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Endowment Funds

Endowment funds manage assets in perpetuity and distribute the earnings annually to the beneficiary non-profit. Endowment funds managed by Onward! earn market rates of return. Please review our Investment Policy Guideline for list of risks and objectives. For information about establishing an endowment fund, click here.

The Cortez Public Library Endowment Fund
Established November 2002

Provides permanent support for specific library needs and programs, including many annual subscriptions costs - funded by private donations. Visit the Cortez Public Library website for more information about their services and programs.

The Searle Community Endowment Fund
Established October 2003

This community endowment fund was originally established by Citizens State Bank in honor of their past president. The fund now awards annual grants to programs or organizations benefiting the community as a whole.

The General Endowment Fund of Onward!
Established September 2009

Provides permanent funds available for grants and the general operations of Onward!. The Onward! Enhancement Grants cycle begins September 1 and closes October 15.

KSJD Endowment Fund
Established October 2016
Supports bringing news, arts, and entertainment programs to KSJD and the Sunflower Theatre. To learn more about KSJD and all their many programs, visit their website.  Visit the Sunflower Theatre website for a calendar of upcoming shows and events.

Imagination Library Endowment Fund
Established 2021
After launching in 1995, the program grew quickly. First books were only distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee where Dolly grew up. It became such a success that in 2000 a national replication effort was underway. By 2003, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library had mailed one million books. It would prove to be the first of many millions of books sent to children around the world.

Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family's income. To register your child, complete the online application, click here.

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2019 Grant Winners: Montezuma Food Coalition, Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project, School Community Youth Collaborative, Cortez Public Library, Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance, Mancos FoodShare