Chamber Launches Annual Fundraising and Membership Campaign

Sep 6, 2018 | Chamber News

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce launched its eighth annual Moving Fort Collins Forward! Campaign with a kickoff event Wednesday evening at the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant in Fort Collins.

From now through November 15, more than 65 volunteers on 12 teams are tasked with raising $550,000 and 100 new members for the Chamber. To reach this goal, volunteers will be raising funds in different ways which include memberships, event sponsorships, advertising, initiatives and budget reduction trades. Started in 2011, this annual fundraising and membership campaign was established to support future Chamber operations, events, programs and initiatives.

“This 10-week campaign funds what we will provide to our members and the community for the upcoming year,” said Kim Medina, Vice President of Development and Operations with the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce. “We couldn’t do it without our dedicated volunteers who take time out of their daily schedules and work above and beyond to see the Chamber achieve its goal.”

More than 60 business leaders and campaign volunteers attended the kickoff rally to learn about this year’s campaign. Dick Foth, speaker and author of “Known” also attended to keynote the event and share his encouragement, the importance of volunteerism and what the two most important questions to ask when you are making a connection.

The 2018 campaign Co-Chairs are Deb Kelly (Guaranty Bank & Trust) and Mat Dinsmore (Wilbur’s Total Beverage). The Vice Chairs are Gerry Agnes (Elevations Credit Union), Gene Bocis (Anheuser-Busch), Mark Driscoll (First National Bank), Dr. Tony Frank (Colorado State University), Kathy Jack-Romero (Fort Collins Coloradoan), Margo Karsten (Banner Health), Brett Kemp (Flood and Peterson), Lucia Liley (Liley Law Offices), Doug Markley (Markley Motors Inc.), Chris Otto (EKS&H), Curt Richardson (Otter Box), Paul Taylor (Guaranty Bank), Kevin Unger (UCHealth) and Bob Wilson (Columbine Health Systems).

Campaign Teams: Auto Dealers, Banner Health, Brinkman Partners, Columbine Health Systems, Elevations Credit Union, First National Bank, Flood and Peterson, Guaranty Bank & Trust, Merrill Lynch, Red Carpet Committee, UCHealth and Wells Fargo.

To learn how to get involved, become a member, sponsor an event, donate to the campaign, please visit: or call (970) 482-3746.


About Moving Fort Collins Forward!

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce offers many services, activities and programs to help improve a member’s ability to run a profitable business in Northern Colorado.  The Moving Fort Collins Forward! is an annual fundraising campaign that is volunteer-led, staff-coordinated to secure resources necessary for membership goals and programs in the areas of professional development, education, networking and the work of selected committees for the next year. It is designed to package most of our products and services into one annual campaign, something many key Chamber supporters have indicated they want. The key goal is to have a well-funded chamber of commerce capable of positively influencing the economic well-being of the area and providing programs and services that members deem valuable.

About the Fort Collins Area Chamber

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is a leading membership-based business association in Northern Colorado, dedicated to helping business succeed. Investing in the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce puts members in contact with more than 1,230 business owners and managers in the market. For more than 100 years, the Fort Collins Area Chamber has helped shape the Fort Collins region into one of the most livable places in America. For more information about the Chamber, call (970) 482-3746 or visit

Co-Chairs Deb Kelly (Guaranty Bank & Trust) and Mat Dinsmore (Wilbur’s Total Beverage)