Local Change Foundation

Bringing people and resources together.

With the support of Elevations Credit Union members and our Colorado communities, the Local Change Foundation has provided over $4 million in community resources since it was established in 2010.

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This independent 501(c)3 nonprofit focuses on three key initiatives:

  • Life-changing scholarships for local students

  • Impactful grants for nonprofits in our communities

  • Relief in times of need

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Ways you can lift up the community.

Make a one-time donation or let your everyday banking at Elevations Credit Union benefit the community. Here are easy ways you can support the Local Change Foundation.


Make a one-time donation of any size to the Local Change Foundation and support life-changing scholarships for local students and impactful community grants for local nonprofits.

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Round Up

Join other Elevations Credit Union members in the Round Up program and automatically donate the change from your debit card purchases to the Local Change Foundation.

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Every time you use an Elevations Visa® Signature Credit Card, you trigger a 2¢ donation to the Local Change Foundation (at no cost to you). Plus, get top-tier rewards as a cardholder.

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Refinance your auto or personal loan to Elevations Credit Union and you’ll receive a $100 rebate that you can opt to donate to the Local Change Foundation for local scholarships.

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Join Elevations Credit Union with a one-time $5 membership fee that gets donated from the credit union to the Local Change Foundation.

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Together, we raised over $1.2 million for those impacted by the Marshall Fire.

Thank you to our members and community for your amazing generosity following the Marshall Fire in Boulder County on December 30, 2021. You donated $1,017,872, and the Local Change Foundation and Elevations Credit Union matched $200,000. We worked closely with Boulder County Housing and Human Services to ensure that 100% of the funds were distributed quickly and efficiently.

Our community is at the heart of our credit union. We’re deeply grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support for those in times of need — thank you.

The Local Change Foundation has provided over $4 million since 2010.


Scholarship funds awarded to local students for higher education


Community grants provided to local nonprofit organizations

$2.76 million

Emergency assistance for victims of violence, flood victims, wildfire victims and community organizations

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Scholarships for worthy students.

The Local Change Foundation is proud to support numerous scholarship initiatives for local graduating high school seniors in their pursuit of higher education. All Local Change scholarship recipients have a proven track record in academics and community engagement, but most importantly they have a financial need. This is a primary focus area of the foundation that will continue in perpetuity. Our online application will be available from Jan. 1 to March 1.

Community Grants

Supporting local nonprofits every year.

The Local Change Foundation supports our Colorado communities by providing grants to area nonprofit organizations. Community grants are awarded annually to local nonprofits working in the areas of affordable housing and mental health.

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Disaster Assistance

In your corner in times of need.

When local disasters strike, our community turns to us for guidance and support. The Local Change Foundation is a trusted conduit for community donations and will quickly identify a boots-on-the-ground grant recipient that will distribute funds to those impacted.

“With our grant, we were able to purchase books for children whose families cannot afford them so their parents can read aloud to them." - Stevie Benkendorf of Read Aloud Loveland, a Local Change Community Grantee

Board of Directors

On a mission to bring people and resources together to strengthen our communities.

The Local Change Foundation Board of Directors are volunteers who guide efforts around community grants, scholarships for higher education and issues our communities face each day.

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Foundation News

The latest from the Local Change Foundation.

Stay connected with the Local Change Foundation and up to date on our community work. By subscribing to the Local Change newsletter, you will receive regular updates on grants, scholarships, and other important initiatives. Click the button below to join the Local Change community and help make a positive difference in Colorado.

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Elevations Round Up

A little rounding up helps boost Local Change.

As an Elevations Credit Union member, you can opt into the Round Up program and automatically donate the change from your debit card purchases to the Local Change Foundation.

Elevations Foundation, DBA the Local Change Foundation, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.