Boettcher Foundation in the News

The college application process can be daunting even for the students who rank among the highest-performing in their class. For Douglas County High School alumna, Katy Craig (class of 1995), it has been a long-standing passion of hers to give back to high school students the knowledge she has gained since the days of applying to colleges herself, so they can reach their full potential. Working first as the Scholarship Program Director with the Boettcher Foundation, and more recently the Foundation’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, Craig has been touring high school auditoriums around the state, sharing information with high school students on how to create compelling college applications, how to sort through the inundation of resources, and coaching them through the anxiety that can set in.      ...

By Debbie Kelley  The Gazette The college admissions and scholarship application process can be like playing a game of 20 questions. Where do you start? What are selection committees really looking for? What's the best way to brag about yourself? "All the Wisdom and None of the Junk: Secrets of Applying for College Admissions and Scholarships" is a new book from the Boettcher Foundation to help demystify and simplify the process for high school students. The authors work for the powerhouse Denver-based philanthropic organization, which each year awards full-ride, in-state scholarships to well-rounded, high-achieving seniors.      ...

By John Wenzel  The Denver Post There are few places in Colorado — or anywhere, for that matter — where an energy company and a community organizer take the same stage to accept an award, or a philanthropist and a hotel company share equal honors. That was the case Wednesday at the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where 700 local arts, business and civic leaders assembled for the 30th annual Colorado Business Committee for the Arts statewide lunch.    ...

By Aldo Svaldi  The Denver Post Assets at Colorado foundations rose 24.3 percent between 2011 and 2014, which in turn led to an 11.2 percent jump in contributions to charitable causes, according to a report Thursday from Philanthropy Southwest. “The philanthropic sector has recovered from the great recession,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation and board president of Philanthropy Southwest, the country’s oldest membership association for grant-makers.    ...

By Ann Butler The Durango Herald New teachers are leaving the profession at alarming rates, and colleges are graduating fewer licensed teachers, leaving many schools hurting for qualified instructors. Southwest Colorado is one of four areas in the state particularly hard-hit by the shortage.  Nationwide, about one-third of new teachers leave the classroom in the first three years, and more than half leave within the first five. Enter the Boettcher Teacher Residency program, which is working to shift those numbers. Aspiring teachers in the region are finding it a gateway to success, and small rural districts such as Ignacio, Cortez, Dolores and Dove Creek are beginning to fill hard-to-fill positions, particularly in math and science ...

By Katie Rapone Confluence Denver The dynamic new leaders at three of Colorado's top nonprofit organizations share a vision for a better community. They also recognize that collaboration is a prerequisite for success. It may come as no surprise that some of the most influential pioneers of the world's first nonprofits had strong, compassionate females at the helm. Yet what is surprising is that even in this day and age, fewer women currently hold leadership positions at the nations nonprofits than men. According to a 2012 study by the University of Denver and The White House Project, women constitute only 21 percent of leadership roles among nonprofits with budgets in excess of $25 million, even though they make up 75 percent of the workforce. ...

  By Debbie Kelley The Gazette A Gazette "Best and Brightest" from 1993 has continued on the up-and-coming path she started in high school. Throughout her career, Rampart High School graduate Katie Kramer, nee Stanich, has maintained her teenage philosophy to "bring people together, get them involved and feeling like a team." Kramer now is positioned to take over as the fifth president and executive director of the 78-year-old Boettcher Foundation. The Denver-based philanthropic powerhouse annually awards full-ride scholarships to 42 high school seniors to attend in-state colleges or universities. ...

  By Amy DiPierro BusinessDen Twenty-three years ago, Katie Kramer received a full-ride scholarship from Colorado nonprofit the Boettcher Foundation. Now she’s in charge of handing them out. On Sunday, Kramer was named the next executive director and president of the Denver-based Boettcher Foundation. As the fifth person to lead the nonprofit since its founding, Kramer, 40, will watch over assets valued at over $300 million, according to 2014 tax documents. When the Boettcher Foundation started in 1937, it funded primarily major construction projects for nonprofits. Today it funds not just capital campaigns, but also biomedical research, undergraduate scholarships for in-state students and a five-year education program for aspiring teachers. ...

By Aldo Svaldi The Denver Post The Boettchers, like other titanic Colorado business families, funneled their hard-won wealth into a family foundation. Their foundation is best known for providing more than 2,400 promising high school students full-ride scholarships to Colorado colleges and universities since 1952. That investment has now come full circle. Katie Kramer, one of those Boettcher scholars, will succeed Tim Schultz as the foundation's executive director and president. "He has taught me everything I know," Kramer said of Schultz. "He has been a fantastic mentor and a fabulous friend." ...

By Joe Vaccarelli YourHub Reporter Josh Hamlin lost everything to addiction. He gave up college football and saw a promising surfing career disappear. When Hamlin got sober in 2008, he still felt he needed an outlet for physical activity. He found it at Phoenix Multisport when he was in Boulder. "When I started getting sober, I didn't have that physical piece. As an athlete, I needed it," Hamlin said. "It really built back my self-confidence." ...