A Fort Collins Community Philanthropy Project

Philanthropy begins with kindness.

Be Kind FoCo is a community philanthropy project based on the belief that philanthropy begins with kindness. We develop our programs to support the idea that philanthropy is anything you do to make your community a better place. Our philosophy: kindness begins locally and is highly contagious.

Mission & Vision

Inspire community philanthropy by celebrating, learning, and connecting through kindness.

Our vision is that the entire Fort Collins community—from school children to businesses to local leadership—embraces and recognizes kindness as a core value and a priority in an effort to build a kinder, more connected community.

Since its inception in 2018, we’ve been growing Be Kind FoCo from a one-day event to a community initiative that recognizes kindness all year long, through the lens of philanthropy and beyond.

History of Be Kind FoCo

Be Kind FoCo began as a project of Leadership Fort Collins seeking to introduce families to the philanthropic programs taking place in our community.

Our team saw a need for simple but impactful ways of getting engaged in the nonprofit sector and giving back to the Fort Collins community that were easy to understand and explain to kids, and didn’t require an enormous financial or time commitment.

From youth philanthropy research, we knew that the younger we begin to teach children that giving back is a core value of our families and communities, the more likely they are to grow up to become philanthropists, volunteers, and contributors themselves. And that makes a stronger community for everyone.

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Learn how you can join in and make a difference.

Be Kind FocO Events

The Inaugural Be Kind FoCo Week

June 19 – 25, 2022

Presented by Elevations Credit Union

This June, Be Kind FoCo will celebrate the inaugural Be Kind FoCo Week—a citywide celebration of kindness and philanthropy in our community. Based on the belief that philanthropy begins with kindness, it is our vision that kindness becomes a celebrated core value of the Fort Collins community well into the future.

We invite community members from across Fort Collins to join us by celebrating kindness in their own lives—in their homes, their families, their neighborhoods, their workplaces, and throughout the city. We plan to celebrate with a mayoral proclamation announcing the first-ever Be Kind FoCo Week the third week of June 2022, kindness-themed lawn signs, chalk art, random acts of kindness, community fundraising nights, business philanthropy, family philanthropy, service learning, you name it!

What does kindness mean to you? Show us! And celebrate with us to inspire a ripple effect across Fort Collins and beyond.

Be Kind FoCo Kindness Fest

June 25th, 2022
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Old Town Square

Presented by Elevations Credit Union

Celebrate with us on Saturday, June 25th, in Old Town Square for our annual Kindness Expo and Fest! A family-friendly celebration of kindness in our community, join us for an expo of local nonprofit organizations, grassroots kindness projects, first responders with their vehicles in tow, kid philanthropists, music, games, kindness activities, supply drives, prizes, swag, and ways to get to know our community through kindness. We hope to see you there!

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