#Celebrating80Years: 2017 marked 80 years of working with Colorado’s nonprofits as they seek to strengthen their communities. Throughout 2018, we will be looking back on this history of the outstanding organizations and people the Trustees have had the opportunity to support. On the blog you will find a history of the Foundation’s grant making and a representative organization from every year since our founding in 1937.
Since 1993, Children’s Literacy Center has been working with children throughout the state of Colorado to improve their reading skills with free, one-on-one tutoring opportunities. True to their mission of “building a life of success though a foundation of literacy…ONE child at a time,” Children’s Literacy Center has a vast network of volunteers who work with hundreds of kids each year.
Grantee Spotlight: Children’s Literacy Center
According to the 2018 Kids Count in Colorado! Report, only 44.1% of Colorado fourth graders met or exceeded expectations in English Language Arts in 2017. Based in Colorado Springs, Children’s Literacy Center seeks to address this challenge by providing free one-on-one tutoring to children reading below their current grade level. Established in 1993, the organization served 62 children in its first year. Children’s Literacy Center has grown considerably in the 25 years since, and now serves more than 600 students each year and operates out of 13 locations throughout the state.
In 2000, Children’s Literacy Center received a $2,000 Karl E. Eitel Fund grant from El Pomar Foundation for its excellent work. The Karl E. Eitel Fund was established in 1998 as a nomination-based fund that supports the work of outstanding Colorado nonprofit organizations serving at-risk youth. This grant recognized the invaluable work of the Children’s Literacy Center in supporting students who may otherwise lack community or educational resources to aid in their development of literacy.
By working with the community, schools, and families, Children’s Literacy Center works to provide cost-effective programming to promote success for its students as they progress in school. Highly regarded in the community, Children’s Literacy Center is now turning to the future for another 25 years of impact for Colorado children.
El Pomar in 2000
In 2000, El Pomar Foundation awarded $14 million in grants to more than 300 organizations throughout Colorado. Some notable awards included a $1 million grant to The Colorado Museum of Natural History for a Space Activity Center; $40,000 to the Colorado Outward Bound School to facilitate the purchase of land in Ridgeway to construct a base camp; and $75,000 to the Denver Foundation to help establish the Colorado Conservation Trust program.
Spotlight by Erin Kerr
Images courtesy of Children's Literacy Center