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"The rules of the foundation are you've got to give 5 percent to stay in this type of tax-exempt organization," Dick Monfort said. "Well, we probably give 10 to 15 percent. That's because when we see a need right away, maybe we'll give to the foundation."I always tell people that you'd think our foundation is a lot bigger than it is. But we just give a lot more. A lot of these other foundations stick with that 5 percent." The Monforts say they're following the example of Kenny Monfort, who was active in the Greeley community, even if it was a project outside of his interests. "One very good example that I'll always remember is the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley," Charlie Monfort said. "My dad was not really an artsy-type person, but he thought it was worthwhile for Greeley to have that. So he took it on to chair the capital campaign." Grant objectives include promoting educational activities, supporting the arts and conducting scientific research into diseases and ways to prevent them. For more information, call the Monfort Family Foundation at 970-454-2192. In addition to the $10 million to Children's Hospital, other large-scale grants the foundation has made in recent years (which include future commitments) are $10 million to the University of Northern Colorado, $6 million to Colorado State University, $5.5 million to the University of Colorado Cancer Center, $5 million to the United Way, $2 million to North Colorado Medical Center/Normedco, $2 million to National Jewish Medical and Research Center, $1 million to the Denver Art Museum, $1 million to the Boys and Girls Clubs, $1 million to Habitat for Humanity, $1 million to Aims Community College, $500,000 to Craig Hospital and $500,000 to the University of Colorado.
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