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.

The Craig-Scheckman Family

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 Funding

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.

Donations to Date
Current Grant Recipients

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

Community Cultivation

Dept. of Human Services – Fatherhood Program

Dept. of Human Services

Family Development Center

First Impressions of Routt County

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition

Integrated Community

Integrated Community

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

Integrated Community

Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain

LiftUp of Routt County

Mind Springs Health

Newborn Network

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

Sk8 Church

SOS Outreach

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