Philanthropy and Politics: What’s In, Who’s Out?
Mine’s Foundation Announces Grant Recipients
Last week, owners of The Climax Mine located atop Fremont Pass in Lake County, Freeport-McMoRan announced their foundation’s awards of nearly $2.8 million to 39 projects in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico through their Community Investment Fund process.
Three local organizations in Leadville Today were recipients and will receive their monetary awards and be recognized by members of the Community Investment Committee this fall.
“The COVID pandemic and other disruptive events over the past 18 months have affected how we all view and achieve well-being, as well as the need to think more purposefully about how we help to create individual, family and community resiliency,” said Tracy Bame, President, Freeport-McMoRan Foundation.
The most effective investments stem from collaboration. The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation works with a range of committed partners throughout the investment process. The Foundation’s new partnership with True Impact provides a highly supportive application process that allows organizations to think through the impact of their project in the community.
“An important part of this effort is the ability to work with our program partners to understand the impact of each project so we can collaborate with a broad range of community stakeholders to address gaps in services, resources and assets needed to support the well-being and resilience of people and communities over time,” added President Bame.
Where there is a Community Investment Fund, local leaders representing diverse organizations and two to three Freeport-McMoRan representatives decide how funds are awarded. These community leaders are selected by members of the local Community Partnership Panel, a stakeholder engagement process established by Freeport McMoRan more than 15 years ago to foster an open and ongoing dialogue with the community. The process allows the company and the community to work together to develop thoughtful solutions that address community needs.
Since 2012, nearly $4 million has been invested through the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Community Investment Fund in Climax Mine communities. The funds have gone to programs and projects in Lake, Chaffee, Summit and Eagle Counties that help foster sustainability and reduce dependency on any single industry by supporting initiatives that build community resilience and capacity. In 2021, $300,000 was awarded to the following grant recipients:
Cloud City Wheelers Trail Conservation Crew – $21,000. By building and maintaining trails, the Wheelers will create opportunities for recreation and grow Lake County’s reputation as an outdoor recreation destination, supporting its economic vitality.
Tabor Opera House Capital Campaign Feasibility Study – $17,500. The feasibility study will provide a blueprint for sustainable planning around how to fully mobilize the Tabor Opera House into the community asset it has the potential to become.
Lake County Build a Generation – $91,000. Early Childhood Workforce Recruitment, Development and Retention Project to address the shortage of qualified workers in the early childhood space, LCBAG will partner with Colorado Mountain College to develop a pipeline program, tapping into the local workforce to train and retain early childhood professionals.
Chaffee County Community Foundation Jane’s Place – $50,000. Workforce and Transitional Housing Program through an innovative approach to address both housing and workforce shortages, Jane’s Place will provide 17 affordable housing units, as well as on-site workforce training, through its social enterprise in Chaffee County.
Chaffee Housing Trust Homeownership Services Program – $31,500. Local community members will be trained to provide Lake County residents with the information and knowledge they need to pursue the path of homeownership.
empower:HER – $17,500. Young women in Chaffee County will engage in leadership development opportunities and learn about environmental and recreational career opportunities available in the community.
Keystone Science School Afterschool and Summer CATCH Programs – $36,500. Keystone Science School provides essential childcare programming during out of school times, allowing parents and other caregivers to remain in the workforce.
YouthPower365 Industry Certification Program – $35,000. Working with Eagle County Schools, YouthPower365 will increase opportunities for high school students to pursue industry certification and explore career pathways.
For more information about Freeport-McMoRan community investments and programs, please contact Nell Wareham at email@example.com or visit FreeportInMyCommunity.com.
After Dark: Halloween 2021
Recreation Plan Update on Tuesday
A reminder that this Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the 6th Street Gym, Lake County Recreation will be presenting a set of boards that contain both information and opportunities to participate.
“We are still in the ‘gathering information’ stage of the plan and want to get participation in order to understand the community’s values and vision around recreation,” stated Gabby Voeller, Senior Community Planner with the SE Group. “We still have a long way to go before we are ready to share action items and priorities!”
The information will be posted to the website with a google form where people can submit their feedback about the material if they are unable to attend. The purpose of this project is “to create a community-led vision for recreation and open space. The plan is also meant to be action and implementation-oriented to give the County both short and long-term ideas for how to improve, maintain, fund, and program the recreational offerings and assets in the community.”
Lake County has hired SE Group, based out of Frisco, Colorado, at a cost of more than $110,000 to conduct another study to provide the framework for another master plan. Additionally, Ballard*King & Associates, based out of Pueblo, Colorado, will manage this plan, answering to the recreation manager, who now answers to a county manager who was recently hired to answer to the Board of County Commissioners who ultimately answers to the electorate, managed at the polls. Come and see the results of simple governance in action at the 6th Street Gym Tuesday night.
McCluskie Launches Re-Election Campaign
Rep. Julie McCluskie today announced her candidacy for the Colorado House of Representatives for the November 2022 election. Lake County is included in this district which McCluskie has held for two terms.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the hardworking people and families in Colorado’s high country and I’m excited to continue my public service for another term in the legislature,” said Rep. Julie McCluskie. “Colorado’s economic recovery is on the rise, but we must continue our efforts to ensure every Coloradan, especially those hardest hit by the pandemic, has access to a good-paying job, affordable housing, and high-quality accessible health care. Even as we emerge from the shadows of the pandemic, we can not let up on our work to better fund K12 and higher education, revitalize the state’s workforce and tackle our climate crisis.”
In her two terms in the legislature, McCluskie has served on the Education, Rural Affairs, Appropriations, Wildfire Matters, and Early Childhood and School Readiness Committees. She will serve as Chair of the Joint Budget Committee for the 2022 legislative session and is currently Chair of the Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance. She highlights her work to lower health care costs on the Western Slope through Reinsurance; investments in Colorado’s Water Plan and wildfire mitigation, response, and suppression; modernizing and increasing funding to public schools and higher education, and protecting and incentivizing affordable housing development as a few of her most significant accomplishments.
McCluskie was first elected to office in 2018 and currently represents House District 61 which includes Delta, Gunnison, Lake, Pitkin, and Summit counties. Anticipating approval of the current redistricting map, the proposed new House District 13 will include Chaffee, Grand, Jackson, Lake, Park, and Summit Counties.
Born and raised in Colorado, Julie, husband Jamie, and children Ian and Cait moved to Summit County from the front range in 2001. She worked for more than a dozen years in Summit School District and served as Director of Communications for Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia in the Hickenlooper administration. She enjoys many activities in Colorado’s great outdoors, including hiking, biking, and skiing.
Learn more about the McCluskie for Colorado campaign at McCluskieforCO.com. Join Julie on Facebook at McCluskieforColorado, on Twitter and Instagram @McCluskieforCO or via email at McCluskieforCO@gmail.com.
Donovan Cancels Bid for Congress
In a message sent to her supporters on Friday, Nov. 4, District 5 State Senator Kerry Donovan announced she was suspending her campaign for the United States Congress. A leading Democratic challenger to Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert in next year’s election, Donovan, suspended her campaign Friday after the Colorado Supreme Court approved a new congressional map that puts her residence in another district.
“I was drawn out of the district in the new congressional maps,” Donovan wrote to supporters. “These maps failed to recognize the complexity of rural Colorado and instead divided communities, protected incumbents, and ignored Coloradans’ voices. As a result, there is no viable path forward for me to remain in this race.”
Donovan suspended fundraising for her campaign last month after the state’s independent congressional redistricting commission approved the map, submitting it to the court for final approval. It doesn’t include Donovan’s hometown of Vail or her nearby ranch in the 3rd District, which Boebert represents.
It instead places Donovan in the 2nd District, which is represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse. It also changes 3rd District lines to more heavily favor Republicans, based on recent election results.
“Western Colorado is my home and is filled with good people and wonderful memories from this campaign,” Donovan concluded. “I will continue fighting for these communities with everything I have. More soon.”