Philanthropiece Foundation

Piecing together a better world

Longmont, CO   |  www.philanthropiece.org

Mission

Our mission is, through building deep and authentic relationships, to empower changemakers around the world to co-create resilient communities. We envision a world in which all individuals realize their full potential and act on their capacity to create positive change in themselves and in their communities. Our work is rooted in active community engagement. We believe in participating, engaging, continually learning, and showing up. We stand with people who tenaciously work to address root causes of social issues and dedicate themselves to creating opportunities for their fellow community members. We stand for justice in all of its forms so that every person is able to live a fulfilling, healthy, resilient life. We value collaboration, innovation, inclusion, celebration, and integrity.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Katie Doyle Myers

Main address

6105 Monarch Rd

Longmont, CO 80503 USA

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EIN

84-1440983

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

While we understand that it can be beneficial to identify problems to solve, at Philanthropiece we tend to focus more on where the needs and assets lie in a particular community. Our work is rooted in active community engagement. We believe in participating, engaging, continually learning, and showing up. We stand with changemakers – those people who tenaciously work to address root causes of social issues and dedicate themselves to creating opportunities for their fellow community members. We stand for justice in all of its forms so that every person is able to live a fulfilling, healthy, and resilient life.

Our programs

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

Boulder County CO, Community Initiatives

We envision a world in which all individuals realize their full potential and act on their capacity to create positive change in themselves and in their communities. We believe that collaboration, innovation, inclusion, celebration, and integrity are integral to our process. We partner with individuals, organizations, and entire communities, knowing that we, too, will be changed in the process. Our work is deeply rooted in the unique needs of the communities we serve, and emerges directly from the initiative of local changemakers. Though we are based in three distinct locations, all of this is what draws us together as one Philanthropiece. Our work in Colorado is rooted in social justice. We offer our resources, our experience, and our solidarity as we work alongside changemakers to co-create communities that are based on decency and integrity. Our work involves themes of economic justice, climate justice, immigration rights, indigenous rights, LGBTQ+ allyship, and youth engagement.

Population(s) Served

We train Mayan youth to become conscientious leaders, engaged citizens, and powerful changemakers. We do this through a University Scholarship Program, a Social Entrepreneurship Cultivator, and by offering holistic personal and professional development services. Filantropis ONG is fully directed led and operated by Chajulense youth changemakers.

Population(s) Served

Our civil association in Mexico is focused on strengthening the resilience of communities. We do this through our foundational programs, Community Savings Groups and Financial Education. We train community members to come together to save, to provide small loans to one another, to engage in income-generating activities, and to support their neighbors via a social fund.

Population(s) Served

Philanthropiece is a coordinating partner of Right Relationship Boulder (RRB). The RRB is a group of Native and non-Native people working with local governments and organizations to help all Boulder Valley residents learn about the Native peoples who lived here historically and those who live here today. RRB's goal is to promote and practice right relationship with Native peoples. We acknowledge that the land where we live today is the territory of the Hinóno'éí (Arapaho) people. We honor Chief Left Hand (Nawath), leader of the last Hinóno'éí band to spend their winters in the Boulder Valley. Many Hinóno'éí people were massacred by the US Cavalry at Sand Creek, Colorado, in 1864. The survivors were forced out of Colorado to reservations in Wyoming and Oklahoma, where most Hinóno'éí live today. In our daily lives, let us remember that the Boulder Valley is home to the Hinóno'éí people and to many other tribes that also camped, hunted, and traded here for centuries. Native people of many Indigenous nations live here today.

Population(s) Served

We believe that economic justice is critical for creating a better world. Over 30 million people in the U.S. are unbanked or underbanked, and we believe that Community Savings Groups (CSGs) are a response to this issue. That is why we are working alongside various local organizations and agencies - such as ELPASO, Centro Amistad, ReVision, I Have a Dream Foundation, and more - to initiate the CSG initiative right here in Colorado.

A CSG is a group consisting of about 10-25 people who know and trust each other, and meet regularly to save money. The group also has an opportunity to issue small loans to one another with terms and interest rates that are decided upon by the group and included in a written agreement. A CSG liquidates after an agreed upon period of time; at this share-out each member receives the money they personally saved as well as a share of the interest (if applicable) that they have earned as a group. They then begin a new cycle.

Since 2010, Philanthropiece has honed a culturally appropriate methodology and applied it to train community members in Mexico on how to form and implement CSGs. To date, over 1850 people in Baja California Sur, Baja California Norte, and Puebla are saving as a result of our CSG program. Now it’s time to bring it to our own backyard.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our work is deeply rooted in the unique needs of the communities we serve, and what we do emerges directly from the initiative of those who live there. We focus on uplifting changemakers who are at the forefront of projects, initiatives, coalitions, and movements that positively shift our collective view and experience. Since our start, we have believed that a connection between local and global communities makes us more aware, prepared, and impactful. While we are located in three places, we are united under the same mission and vision.

Filantropis ONG is located in Chajul, Guatemala
We train Mayan youth to become conscientious leaders, engaged citizens, and powerful changemakers. We do this through a University Scholarship Program, a Social Entrepreneurship Cultivator, and by offering holistic personal and professional development services. Filantropis ONG is fully directed led and operated by Chajulense youth changemakers.


Philanthropiece Foundation is located in Colorado, US
Our work in Colorado is rooted in social justice. We offer our resources, our experience, and our solidarity as we work alongside changemakers to co-create communities that are based on decency and integrity. Our work involves themes of economic justice, climate justice, immigration rights, indigenous rights, LGBTQ+ allyship, and youth engagement.


Philanthropiece A.C. is located in B.C.S., Mexico
Our civil association in Mexico is focused on strengthening the resilience of communities. We do this through our foundational programs, Community Savings Groups and Financial Education. We train community members to come together to save, to provide small loans to one another, to engage in income-generating activities, and to support their neighbors via a social fund.



Our strategy is based upon the principles of cultivating relationships, co-creating initiatives, and sustaining organizations and movements.

We enter with humility and an openness to learn. Cultivating relationships allows us to understand the power, as well as the needs, of an individual or a community. In this phase of our approach, we build relationships over coffee and via participation, we grow our understanding of a theme or an issue via research and dialogue, we show up and stand alongside those whom we hope to accompany, and we offer initial resources.

We believe in the power of an individual or small group to make big change. And we know that at times all that is needed is a spark, a supportive hand, or a few nudges to create it. In our co-creating state, we collaboratively design a working agreement and commit to dedication of time and resources to develop the mission, approach, strategy, and sustainability plan of an organization, initiative, or movement.

We recognize that real change doesn’t happen in a month or a year. That’s why we commit to the long haul. Our work in Guatemala and Mexico started by listening to local leaders and learning about their community’s assets and needs. From there, projects turned into programs, and programs turned into autonomous organizations. While the Philanthropiece family is closely tied, the work across borders is directed by local teams.

We participate in – and stand in solidarity with – initiatives that embody Philanthropiece’s values.
We are proud to be cultivating relationships with the local and global organizations. To us, cultivation means pursuing a deep understanding of collective power and individual needs. Cultivating with these community partners means that we champion their work, show up to their events, welcome both informal interactions and deliberate meetings to build relationship and better understand the work, and build trust and clarity through dialogue and shared experiences.

We design working agreements with groups with whom we share programs or visions.
We are proud to be cultivating initiatives, programs, and movements in the local and global communities were we re engaged. At this stage, Philanthropiece commits both financial resources and staff time, as we work together to develop or improve strategy, organizational structure, program design, and sustainability plans. We provide support and counsel as part of the initiative’s leaderships team, boards, and working committees. When we cultivate, we support all aspects of the initiative, provide hands on support, contribute to communications and outreach, and continue to grow and deepen relationships.

We develop legal and familial ties to organizations with whom we share a mission and purpose.
One of Philanthropiece Foundation’s deepest impacts has been to nurture the development of civil associations in Mexico and Guatemala. We are proud to be sustaining relationships with both Philanthropiece A.C. and Filantropis ONG. To us, sustaining means committing enduringly to local entities and their programs that emerge directly from local leadership. We do this through working closely alongside the associations’ teams, participating on the boards, supporting the development of strategy and sustainability plans, and providing resources that sustain their initiatives.

Philanthropiece Foundation has over 12 years of building relationships with community members, and making a positive difference in people's lives. Specifically


FILANTROPIS ONG, CHAJUL GUATEMALA: PROVIDES UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS, A UNIVERSITY CREDIT PROGRAM AND COMMUNITY TRAININGS FOCUSED ON PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP PRINCIPLES, INCLUDING BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOPS. DIRECTLY SERVING 26 UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND 5 NEW ENTREPRENEURS IN 2018. ADDITIONALLY IMPACTING MORE THAN 1000 MEMBERS OF INDIGENOUS MAYAN COMMUNITY VIA COMMUNITY FORUMS, SOCIAL ACTION PROJECTS, AND LOCAL BUSINESS SERVICES AND PRODUCTS. SEE ADDITIONAL DETAIL, STATEMENT 20.

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PHILANTHROPIECE ASOCICIÓN CIVIL, B.C.S. MÉXICO: PROVIDES TRAINING TO FORM COMMUNITY SAVINGS GROUPS WITH INTEGRATED LEADERSHIP AND FINANCIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMMING ON TOPICS SUCH AS PERSONAL BUDGETING, FINANCIAL GOALS AND DECISION MAKING, CREDIT BASICS, SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, AND BUILDING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE. SERVING MORE THAN 1100 PEOPLE IN OVER 35 COMMUNITIES. SEE ADDITIONAL DETAIL, STATEMENT 20.

Statement 15
RIGHT RELATIONSHIP BOULDER, BOULDER, CO: PROVIDES AVENUES FOR EDUCATION, ADVOCACY, AND COMMUNITY BUILDING. RRB IS A CITIZEN GROUP OF APPROXIMATELY 650 NATIVE AND NON-NATIVE BOULDER AREA RESIDENTS WHO WORK WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS IN AN EFFORT TO FACILITATE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES. THE KEY EVENT IN 2018 WAS THE “WELCOME THE ARAPAHO PEOPLE HOME” EVENT DURING THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY CELEBRATION IN OCTOBER. THIS EVENT BROUGHT 100 ARAPAHO PEOPLE FROM WYOMING AND OKLAHOMA TO SHARE CULTURAL EXPERIENCES WITH MORE THAN 700 BOULDER AREA RESIDENTS IN ATTENDANCE. SEE ADDITIONAL DETAIL, STATEMENT 20.

Statement 16
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUITY INITIATIVES IN BOULDER COUNTY, COLORADO: COLLABORATING WITH NON-PROFIT AND GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS TO ADDRESS THEMES OF IMMIGRANT RIGHTS, INDIGENOUS RIGHTS, CLIMATE JUSTICE, ECONOMIC JUSTICE, AND WOMEN/GIRLS’ EMPOWERMENT. OUR RESOURCES, INCLUDING STAFF SUPPORT/EXPERIENCE AND FUNDS, DIRECTLY BENEFITED MORE THAN 1600 COMMUNITY MEMBERS VIA ADVOCACY AND ORGANIZING, COALITION BUILDING, DIRECT SERVICES, EDUCATIONAL FORUMS, CONFERENCES, AND CAPACITY BUILDING MODULES. SEE ADDITIONAL DETAIL, STATEMENT 20.

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Philanthropiece Foundation

Board of directors
as of 9/26/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Elizabeth C. Cook

Philanthropiece Foundation


Board co-chair

Joan M. Knudson

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Elizabeth Cook

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Joan Knudson

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