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Embracing Imagination, Creativity, Innovation, and Spirit


Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Bohemian Foundation is a private family foundation that supports local, national, and global efforts to build strong communities.

Founded in 2001 by philanthropist Pat Stryker, Bohemian Foundation takes its name and inspiration from the bohemian movement of 19th century Europe.

We believe that by working together, we can build stronger communities.

Our four program areas are Community, Music, Global, and Civic. In each of these areas, we work to empower citizens and impact communities through our grantmaking, Foundation-directed programs, and events. Pat Stryker, Joe Zimlich, and Cheryl Zimlich serve as our board of directors.

Pat Stryker
Pat Stryker
Joe Zimlich
Joe Zimlich
Cheryl Zimlich
Cheryl Zimlich

Funding Positive Pathways For Change


Bohemian Foundation’s Community Programs is committed to the care and enrichment of our local community. We passionately believe that by working together, we can build a stronger Larimer County.

Community Programs goals are to:

  • Encourage and enable youth to thrive.
  • Empower individuals and families on the path toward economic stability.
  • Strengthen our vibrant community.

We believe that there’s a positive pathway for change if we can:

  • Facilitate meaningful connections and foster a sense of belonging.
  • Offer engaging opportunities to learn.
  • Help build the skills required to navigate through challenges.
  • Provide the inspiration and tools that enable everyone to contribute their time, talent, and treasure.

Community Programs’ activities include responsive grantmaking through Pharos Fund and the Community Event Fund. Our responsive grantmaking programs offer nonprofits opportunities to submit funding requests through an application process.

We also fund special initiatives, which are Foundation-directed grants, programs, or events that target specific Community Programs goals. We look for opportunities to meet a community need, address an important gap, or leverage resources. Through special initiatives we cultivate programs and collaborate with organizations whose efforts are aligned with our goals. Unsolicited proposals for special initiatives are not accepted by Community Programs.

Building Community Through Music


At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community. An effective way to build community connections is by coming together to create and enjoy music.

Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs builds connections by providing music-related resources for enjoyment, personal expression, and the development and improvement of music-related talent.

Music Programs manages programs and funds organizations that are aligned with our three goals:

  • To provide youth with encouragement and opportunities to express themselves through music.
  • To increase performances of live contemporary music.
  • To help musicians and music-related businesses grow and develop.

Music Event Fund and Muse are our responsive grantmaking programs offering nonprofits opportunities to submit funding requests through selective application processes.

Music Programs also funds special initiatives, which are Foundation-directed grants, programs, or events. Through special initiatives we cultivate programs and collaborate with organizations whose efforts are aligned with Music Programs goals. Unsolicited proposals for special initiatives are not accepted by Music Programs.

Learn About Music Programs in our Report to Community

Funding Innovative Work Around The World


Bohemian Foundation’s Global Programs supports organizations that address some of our most serious global challenges in health, poverty, and the environment.

Global Programs funds organizations and entrepreneurs around the world that are dedicated to making a significant impact and are on the path to a sustainable and scalable business model.

Our target areas for grants are:

  • Public Health: Public health programs and technologies that promote access to health services and systems.
  • Poverty Alleviation: Programs and technologies that help people increase their incomes. Examples include programs that promote better agricultural practices, training that increases skills, and organizations that facilitate entrepreneurship.
  • Environment: Programs that address public health and/or economic stability while employing technologies that encourage clean and sustainable energy practices, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and more sustainable livelihoods.

We believe organizations that work at the intersection of poverty alleviation, public health, and the environment can provide some of the most impactful and promising solutions.

In addition to funding organizations that work on the ground to directly address these focus areas, we also work with organizations that help to educate, mentor, and fund the next generation of entrepreneurs interested in making a positive difference globally.

Bohemian Foundation collaborates with like-minded foundations and philanthropists to identify and support grantees that have the potential to achieve significant impact. This network includes Big Bang Philanthropy and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation.

Bohemian Foundation's Global Programs does not accept unsolicited proposals.

Current Grantees

Bohemian Foundation’s Global Programs grantees implement innovative work around the world. Please visit their websites to learn more or to join us in supporting their work.

Supporting Democracy


Bohemian Foundation’s Civic Programs is designed to strengthen democracy in America by supporting organizations that work to create greater economic opportunities for all, to promote political inclusiveness and robust citizen participation, to assure government accountability and to ensure an independent and fair judiciary.

In the words of Aristotle, “If liberty and equality……are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.”

Specific Goal Areas and Examples of Potential Areas of Interest within the Goals:

Restoring, protecting and enhancing economic opportunity for all

  • Close the income and wealth gaps among all economic groups
  • Develop a skilled workforce
  • Promote a living wage for lowest income workers
  • Make college affordable for all
  • Expand early childhood education and childcare
  • Prioritize investment in American manufacturing and production
  • Support comprehensive, integrated policy reform focused on jobs, healthcare, reduced debt and retirement security

Promoting the political voice and civic engagement of all Americans

  • Open access to the ballot box
  • Enact immigration reform
  • Protect voting rights
  • Achieve campaign finance reform
  • Assure open and fair elections
  • Promote fairness in the media
  • Create and communicate concise, clear and compelling shared values

Ensuring excellence, integrity and accountability in government

  • Assure an independent, depoliticized and fair judiciary
  • Reduce the influence of money in politics
  • Bring greater balance to the political influences of individuals and corporations
  • Create an ethical, transparent and accountable government

Current grantees:

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We Welcome Your Interest In Career Opportunities


Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Bohemian Foundation works to empower citizens and impact communities through its grantmaking programs and special initiatives.

The Foundation is home to a collegial team of professionals who are passionate about making a difference. Bohemian Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.

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