Brewing a stronger community
The Left Hand Brewing Foundation relies on the generous support of an incredible community of businesses, individuals, and organizations who support financially and through in-kind donations and volunteer time.
As an organization, LHBF seeks to connect the passionate Left Hand Brewing audience with non-profits and causes in our community. At our large events we highlight several specific beneficiaries, and through those events, as well as through year-round giving, we make charitable contributions. LHBF also invests a portion of revenue into an endowment dedicated to serving future emergency needs in the Longmont community.
Left Hand Brewing Foundation Endowment
The Left Hand Brewing Foundation was formed in 2013 in response to the historic flooding that happened in Boulder County. We were exceptionally fortunate to be hosting Longmont Oktoberfest just a week after the floods and we were able to raise a record $76,000 to support relief efforts here in Longmont.
While we were lucky with the timing, we quickly realized that Longmont needed a strong mechanism in place to respond to issues and emergencies here at home. That is why we founded the Left Hand Brewing Foundation with the intention of growing and maintaining an endowment that is available the next time disaster strikes.
We take a portion of the profits from each of our major events and add to the endowment, sometimes in big chunks, sometimes just what we can afford, and we are asking for your help to keep it growing. Each dollar donated helps us fuel the endowment and grow our ability to respond to an emergency when we have to.
Connecting with the Community
What's our secret weapon at the Left Hand Brewing Foundation?
Beer of course!
But really, it's more than that. Left Hand Brewing Company was founded in 1993 with the mission of changing the world one pint at a time, and wow has it taken off. Left Hand now distributes to 44 states as well as countries in Europe and Asia. At the foundation, that means that we have an amazing partner to help spread the word about Longmont, the charities and causes that we work with, and the needs in our community.
in 2019, for the first time, we opened up the doors at our festivals to not only donate a portion of profits to specific beneficiaries, but also host any local non-profit at our event completely free of charge!
This means that we now have a real, tanglible way of connecting the massive Left Hand Brewing Company fan base with causes and non-profits that need the audience, awareness, and reach to grow their own missions.
The work we do comes with a cost; we have to save the space, provide rentals, and work hard to ensure that the non-profits are putting their best foot forward to reach the audience. Any donation you can afford to support this goes a long way.
(Pro-tip: when you are donating use the comment function to let us know if you have a non-profit in mind that you would like to see at a festival in 2020!)
This is the center of our annual giving. For each major festival and event that we produce we partner with local non-profits and donate a portion of the festival's profits to support their organization. Over the years we have supported many incredible organizations, and 2019 was no different, giving us a chance to work with Love Hope Strength, The Longmont Humane Society, and The Future Arts Foundation.
Supporting each of these non-profits with revenues from the festivals is a delicate balance as the festivals provide nearly all of our operating cash flow. This year's giving campaign is centered around trying to diversify that and generate some additional income so that some day in the future we can increase our non-profit donations and fund our organization off of donations and corporate support.
Each dollar you donate will enable us to increase our endowment, protect and enhance our donations to our beneficiaries, and serve more worthy causes at our events.
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The Left Hand Brewing Foundation
The Left Hand Brewing Foundation is committed to brewing a stronger community where we work, live and play.