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 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

Bohemian Foundation Introduces a New Grantmaking Program.

Bohemian Fund is a responsive grantmaking program which combines and expands upon two of Bohemian Foundation’s established funds, Pharos Fund and Muse.

Our Music and Community programs have teamed up to create this new fund. It supports three areas:

  • Ensuring all youth thrive.
  • Promoting economic stability and mobility.
  • Cultivating a vibrant, engaged, connected, and resilient community.

This fund more intentionally connects the work of the Foundation’s Music and Community programs.

It unites our work through these three shared goals and through a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Through Bohemian Fund grants, we support applicants who are also working to make a meaningful impact in these areas. This Fund sharpens the Foundation’s focus on these areas and brings our love of popular music to the surface. Music builds community. It unites us, inspires us, and changes us. We believe that many approaches, including popular music and popular culture, can all play important roles as we journey together on a path toward equity.

Bohemian Fund evolved from Bohemian Foundation’s focus on recognizing inequities. Grants made through Bohemian Fund celebrate our rich differences, as well as acknowledge longstanding disparities. Bohemian Foundation is committed to investing in change and investing in organizations that make change. The fund supports organizations that value diversity and inclusion, foster belonging, and strive to advance equity. Our community is well-positioned to address challenges and to advance real change. We believe that by working together over time, we will move toward equity and a community where everyone belongs.

Bohemian Fund replaces Pharos Fund, which focused on supporting nonprofits to build a stronger local community, and Muse, a grant program which focused on building community through music.

Through Bohemian Fund, Bohemian Foundation awards up to $30,000 to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations and government units working within the Poudre School District boundary. Applicants may request grants for Program, Project, or General Support.

A committee of community members, Bohemian Foundation board members, and Bohemian Foundation staff selects grantees through a twice-yearly competitive application process, once in the fall and once in the spring.

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Addressing Community Needs

The safety, health and well-being of our communities are paramount for Bohemian Foundation.

We recognize that our community is faced with challenges and needs we never imagined before the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation’s top priority is identifying gaps and providing assistance in areas such as food, housing and health. In the longer-term, the Foundation is looking at best ways to contribute to systems approaches that assist in these safety net areas.

Larimer County Small Business Loan Fund

The Larimer County Small Business Loan Fund is to provide capital to small businesses or nonprofit social enterprises or co-ops with earned revenue streams, with generally less than 20 employees that cannot obtain financing through traditional sources, but who are capable of sustaining a business and repaying debt, and who are disadvantaged for a variety of reasons. The fund is maintained and deployed by Colorado Enterprise Fund.

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Bohemian Foundation staff are also participating in local, state and federal networks, and are sharing information and expertise with those networks.

As this crisis continues to evolve, we are working to ensure strong communications across sectors, and we are advocating for the nonprofit sector and the most vulnerable in our community.

Bohemian Foundation’s responsive grantmaking programs continue to operate.

Bohemian Foundation’s responsive grantmaking programs continue to accept applications. Community Event Fund, Music Event Fund, and Bohemian Fund continue to operate.

We are grateful for the tireless devotion of the countless nonprofit leaders, staff and volunteers who are navigating the unknown and beyond.

We will continue to listen, learn and adapt. Thank you to everyone who has taken time to share your perspectives, insight and expertise. Together, we’ll navigate how to best leverage our individual and collective capacities.

Funding Positive Pathways For Change

Bohemian Foundation’s Community Programs is committed to working with our fellow community members on the care and improvement 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 Community Event Fund and the Bohemian 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 the Bohemian Fund 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.

Funding Innovative Work Around The World

Global Programs supports organizations that address serious challenges in health, poverty, and the environment and are on the path to making a significant impact at scale.

Our target areas for grants are:

  • Public Health: Programs and technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa that improve people’s access to health services and systems.
  • Poverty Alleviation: Programs and technologies around the world that help people increase their incomes and/or improve their resilience.
  • Environment: Programs in the US and around the world that reduce atmospheric greenhouse gas levels and expand access to climate solutions.

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

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

Current grantees:

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Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Bohemian Foundation works to 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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