SOURCE: Mile High United Way

Mile High United Way

November 18, 2013 12:28 ET

CoBank Commits $1 Million to Mile High United Way for Leadership Center at New Headquarters

Joins Morgridge Family Foundation, the Anschutz Foundation, the City of Denver and a Host of Building Partners in Creating Community Change

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - November 18, 2013) - Mile High United Way on Saturday announced a $1 million capital gift from CoBank in support of its new community headquarters in historic Curtis Park. 

In June of this year, Mile High United Way broke ground on its new home. The new building will feature the CoBank Leadership Center; an approximately 10,000 square foot conference and collaboration space open to nonprofits and community organizations working to create positive change for children, individuals and families. Additionally, the building will host a space for innovation and nonprofit incubation, a café, operated by Work Options for Women and Mile High United Way's 211 Call Center and community program work.

"CoBank's gift is really a gift to our community. The CoBank Leadership Center will provide a state of the art space for thousands of community members and hundreds of nonprofits to come together to brainstorm and find solutions to our most pressing social issues. It will be a center for dialogue, collaboration and action; true to our mission of uniting people, ideas and resources to advance the common good. We could not be more grateful to CoBank for their leadership, care and support of our community," said Christine Benero, president and CEO of Mile High United Way.

The new building in Denver's historic Curtis Park is a long-term investment in our community's potential. Mayor Hancock heralded the project as a "turning point" in the community, marking the beginning of a wider transformation for residents and businesses in Curtis Park and the Denver metro area.

"Mile High United Way has been an essential part of the fabric of this community for more than 100 years," said Mary McBride, CoBank president and member of the Mile High United Way board of trustees. "This new facility will bring United Way even closer to those they serve and help ensure that the organization will continue to thrive, and help others, for decades to come. CoBank is proud to be part of this important initiative."

The centerpiece of the new home will be the Morgridge Center for Community Change, recognizing lead donor, the Morgridge Family Foundation. The Anschutz Foundation and the City and County of Denver are among others providing major gifts in support of Mile High United Way's new headquarters.

Mile High United Way serves as the force that brings everyone together to harness the power of the collective to create social change. Working together, more can be done for the community.

Generously supported by businesses, foundations, government, individual donors, volunteers and residents, the new building project is an example of how collective impact benefits our community.

Move-in day is expected to be in the fall of 2014. All capital gifts are separate from and in addition to Mile High United Way's traditional fundraising efforts that support programs and partners.

About Mile High United Way

Mile High United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all in our community. Our focus is on school readiness, youth success and adult self-sufficiency -- the building blocks for a good quality of life.

We are all connected. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when a young person graduates from high school prepared for college or career training and when a family is financially stable. Be a part of the positive change. You can give, you can advocate, or you can volunteer.

About CoBank

CoBank is a $94 billion cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. The bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm Credit associations serving farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country.

CoBank is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation's rural economy.

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