Staff Report

The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) has announced two achievements as it approaches its 25th year of operation. WCCF ended 2020 with a record $96.5 million in total assets and almost $5 million in grants and scholarships distributed. $1.4 million of those funds were emergency response funds to communities in the form of food assistance, housing, and mental health support during the COVID pandemic.

WCCF also announced that Anne Wenzel, who has served as WCCF executive director for nearly two decades, has been named president and chief executive officer of the organization.

Commenting on Wenzel’s appointment, Barb Chamberlin, Chair of the WCCF Board, said, “In the 20 years Anne has been at the helm of the Western Colorado Community Foundation she has worked tirelessly to build our organization into one of the largest charitable foundations in western Colorado. She started working three days a week when we had $1 million in assets under management and were distributing $25,000 in grants a year. She has contributed greatly to the success of the Foundation.”

The Western Colorado Community Foundation has eight staff members and serves seven counties in western Colorado, including Montrose and Delta counties.

Local community funds in Delta County are the West Elk Community Fund and the Surface Creek Community Fund. In 2020, the Surface Creek fund granted $10,500 to eight separate nonprofit organizations. The West Elk fund granted $25,650 to twelve nonprofits.

In Montrose County, $256,000 in grants were awarded to 18 local organizations.

According to a Community Foundation news release, WCCF works with hundreds of donors to “connect people who care with causes that matter.” WCCF manages a variety of charitable funds, many of which are permanently endowed. The organization complies with National Standards for Community Foundations, a rigorous national credentialing process.

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