A new group of 20-somethings from Boulder County are out to prove that young adults can make a big impact on a small budget.

If you go

What: The Quarter Foundation meeting

When: 1 p.m. Sunday

Where: Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont

Cost: Annual membership is $100

More info: http://quarterfoundation.org

 

The Quarter Foundation, a group of young professionals who will award quarterly grants to Boulder County nonprofits, will hold their first meeting Sunday at Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont to discuss their mission and award their first grant.

Founder Taylor Epskamp, a grant writer at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, said in addition to funding community projects he hopes the group will encourage giving and community support among young adults.

"We're making an impact in Boulder County and developing a habit of giving at an early age," Epskamp, 23, said. "A lot of millennials don't start giving until they think they're more secure and can start giving some money away."

Members include a Longmont firefighter and his wife, a few University of Colorado students, a Boulder resident who works in logistics and a graphic designer in Denver, who is friends with Epskamp.

The annual membership cost is $100, giving the 10-member group a $1,000 budget for their first year. An anonymous donor has agreed to double the group's funding for their first year, bumping the budget to $2,000, which Epskamp said will be broken into four $500 grants.

New members are still being accepted into the group.

The group will begin to narrow their areas of interest during the first meeting, Epskamp said, and then discussing which Boulder County projects best fit the members' goals.

Taylor Epskamp, development coordinator at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, poses for a portrait Tuesday. Epskamp founded The Quarter Foundation, a
Taylor Epskamp, development coordinator at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, poses for a portrait Tuesday. Epskamp founded The Quarter Foundation, a group of young professionals that will provide quarterly grants to Boulder County nonprofits. (Matthew Jonas / Longmont Times-Call)

The Quarter Foundation, named for the age of its members sometimes called quarter-lifers and the frequency of grant distrubutions, will meet four times a year at breweries across Boulder County. Epskamp said he hopes beer and a casual, social setting will cater to the members.

While it is common for foundations to target a specific gender, ethnic or social demographic, The Quarter Foundation could be the first to cater to 20-somethings in the county, said Eric Hozempa, executive director of the Longmont Community Foundation, which supports the group.

"I think the most amazing thing about millennials in general is that they've seen so many horrific things in their early life like 9/11 and Columbine, but they're generally optimistic and want to change the world," Hozempa said. "They're not waiting to have amazing jobs and wealth to distribute, they're making a change now."

Hozempa expects the group will be more valuable to county nonprofits than the sum of its grants.

Nonprofits are often looking to court 20-somethings to their mission, Hozempa said. The group could become a strong advisory group for area organizations looking to learn from the young members, he said.

Contact Times-Call community reporter Whitney Bryen at 303-684-5274 or wbryen@times-call.com