Endowment Fund

Cortez Public Library and Onward! a Legacy Foundation

Onward! A Legacy Foundation is a local community foundation managing 26 different funds supporting many non-profit causes in our community. The Cortez Library Endowment Fund was the third fund started by the foundation on November 26, 2002.

Onward! A Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, non-profit community foundation organized to improve the quality of life in the Four Corners’ communities. The foundation is headquartered in Cortez and currently manages various endowments and scholarship funds. Since Onward! started this venture in 2002, the community members have donated close to $1 million to the funds in the foundation. Onward! actively invests the funds in a diversified portfolio of stocks, bonds and cash. Those earnings have been paid out in of the form of grants and scholarships totaling $240,000!

Contributions to the Cortez Library Endowment Fund, or any other of Onward! funds, can be accomplished in many different ways. Many people have simply made one-time cash donations. Others are taking advantage of the automatic monthly contribution program which debits funds once a month from your checking account and transfers it to Onward! in the funds you choose. For an enrollment form for this program, please call Chuck Forth, Executive Director of Onward! at 970-565-9200.

Onward! has prided itself on helping to identify and address the needs of the Four Corners’ communities. The need for additional library funding instigated the creation and promotion of the Cortez Library Endowment Fund. Donating to this fund is a great way to give yourself a tax break and invest in the future of our library and the community it serves.

All donations can be made payable to the:

Cortez Library Endowment Fund
PO Box 26
Cortez CO 81321

If you have any questions, please call Eric Ikenouye, the Library Director at 970-565-8117, or Chuck Forth, Onward! Executive Director at 970-565-9200.