Think of a child standing outside a school’s music room, looking through the small window in the door, watching all of the other kids inside and wishing they too could participate. If only…  

The unfortunate reality is that too many children don’t have the means in their homes to be able to afford even the simplest necessities for participating in their school’s music programs. Further, school and non-profit music programs are often underfunded due to fiscal constraints. Our aim is to help reverse these realities in the Fort Collins area, in honor and loving memory of Kayla.

Our Vision:

One day, all school age children in the Fort Collins Colorado area will have equal access to a quality music education, and the music programs at their schools, or non-profit organizations, will be thriving learning and cultural performance centers. (Video)

Our Mission:

Founded on April 1, 2009, the goal of “The Kayla Foundation” is to provide support to:

Grant funding is made through grants to individual schools, or other non-profits, for the purpose of supporting their students / clients and their particular needs. Examples of funding needs are:


For Lower Income Family / Special Needs Students:

For All Students:

*Note that all software must be approved by the site or school IT Department.

Unfortunately, due to limited resources, we cannot provide funding for needs such as the following:

Funding Sources:

The Kayla Foundation, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado a 501c3 organization, is funded entirely by the generosity of donations, grants awarded, business sponsorships and various fundraising activities such as our annual Gulley Greenhouse Gift Card sales each spring. All funds received are, in turn, directed to meet the highest priority needs within our community, in keeping with the guidelines listed above.

Our Logo:

The Kayla Foundation Logo

The Kayla Foundation logo uses Kayla’s actual signature as its centerpiece. Her signature was copied from the last birthday card she would ever give to her mom, which was just 2 weeks before her death. Her signature is uplifted in the title line representing how she lifted up the lives of others while she was on earth and how her memory continues to lift spirits today. The heart shown was a heart that Kayla always used when signing her name. This particular one was taken from a CD she had made for her sister before her sudden passing.

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