Richard Ballantine

Kicked off by the generous donation of Richard Ballantine, chairman of Ballantine Communications, the Colorado Press Association’s Philanthropic Action Committee is seeking to raise at least $10,000 to help fund the Foundation’s scholarship fund.

In March, the Press Association’s Foundation — which is run through the Denver Foundation — awarded $19,500 in scholarships to six college students and three high school students who have a focus on journalism education.

However, due to the lack of donations in recent years, the Philanthropic Committee considered dropping the scholarship offerings from six college students to three and from three high school students to one or two.

In hopes that the Foundation can continue to offer all nine scholarships, Ballantine is donating $5,000 to the scholarship fund to start off the $10,000 challenge.

“We’re thrilled Mr. Ballantine made the donation with a focus on the very fabric of the future of journalism — students who want to enter the field,” said Jerry Raehal, CEO of the Colorado Press Association and SYNC2 Media. “People say the industry is crumbling, but last year we had the largest turnout in scholarship applications in recent history, which shows the interest is there, and we want to be able to continue to foster it.

“We would love to raise $10,000. Heck, we would love to raise more. It’s a program that is needed and appreciated.”

If you wish to donate online, you can go to www.denverfoundation.org and click the "Donate Now" button at the top of the page. Select the "Family, Donor and Corporate Funds" option on the following page. Under Designation, select "Other" and key in "Colorado Press Association Fund" in the field below.

If you wish to donate by mail, please make a check out to The Colorado Press Association Fund and send it to:

The Colorado Press Association Fund, c/o The Denver Foundation, 55 Madison St., Suite 800, Denver, CO 80206

For more details, contact Raehal at jraehal@colopress.net or 720-274-7171.

This year’s winners

Six college students received $2,500 scholarships each while three high school students got $1,500 scholarships. Recipients, their respective home cities and colleges/universities are:

College recipients: Metropolitan State University of Denver – Jhocelyn Avendano, Thornton; Justin Fye, Denver; Jose Salas, Thornton; Colorado State University – Marissa Isgreen, Fort Collins; Colorado Mesa University – Matt Scofield, Grand Junction; University of Colorado Boulder – Jordyn Siemens, Boulder.

High school recipients: Anna Blanco, Louisville; Gretchen Cope, Highlands Ranch; Haasini Ravisankar, Boulder.

Other fundraising options

The Philanthropic Action Committee also is raising funds for the Foundation through sales of the recently published book, “Colorado Newspapers: A History & Inventory, 1859-2000.”

The book is available for sale — $49.95, not including mailing costs — at www.coloradopressassociation.com/resources.

Proceeds, minus binding costs, going to the Colorado Press Association’s Foundation Funds. Foundation money can only be used for scholarships and other educational opportunities.

The CPA and the Committee has developed a marketing plan to increase sales of the books, including developing house ads (print and online) that they hope CPA member papers will run. More details are coming.

The Committee also is looking at new options to raise funds at the annual convention.

About the Philanthropic Action Committee

The Philanthropic Action Committee meets at least three times a year, focusing on:

• Working as the charitable arm of the CPA, focused on educational opportunities that enhance the industry.

• Establishing fundraising mechanisms and projects to be funded.

Current committee members include: Committee chair Ralph Loos; Bob Hudson; Dan Petty; Doug Bell; Bob Sweeney; and Jean Williams.

If you’re interested in joining the Philanthropic Action Committee or any other CPA committee, contact Jerry Raehal at jraehal@colopress.net or at 720-274-7171.