ASPEN – There is an obvious common theme running through the nonprofit grant applications to the city of Aspen this year from local arts and community nonprofits: the recession. “Like most local organizations and businesses, the economic recession has impacted the Ranch’s earned, fundraised and endowment revenue,” stated the application from the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, which expects to see $710,000 less revenue in 2010 than in 2008.“Non-profits are anticipating that 2010 is not going to be a stellar year,” said Tamara Tormohlen, executive director of the Aspen Community Foundation, which granted $3.8 million to 314 nonprofits between Aspen and Parachute in 2008, but is not connected with the city’s grant process.“They’ve all made adjustments, they’ve all made cuts, and they’ve all trimmed,” Tormohlen said of regional nonprofits. “Now it is sinking in that this is here to stay and they are asking questions about addressing sustainability. It is an opportunity to re-focus on that core mission and what is most attractive to donors and to the communities.”
By Brent Gardner-Smith, October 11, 2009 Aspen Daily News

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