Aspen Community Foundation

Basalt, CO   |  www.aspencommunityfoundation.org

Mission

Aspen Community Foundation builds philanthropy and supports nonprofit organizations by connecting donors to community needs, building permanent charitable funds, and bringing people together to solve community problems.

Ruling year info

1982

Executive Director

Tamara Tormohlen

Main address

455 Gold Rivers Court Suite 515

Basalt, CO 81621 USA

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Formerly known as

Aspen Valley Community Foundation

Aspen Foundation

EIN

84-0829226

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Aspen to Parachute Cradle to Career Initiative was launched to address the persistent issues facing our youth. Profound achievement gaps existed between our low-income and their more affluent peers. Children were entering kindergarten unprepared to learn, elementary and middle school students were struggling in school, and high school students were unprepared for college and career. Aspen Community Foundation believed that improving youth outcomes - from birth through career - would support youth and families now and benefit our region's quality of life and economy.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Aspen to Parachute Cradle to Career Initiative

Aspen Community Foundation’s Cradle to Career Initiative is a collective impact effort that builds youth success from Aspen to Parachute by ensuring that children are ready for kindergarten and students graduate from high school ready for college or career.

Population(s) Served

Aspen Community Foundation prioritizes efforts that address critical needs and increase access for the underserved throughout the region, expanding opportunities for all to live healthy, enriched, independent lives. Through the generosity of contributors, ACF supports nonprofit organizations that serve children and families and provide essential human services, as well as those caring for the environment and our natural resources. Our impact extends to helping individuals access mental health services and assisting those who experience temporary financial hardship.

Population(s) Served

Aspen Community Foundation directs several scholarship funds which provide tuition assistance to graduating high school seniors and continuing college students. These funds support students from diverse backgrounds with varying college and career paths, including first generation college attendees, low-income students, and those pursuing technical certification and apprenticeship training.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

CF National Standards 2018

Affiliations & memberships

Colorado Association of Funders 2019

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of the Aspen to Parachute Cradle to Career Initiative is to ensure that the 20,000 children ages 0-18 in our region are ready for kindergarten and graduate from high school ready for college and career.

The Initiative has four goals:
1. Children are ready for kindergarten
2. Youth develop social and life assets for success and happiness
3. Students succeed academically
4. Students graduate from high school ready for college and career

The Aspen to Parachute Cradle to Career Initiative uses the strategy of collective impact. About 100 community leaders from nonprofits, schools, governments, civic groups, and philanthropy are part of the Cradle to Career network. In the early stages, these partners created a regional Action Plan for Youth Success and implemented more than a dozen collaborative action projects between Aspen and Parachute. Now, Cradle to Career partners are focusing on advancing the goals of the Initiative by analyzing accumulated data to inform decisions and priorities, identifying levers for policy change, and strengthening systems that serve youth and families.

As the Backbone for the Cradle to Career Initiative, Aspen Community Foundation guides the vision and strategy, shares data and research, strengthens networks, builds community investments in youth success, and identifies opportunities for policy change.

The 2018 Closing Gaps, Creating Youth Opportunities report revealed that while some indicators have increased, some have not changed, and some have even decreased. This analysis has prompted new thinking and new questions: what else prevents children from thriving.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Aspen Community Foundation

Board of directors
as of 7/30/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Barbara Gold

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Mike Kaplan

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Allen Grossman

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Carrie Wells

Pam Alexander

Killeen Brettmann

Kimbo Brown-Schirato

Susan Crown

Tony DiLucia

Connie Calaway

Barbara Gold

Adam Lewis

Mike Murray

Jeanie Humble

Marcie Musser

Richard Jelinek

Gail Schwartz

Jake Mascotte

Maria Morrow

Rob Pew

Susana Salamun

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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