Advocates, Search and Rescue among local nonprofits recognized by Impact 100 philanthropy group |

Advocates, Search and Rescue among local nonprofits recognized by Impact 100 philanthropy group

Routt County Search and Rescue members Marc Bell, left, and Eva Vaitkus help direct the basket and patient, John Williams, during a ropes training course in August 2018 at Fish Creek Falls. Search and Rescue was among four nonprofits that benefited financially from Impact 100, a local philanthropy group.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Thursday night was big for local nonprofits as Impact 100 announced the awards of thousands of dollars to help support Routt County organizations in their quest to make a difference in the community.

Impact 100, which is run through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, has a goal of getting 100 people to donate $100 each to help support local nonprofits.

Advocates of Routt County was awarded $4,600, Routt County Search and Rescue pocketed $3,100, and Chief Theater and Routt County Riders each were given $1,350.

“This was pretty huge for us,” Advocates Executive Director Lisel Petis said. “We recently started a new social change advocacy program. … Without this money, it may not have happened as quickly, or as robustly, as we feel would be truly effective.”

Petis said the new program allows Advocates to focus on stopping domestic violence and sexual assault before it happens. To do this, Advocates is working with bars, restaurants, schools and the community.

The effort includes making presentations and providing education on healthy relationships and consent as well as giving information to teens about who they can reach out to if there is something going on in their lives.

The new programs also will have an educational program for employees at bars.

“We are coming up with a program to give to local bars that is helping to eradicate alcohol- and drug-facilitated sexual assault for our night scene,” Petis said. “The program is going to include things such as training for all staff so that they know what to look out for, what to do if they suspect a problem, how to ensure that nothing bad is going on and what to do if they think a drink has been roofied.”

Petis said Advocates also will be looking to increase its community engagement though things like Sexual Assault Awareness Month and joining forces with Steamboat Pilot & Today for the In Our Shoes community art project.

How Impact 100 works

The Impact 100 philanthropy process began last fall when the group narrowed the field of nominees to four. Each of those groups had a chance to make a presentation to the members of Impact 100, and then members voted at the final meeting Thursday on the groups they thought should win.

“The goal is to get 100 people to contribute $100,” said Emily Beyer, donation relations manager for the Community Foundation. “Through the power of collective giving, we can really magnify our impact. This year, we had more than 100 members, so we never turn people away.”

The 114 members raised a total of $11,400. Each of the groups got $250 for making a presentation, and the rest of the money was awarded at Thursday night’s event.

“The group felt that all four organizations were deserving — they had strong projects and could really articulate the impact they would have in the community,” Beyer said.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.

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