rate and summarizes the aggregated, de-identified data.

A few highlights:
  • 72% of respondents have less than 12 months’ liquid, readily available, assets
  • Almost 70% of respondents have a budget of less than $1M
  • 38% of respondents expressed interest in low- or no-interest loans

Top 5 Immediate Needs:
  1. Financial support for new or unexpected services or expenses
  2. Ability to acquire safety and Personal Protective Equipment
  3. Providing appropriate technology
  4. Ability to meet payroll
  5. Ability to purchase supplies

Linked here is the final summary of the survey. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mina Liebert, Director of Community Impact.
New Team Member Joins PPCF's
Philanthropic Services Department
Libby Ebeling joined PPCF in September 2020 as the new Philanthropic Services Associate. In this role, Libby provides excellent service and communications to fundholders as well as event, grantmaking, and other support.

Before joining the Foundation's team, Libby earned her bachelor's degree at Virginia Tech in Public & Urban Affairs and Spanish. After graduating, she completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Mexico City as an English Teaching Assistant where she attained professional proficiency in Spanish.

As a recent East Coast transplant, she is excited to explore and engage with the Colorado Springs community and all it has to offer.
About Pikes Peak Community Foundation
Our MissionWe inspire generosity, serve fundholders, and mobilize resources to build community capital and effectively address issues facing the Pikes Peak Region.

Our Vision: A thriving, resilient community with the resources to ensure a vibrant quality of life for generations to come..

Our Promise: An unwavering commitment to community. We are dedicated to powering the community through grantmaking, partnerships, and research; together with our fundholders, we mobilize and align resources to support immediate and long-term needs for the health of our citizens. 
Pikes Peak Community Foundation
102 S. Tejon Street, Suite 530
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

(719) 389-1251 | info@ppcf.org