Celebrating 25 years of success for the Community Foundation Boulder County |
Nowhere is strength in numbers more apparent than in the work of the Community Foundation Boulder County.
Take the example many are familiar with: Colorado Gives Day.
Nonprofits statewide participate in this event which fuels a massive day of giving. On one dedicated date – this year, on Dec. 6 – the entire community jumps online to make donations to their favorite charities, garnering matching funds that adds a multiplier effect to the amount each individual donates.
The more people donate, the bigger the multiplier.
That’s just one example of how donors to the Community Foundation of Boulder County benefit from the power of working together.
“The foundation has been innovative in developing our community’s culture of giving, and that innovation is a reflection of the Boulder County community,” says Josie Heath, president of the foundation and retiring this year.
Heath is referencing Pledge 1% Colorado, a program that inspires start-up founders and entrepreneurs to be philanthropic once they are successful. The program, which got its start as the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado, now has nearly 100 partners and has a big presence during Start-Up Week.
“Entrepreneurs in this area are such an important part of our economy and creativity. And our nonprofit community is also very innovative,” adds Heath. “We wanted to reflect that innovation and creativity in how we approached the work of the Community Foundation.”
Heath explains this pushed the organization to look at some of the best practices in the entrepreneurial world. This resulted in the foundation being first funders in nonprofit ventures, before the groups had a track record.
“I’m really proud that the Community Foundation was one of the first funders into organizations including Intercambio and the Boulder County Latina Women’s League,” says Heath. “We saw that if they were successful, they would fill a very important niche … so we took a chance, and in some ways credentialed them for the larger community.”
“Pledge 1% Colorado is a great way to build a culture of giving among entrepreneurs,” says Gretchen Minekime, vice president of communications for the Community Foundation Boulder County.
“It is an excellent example of how the Community Foundation serves as a catalyst. We really got something started and are helping build a culture of giving back within the entrepreneurial sector,” adds Minekime.
After getting notice nationally, Salesforce reached out to the Community Foundation with the idea of rolling out Pledge 1% on a global scale.
“We worked with them to create a global version of the program, housing it here initially and then spun it off earlier this year,” says Minekime. Pledge 1% Colorado continues to operate under the umbrella of the Community Foundation, working with Colorado companies inspired to join the movement.
The Boulder Source is pleased to honor the Community Foundation Boulder County as our October Featured Friend. As part of the 25th anniversary, the foundation has refined its focus around three key principles that guide its efforts to make a difference countywide: informed decision-making; accomplishing more together than alone; and being responsive to community needs. Stay tuned as we celebrate the positive impact this organization has made.
Read Part One: Celebrating 25 Years as a Community Catalyst
Part Two: Catalyzing Community through Informed Decisions
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Photos courtesy Community Foundation Boulder County