We've had such an amazing impact on our local community since our 2020 strategic planning effort!

Identified top areas for attention

Top areas identified from the 2020 survey:
  • Homelessness
  • Affordable Housing
  • Food Security
See the results in each area below.

Work with Community Partners addressing community needs

Suggested partners:
  • United Way
  • Food Bank
  • Family Center
  • Homeward Alliance
  • Larimer Recovery Collaborative (for COVID-19 and Wildfire Recovery)
  • Continued strong support of Food Bank, including yearly Holiday Baskets for needy families (80 in 2023), special fundraiser for their Mobile Food Pantry including distributing food
  • Have Club members who works for Food Bank and United Way
  • 2020 fundraiser to support Family Center and Teaching Tree as families got back to work when COVID eased
  • Supported United Way’s efforts in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • Twelve yearly grants for area charities including: Coats and Boots, Finally Home, GiveNext, Safe Families for Children, Neighbor to Neighbor, Disabled Resource Services, FoCo Café, Boys & Girls Clubs, La Familia, ChildSafe, Family Housing Network, Putnam Elementary School, Junior Achievement, Rock the Spectrum, SAVA Center, CARE Housing, Community Literacy Center, Teaching Tree, Foothills Gateway, Boy Scouts, Canyon Concert Ballet, Junior Achievement, Crossroads Safehouse, Matthews House, Foundation Music School
  • Holiday visit (with Santa!) to Boys & Girls Clubs during Pandemic
  • Support of launch of SummitStone’s Longview Mental Health Center
  • Contributed hygiene items to Serve 6.8
  • Held an event to contribute to mental health for first responders in UC Health during pandemic
  • Total charitable contributions from club:
$57,000 (so far)

Partnering with leading community organizations

  • City of Fort Collins
  • Colorado State University
  • Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce
  • The Group Inc.
  • Jill Grossman-Belisle (Timnath)
  • All four Rotary Clubs collectively joined the Fort Collins Chamber as a member in 2023, promoted involvement in Chamber activities to all Rotary members
  • We’ve been using The Group as a key sponsor for many of our events
  • “Field Trip” to the new CSU Equine Hospital
  • Have 3 employees of The Group as club members
  • Have a CSU employee as a club member
  • Long-lasting partnership with Project Self Sufficiency to provide scholarships to single parents; expanded that in 2023 to provide vehicles so they can reliably attend classes
  • "Field Trip" to Museum of Discovery

Recruiting and retaining younger and more diverse members

Suggested actions:
  • Identify places to meet and connect with younger members
  • Use social media and targeted outreach to groups which align with and serve the needs and aspirations of younger citizens, including virtual connections
  • Survey younger members in Foothills to uncover needs and design a recruiting strategy
  • Create projects that impact the things which younger and more diverse potential members care about and can participate without becoming members
  • Promote the mission and values of Rotary and differentiate from other service clubs
  • Supported the re-launch of CSU’s Rotaract Club in 2023
  • Increased the online presence of Rotary Clubs (Facebook, Meetup, websites)
  • Invested in and continue online accessibility of weekly club meetings
  • Introduced a Virtual Club Member level in addition to spouse membership and company membership
  • Worked with the other Fort Collins Rotary Clubs to join the Chamber of Commerce, held our Red Carpet Reception and radio ads
  • Actively engaged in the Fort Collins Peach Festival every year
  • Unfortunately, the pandemic caused us to shut down our Evening Group, but we provided paths to migration into other membership models in our club and other Rotary clubs
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