What is Give Next?

Give NextGive Next is a program of United Way of Larimer County with major support provided by Bohemian Foundation, the program’s mission sponsor.


The mission of Give Next is to educate students about the vital role that nonprofits and philanthropy play in the community by providing students with opportunities for service and leadership through philanthropy and volunteering.


Give Next is an opportunity that engages students with charitable giving, nonprofits and their community. It is a service-learning program that builds collaboration and critical thinking skills, with an overlay of civic engagement.

How does Give Next work?

Give Next is a school-based program that is implemented into an existing classroom curriculum (middle school or high school).


Each Give Next classroom receives $5,000 for grant making in the areas of education, income, health, arts, and the environment. The money for the classroom grants is donated by local businesses, foundations and philanthropists.


Students work together to identify community needs, research nonprofits, volunteer, conduct site visits, review grant applications, make funding decisions, and award grants. At the end of the term, students plan an awards ceremony during which they share lessons learned through the program and award grant checks to selected nonprofits.


The Give Next program provides students an ideal opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in all five areas of 21st Century Skills: critical thinking, information literacy, collaboration, self direction and invention.


Give Next School Applications Now Available for 2014-15 Academic Year! 

Click here to apply. Application deadline extended.


2013-14 Schools:

  • Berthoud High School
  • Fort Collins High School
  • Lesher Middle School
  • Poudre Community Academy
  • Poudre High School
  • Preston Middle School
  • Webber Middle School


Mission Sponsor

Bohemian Foundation



2013-14 Sponsors

Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and Community Foundation Trust Dohn Construction
Forney Industries
Patrick and Denise Juliana Philanthropy Fund  Woodward, Inc.
Jim and Holly Dickinson

Information for Sponsors


Information for Teachers and Students


For more information on involving your school in Give Next, or to support a school in Larimer County, please contact:

Jamie Suess, Volunteer Engagement Manager
United Way of Larimer County
424 Pine Street, Suite 102
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970.407.7054 (T)
970.407.7011 (F)


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