History of CSFF
CSFF (the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in the spring of 2005 with a focus on promoting youth advocacy; the first grant awards were distributed in May of 2006.
Co-founder Sara Craig-Scheckman launched her youth advocacy career early in life working in direct services in California with youth who experienced a wide range of multi-risk factors and marginalization. Sara later attended law school in New York to become a civil rights youth advocate, and has dedicated her professional life to championing the rights of youth who are vulnerable and underserved by typical societal systems. Sara is bilingual (Spanish) and brings to the Foundation not only her prior experience in direct services but also her legal background and expertise in governance and nonprofit best practices.
Co-founder Michael Craig-Scheckman brings over 40 years of financial expertise to CSFF. Michael is the founder and CEO of Deer Park Road Management Company, LP, a multi-fund investment manager primarily focused on investing in distressed real estate and asset backed fixed-income securities. Michael’s extraordinary talent in the area of finances and investment allowed for the launching of CSFF and its ongoing strategies to grow CSFF’s endowment.
CSFF Philosophy and Core Values
CSFF believes in creating genuine system change at the local community level through a collective grassroots approach involving all stakeholders, including city and county government, large and small businesses, nonprofits and key leaders working in partnership at the regional, state and national level. CSFF’s work and outcomes are wholly accomplished through the building and cultivation of trusted and respected partnerships.
CSFF’s mission is implemented through its core values:
Empowering and supporting partnering organizations in representing and meeting the needs of underserved populations; direct observation of programming implemented by partners meeting the identified needs.
Grant funding cycle opportunities for CSFF projects; strategic and easily accessed discretionary funding opportunities for partners.
Serving our partners as a sounding board; brainstorming/community dialogue, strategies/problem solving; conducting tailored board governance and best practice work; serving as a convener to promote collaboration, partnership, efficiency and avoiding duplication of efforts.
Multi-layered; target population; key staff and Board of Directors of partnering organizations; general health and wellness of the Routt County community and beyond.
Connecting our partners to larger funding opportunities.
The Mission of CSFF
Through engaged community partnerships, CSFF endeavors to champion the underserved with respect to increased quality of life, wellness, and opportunities for improved equitable access to services by addressing complex social and economic issues throughout Routt County.
CSFF currently gives approximately $500,000 annually as Youth Advocacy Project (YAP) grants, and an additional $25,000 in “discretionary funding” to organizations that have received YAP support in the past. YAP Discretionary dollars may be used for professional development support or for other purposes as seen fit by the CSFF Executive Director. In addition, $125,000 in total will be granted among Routt County’s three school districts for our YAP Community Initiative focusing on behavioral health in the schools. The Foundation also provides approximately $400,000 annually in funding through CSFF Discretionary Funds to local organizations that fall outside of the narrowly tailored YAP Grant Guidelines. CSFF Discretionary funds support community health, education and general quality of life. Organizations may receive capital campaign support through CSFF Discretionary funding.
YAP Partnering Organizations
Advocates of Routt County
Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center
Bear River Young Life
Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Colorado
City of Steamboat Springs Youth Programs
Dept. of Human Services – Fatherhood Program
Dept. of Human Services
Family Development Center
First Impressions of Routt County
Grand Futures Prevention Coalition
Hayden Activity Center (C.A.N.)
Hayden School District
• Hayden Elementary School
• Hayden Middle School
• Hayden High School
• Hayden Valley Preschool
Heritage Park Preschool
Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center
Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain
LiftUp of Routt County
Mind Springs Health
North Routt Community Charter School
North Routt Preschool
Northwest Colorado BOCES
Northwest Colorado Center for Independence
Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership
Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition
Northwest Colorado Health
Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA
Partners in Routt County
Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Reach Out and Read Colorado
Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide (REPS)
Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Routt County United Way
Routt County Youth Services Coalition/Service Learning Institute
South Routt Library District
South Routt School District
• South Routt Elementary School
• South Routt Middle School
• South Routt High School
• South Routt Preschool
Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports (STARS)
Steamboat Springs Arts Council
Steamboat Springs School District RE-2
• Soda Creek Elementary School
• Strawberry Park Elementary School
• Steamboat Springs Middle School
• Steamboat Springs High School
• Yampa Valley High School
Totally Kids, Inc.
Town of Oak Creek
Yampa Valley Autism
Young Tracks Preschool and Child Care Center
CSFF Discretionary Fund Recipients
Advocates Building Peaceful Communities
BookTrails – Capital Improvements
City of Steamboat Springs Fire Department
Colorado Mountain College – Steamboat
Emerald Mountain School
Girl Scouts of Colorado
LiveWell Northwest Colorado
Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership
Northwest Colorado Health – Hospice
Old Town Hot Springs – Capital Improvements
Routt County 4-H
Routt County Council on Aging
Routt County United Way – Imagination Library
South Routt Recreation Association
STARS Ranch Capital Campaign
Steamboat Dance Theatre
Steamboat Mountain School
Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts
Steamboat Symphony Orchestra
Strings Music Festival – Strings School Days
UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation
Yampa Valley Community Foundation
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council