Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thank You Thursday

This week’s roundup of generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation includes:

Cash Donations This Week

Gold ($5,000-$9,999)

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
Sue Deans

Supporter ($250-$499)
Mutual of America Foundation – Matches for employee donations at Imagine! Celebration

Friend ($1-$249)
Daniel & Sandra Stevens

In-Kind Donations This Week

In-Kind Friend ($1-$249)
Linda Gore – Ostomy Supplies

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Thank You, Kenneth King Foundation

Kenneth King
Today, we’d like to offer our thanks to the Kenneth King Foundation for its recent grant of $5,000 in support of the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome.

The Kenneth King Foundation is a private foundation founded by Kenneth Kendal King in 1990. The King Foundation, located in Denver, Colorado, was established to perpetuate and expand the eleemosynary principles that Kenneth King developed in his lifetime of helping those less fortunate than himself. Today, the King Foundation continues to focus on helping those in need by doing the common thing in an uncommon way.

The King Foundation’s donation will support one of Imagine!’s most ambitious projects. Over the past five years, Imagine! has built, and is currently operating, two SmartHomes. Imagine!’s SmartHomes provide permanent affordable housing for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, and they incorporate cutting edge technologies to improve the quality and efficiency of services and supports for the residents.

As the first such homes in the nation, Imagine!’s SmartHomes are serving as a model for the future of residential care for people with developmental disabilities. They enhance the lives and independence of residents, augment the effectiveness of staff as caregivers, and provide cost and energy savings to Imagine!.

In addition, the SmartHome model has enormous potential to impact groups of people with related concerns (dementia, autism, chronic mental illness, and Alzheimer’s), as the homes are serving as living laboratories to create and test “SmartSupports” – assistive technologies that can be used in family homes to keep individuals with any kind of cognitive impairment living in their own homes for as long as possible.

This is not the first time the Kenneth King Foundation has supported Imagine!’s SmartHomes project. In 2011, they also provided a $5,000 grant for the SmartHomes.

Thank you, Kenneth King Foundation, for your support of some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s roundup of generous donations to the Imagine! Foundation includes:

Cash Donations This Week

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) – $1500 grant for energy upgrades to an Imagine! home through EOC’s Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program (NEEP)

Friend ($1-$249)
Robert Kretsch
Rick & Jackie Nelson
Screen Actors Guild - Foreign Royalties -- Residuals from Jay Montgomery’s brother Billy’s role in “Rain Man

In-Kind Donations This Week

In-Kind Silver ($2500-$4,999)
Energy Outreach Colorado – grant for in-kind energy upgrades to an Imaigne! home through EOC’s Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program (NEEP)

In-Kind Supporter ($250-$499)
Xcel Energy – grant for in-kind energy upgrades to an Imagine! home through EOC’s Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program (NEEP)

In-Kind Friend ($1-$249)
Anonymous – children’s books and toys
Kate Christensen – therapeutic toys
Lafayette Florist – four flower arrangements for Donor Recognition Reception
Liquor Mart – Beer, water, glasses for Donor Recognition Reception
Sage and Savory Catering – discount on gratuity for Donor Recognition Reception

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Pictured are residents of Imagine!’s Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome saying “thank you” in sign language.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Thank You, Western Digital and WD Foundation

Today we’d like to thank the WD Foundation for its recent grant of $3,000 to Imagine! for Family Support Grants in Boulder County.

The Western Digital Charitable Foundation, or the “WD Foundation”, a California nonprofit benefit corporation, was created in 1997 to support Western Digital’s philanthropic activities that support economic, social, educational, and health needs in their regional business communities within the United States. As such, WD Foundation grants are directed toward nonprofit organizations in Orange, Santa Clara and Alameda Counties in California, and Boulder County, Colorado.

Family Support Grants help pay for the extraordinary costs of caring for a family member who has a developmental disability. Funds may be used to help pay for respite care, professional services, medical and dental senses, transportation, assistive technology, home modifications, and parent and sibling support.

Anyone who has a family member with a developmental disability knows how difficult it can be to pay for some of these expenses, and these grants can make a huge difference.

As one family told us:

“This grant will help ease the financial stress and burden that comes with having a special needs child. It helps offset costs that insurance does not cover. Each year it seems that insurance covers less to help our child function in the world. We have dealt with that by cutting down on therapies, respite, and recreation activities. This grant helps us keep some of those things in place.”

This is not the first time Western Digital has provided generous support to families in Boulder County who have children with developmental disabilities. Last year, they provided a $10,000 grant toward Family Support Grants, and before that, they donated six hard drives to Imagine!’s SmartHomes.

Thank you, Western Digital and the WD Foundation, for your support of families and their children with intellectual disabilities.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s roundup of generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation includes:

Gold ($5,000 - $9,999)
The Louis and Harold Price Foundation ($5,000 grant for Family Support Grants)

Associate ($500-$999)

Friend ($1-$249)
MGM & United Artists Services Company  (Residuals from Jay Montgomery’s brother Billy’s role in “Rain Man”)

In-Kind Donations

In-Kind Friend ($1-$249)
Greg & Pam Felderman – children’s clothing
Jonathan & Shannon Gray – children’s toys

As always, we say “thank you” to all of our generous donors.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Thank You, Tracy Family Foundation

Today we’d like to say “thanks” to the Tracy Family Foundation for its recent $1,000.00 “Next Generation” Grant to Imagine! for operational support.

The Tracy Family Foundation was incorporated in December 1997, by the Robert and Dorothy Tracy Family. The 60-plus members of the Tracy Family created the Foundation as a means to share their many blessings and to live out the values instilled in them by Robert and Dorothy Tracy.

Thank you for supporting some of our most vulnerable citizens, Tracy Family Foundation!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Appreciation Shared At Donor Recognition Reception

The Imagine! Foundation’s second Donor Recognition Reception, held this past April, brought together supporters of Imagine! and the Foundation for an evening of beverages, hors d’oeuvres, updates, and appreciation. All donors of a cumulative $1,000 or more since the Foundation began in 2001 were invited to the event. Alexander (Sandy) Bracken, President of the Board of Directors of the Imagine! Foundation, brought donors up to date on the Foundation’s progress since the previous Recognition Reception in 2008. At that time, the Foundation had raised $2,257,026. In the past four years, total revenue has more than doubled to $4,842,964.

Sandy also recognized the 156 donors whose names occupy the Donor Wall sculpture in the John Taylor Conference Center in Lafayette where the reception was held. These donors have given cumulative gifts to Imagine! of $5,000 or more. Sandy also honored those who have joined the Imagine! Promise by putting Imagine! in their wills.

The evening was capped by presentations by Imagine! CEO Mark Emery, who talked about Imagine!’s leadership role in the state and throughout the nation in the field of developmental disabilities, and Greg Wellems, Director of Business Services, who told stories of the successes of residents of the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome and the Charles Family SmartHome, which have been nearly completely paid for by Foundation donors.

Enjoy some photos of attendees below.

Sally Bracken and Foundation President Alexander (Sandy) Bracken

Arlene and Peter Heinz (left) with Lafayette Mayor Carolyn Cutler

Foundation Founder Bob Charles and his wife Judy

Carol Ann Mehaffy

Foundation grantwriter Christina Craigo

New Foundation Board Member Chuck Sisk

Foundation Board member David Edwards (left) and
 former Foundation Board Member Stephen Tebo

Don and Kathy Weibel

Imagine!'s Director of Business Services Greg Wellems
 with Dick and Linda Livingston
Imagine! Board Member Joe Hansen and his mother Jeanette Hansen

Foundation Board Member Emeritus John Mehaffy 
withFoundation Past President Leona Stoecker

Imagine! CEO Mark Emery, Rose Weyman, Barbara Regan

Foundation Board Member Rick Nelson (left) with Riki Frea and
new Foundation Board Member Bill Frea

Foundation Vice President Walt Pounds
and Foundation Executive Director Susan LaHoda

Imagine! Board of Directors President-Elect Whitney Blair

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s roundup of donations to the Imagine! Foundation include:

Silver ($2,500-$4,999)
Faith Community Lutheran Church Outreach Grant – Grant of $3,000 for Imagine!’s Emergency Fund

Supporter ($250-$499)
Thelma Haydon

Friend ($1-$249)
Mary Addison Muriel Raines

In-Kind Donations

In Kind Platinum ($10,000 +) 
Microsoft Corporation - $346,649 in Microsoft software in support of staff efficiency!! 

In-Kind Associate ($500-$999)
Ron & Carolyn Hughes – sectional couch and loveseat and two chairs

In-Kind Friend
Denver Boulder Couriers – three courier trips

As always, we are most thankful to all of our generous donors.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Thank You, Virginia W. Hill Foundation

Today we’d like to say “thanks” to The Virginia W. Hill Foundation for its recent grant of $3,000 to support the Imagine!'s Dayspring Community Calendar Activities program.

The Virginia W. Hill Foundation was established by the late Virginia Hill, a noted Denver philanthropist. Mrs. Hill was known in her lifetime for her charitable giving to better the lives of people living in the American West. She was, for example, a major donor in the early 1960's to the restoration of Ft. Laramie. In recent years, Mrs. Hill's Foundation has contributed significantly to improving the health—especially the mental health—of people living in the Denver Metropolitan area.

Dayspring’s Community Calendar activities introduce families with children who have developmental disabilities or delays to places in our community that offer great activities and opportunities for children to meet their goals through fun and play. All activities encourage motor, sensory, social-emotional, cognitive and speech-language development.

Each location has activities that are age and developmentally appropriate. Activities are centered around play, because play is the primary vehicle for a child’s mental and physical growth. Play has a vital role in cognitive, speech-language, physical, emotional and social development. Much of young children’s learning takes place when they direct their own play. Learning occurs as children touch, manipulate, experiment and talk about things, while interacting with people who facilitate without directing. During play, children are provided with sensory experiences and opportunities to move. Young children need to climb, run, jump and challenge themselves motorically. Children are natural explorers and instinctively touch, taste, hear and observe the world around them.

Thank you, Virginia W. Hill Foundation, for your support of some of the youngest people served by Imagine!.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Thank You, Microsoft

Today, we am pleased to announce that Microsoft has made a donation of $346,649.00 worth of Microsoft software to Imagine!. Wow!

Here’s some background and detail:

In recent years, the need for Imagine!’s services has been increasing while government funding for those services has been steadily withdrawn. Colorado is currently 47th on the list of the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia) in per capita funding for services for people with developmental disabilities. Imagine!’s visionary staff is working on a variety of strategies for improving the funding and service delivery models for this population throughout Colorado.

Even under the most optimistic scenarios, however, it is essential that Imagine! seize every opportunity to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of its staff in order to serve more clients as financial resources dwindle. Imagine!’s staff consists of approximately 600 employees working throughout the service area. While many of these employees share a computer with other staff members, nearly all require individual email accounts and file-sharing capabilities.

This software donation will increase Imagine!’s employees’ capacity to update electronic documents relating to service delivery quickly and accurately, and share documents while ensuring confidentiality. In addition, the software will bring Imagine!’s technology infrastructure up to current releases and allow all employees to use the same version of Microsoft Office.

The upgrades to Imagine!’s servers, email system, and core software donated by Microsoft will free up significant resources that can be invested in direct care of the individuals we serve, or other valuable activities such as staff development or cultivating relationships with community partners.

We cannot thank Microsoft enough for this generous donation. The impact it will have on our organization and, more importantly, the people we serve, will be tremendous. We are deeply grateful.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thank You Thursday!

Generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation this week include:

Friend ($1-$249)
Kathy Coyne
Daniel & Sandra Stevens

In-Kind Donations

In-Kind Friend

Adam & Erin Fahrenbruch – Children’s Toys
Phil & Patricia Pratt – Children’s Clothing

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.