A CSU Alum Who’s Making Difference

Mary Francis has been involved in the nonprofit sector in one form or another for most of her adult life. Mary has been an integral part of the Fort Collins community since her days as a student of Colorado State University.

Throughout Mary’s career, she’s spearheaded fundraising efforts for large organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Red Cross, CSU, UC Health, United Way and WomenGive.

After graduating, Mary returned to CSU as the assistant director for health and human services as well as the assistant director for the Office of Principal Gifts. In these roles, Mary procured large-scale fundraising and donations for student scholarships and capital campaign contributions that funded many of the campus’ highlights today. 

While working for the Cancer Center at UC Health, Mary lost her own mother to cancer. This is when she decided to change her path and explore how she could still support her community and the organizations she cared for on a deeper level. Mary wanted to be the one to make those donations and volunteer for the many organizations she loved. After watching her husband, Kevin, succeed in the home lending sphere, Mary decided to join him in 2011. After working side-by-side for a larger lending institution, Mary and Kevin opened their own practice, Francis Home Mortgage, in 2016. 

Through Francis Home Mortgage, these partners in life and in business are able to support their community. Mary and Kevin, both CSU alumni, are proud to call Fort Collins home, where they are raising their two children while also growing their business. 

When launching their business, they knew it was important to join the mission behind WomenGive as business members. Mary was the youngest of 11 children raised by a single mother and felt an incredibly strong pull toward helping empower other single mothers. When she told Kevin about the organization, he agreed that they needed to help however they could. Mary says women and children are the driving force behind her love of volunteerism and that she has also worked closely with other organizations to provide snacks to low-income children through Junior League Fort Collins. This makes WomenGive the perfect fit for the Francis family. 

When he learned that the mission behind WomenGive is to provide scholarships and childcare support for single mothers in poverty, he knew he wanted to help. Kevin wants the public to know that the women who receive scholarships and assistance through WomenGive are not looking for handouts. They are looking to create a sustainable life and career to support themselves and their children and that they are incredibly smart, hardworking individuals who also want the ability to give back to their communities.

WomenGive has awarded 598 childcare scholarships benefiting 326 children and resulting in 105 recipients graduating. 

To make a donation to WomenGive, visit UWayLC.org/WomenGive