Steamboat Sotheby’s Community Fund awards $9K in grants to 5 nonprofits |

Steamboat Sotheby’s Community Fund awards $9K in grants to 5 nonprofits

Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty collaborated with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation to create the Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty Community Fund to grant $9000 to five local nonprofits.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty recently completed the first grant cycle for its SSIR Community Fund and awarded $9,000 in funding to five local nonprofits.

The organizations and programs awarded funding were: LiftUp of Routt County’s emergency assistance housing program, Northwest Colorado Health’s home health program, Routt County Council on Aging’s frozen food service and rural transportation programs, Sk8 Church’s after-school programs and Totally Kids’ before- and after-school programs in Hayden.

“We saw this as an opportunity for everyone within our firm to work together toward a common goal,” said Traci Smith, SSIR director of marketing and SSIR Community Fund coordinator in a news release. “The beauty of collective giving is that you don’t have to give a lot individually to create a situation where the group, collectively, can contribute significantly. It’s a perfect example of the old adage: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

The SSIR Community Fund was established earlier this year through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation with the goal of supporting Routt County nonprofit organizations through a semi-annual granting process.

Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty agents, owners and staff collectively participate in the fund.

“By working together, we create a culture of giving that extends well beyond these generous grants to local nonprofit organizations,” said Mark Andersen, executive director of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, “Together, we are seeing the power of philanthropy and encouraging our community give back.”

There are two granting cycles with the SSIR Community Fund, one in the spring and one in the fall. For the fall 2017 grant period, Smith said SSIR received 24 grant applications.

“We are so proud to be able to give back to our community in this way,” Smith said. “Honestly, we were a bit surprised by the number of applications that we received for funding for this first grant cycle. It is clear that there is a tremendous need for funding for educational, human services, environmental and arts programs in Steamboat and Routt County, and we are proud to be contributing.”

Local nonprofits interested in applying for a grant can find information and an application for the SSIR Community Fund at

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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