Jefferson County was our starting point as we began to serve the community with passion, vision and hard work.
Our journey began in Jefferson County. In 1975, we were founded as the Lutheran Medical Center Foundation and initially served as the fundraising arm for the hospital on Denver’s west side. Over the years, we have grown and changed to become the community foundation we are today. For example, in 1997, we became a community foundation and transformed into LMC Community Foundation. In 2007, we changed our name to Community First Foundation to reflect our broader mission.
“Because of our start with Lutheran Medical Center, we have strong roots, and a special relationship, with Jefferson County. This creates unique opportunities to make a positive impact in the quality of life in Jefferson County and build a stronger community.”
In fall 2017 the Foundation granted $1 million to 66 Jefferson County nonprofits to improve community health. The grants provide up to one year of funding to the organizations because they each demonstrate evidence that their programs improve the lives of Jeffco residents in one or more conditions of community health.
The Lutheran Legacy Fund was established in 2013. This $20 million endowed fund is dedicated to promoting health and wellness and preventing sickness and disease. The Lutheran Legacy Fund is dedicated specifically to benefit the communities served by Lutheran Medical Center. Recently the fund fueled a $1.7 million grant initiative to train community members to identify and help individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.
We provided $1 million grant to help build the new Arvada Health Professions and Science Building at Red Rocks Community College. The grant is the largest private gift toward the college’s $22.5 million campaign to triple the size of the Arvada campus. We are also partnering with Red Rocks to launch a certificate program to prepare people for entering careers in the nonprofit sector. Classes begin in fall 2017.
In April 2015 we matched the first $500,000 in donations for The Action Center’s capital campaign for a new Program Services building. The Jefferson County building will support the innovative Self-Sufficiency Pathways Program that helps clients in poverty work towards self-sufficiency