Founded in 2001 by philanthropist Pat Stryker, Bohemian Foundation takes its name and inspiration from the bohemian movement of 19th century Europe.
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.
We recognize that in the days, weeks and months ahead our community will be faced with challenges and needs we likely never imagined. In the short-term, 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.
NoCo Music Relief Fund provides assistance for individuals in the Northern Colorado Music Community who are severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Feeding Our Community is a meal program that provides free meals to households at risk of food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 replaying debt, and who are disadvantaged for a variety of reasons. The fund is maintained and deployed by Colorado Enterprise Fund.
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.
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.
Feeding Our Community also supports restaurants by allowing restaurant employees to continue to work during a time when the restaurant community has been hard hit.
In the first phase of the program, Moot House provided meals prepared by their staff. The program expanded to include meals from DC Oakes Brewhouse and Eatery, Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, RARE Italian Restaurant, CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewery, Rainbow Restaurant, and Little On Mountain. Bohemian Foundation is an initial funding partner, providing funds to purchase food, pay restaurant employee wages and cover delivery expenses. Meal delivery is provided by Odell Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company and the Downtown Development Authority. Community partners, including CARE Housing, Housing Catalyst, Neighbor to Neighbor, DMA Plaza, The Matthews House, Crossroads Safehouse, Mi Voz Community Leaders, Genesis Project and GP Neighbors, CASA of Larimer County, and community leaders in the Cloverleaf, Timber Ridge, and Harmony Village mobile home communities volunteer their time and ensure meals are distributed to individuals in need.
Feeding Our Community is just one local food insecurity strategy. Thousands of local residents are supported during the COVID-19 pandemic through the great work of the Food Bank for Larimer County, Colorado Early Colleges, Foothills Unitarian Church, Family Medicine Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels for Fort Collins, Volunteers of America in Northern Colorado, Poudre School District, Serve 6.8, Vindeket Foods, Salvation Army, Mill City Church and many other individuals and organizations. To learn more about their efforts and how to access food through these partners, please visit the community resource hub managed by the United Way of Larimer County.
Bohemian Operating Foundation is a tax-exempt 501c3 organization, Tax ID #20-4560501. No goods or services will be exchanged for your donation.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
Bohemian Foundation's Civic Programs does not accept unsolicited proposals.
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.