Foundation News & Announcements

DENVER, December 14, 2017 — The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded $615,000 in capital grants to 15 nonprofit organizations that are working to support our Colorado communities. “These organizations work hard every day to provide important services to Coloradans in need,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “From providing meals to those who are struggling with food insecurity to helping our communities improve mental health treatment, we’re happy to support organizations that are positively impacting our state and its diverse residents each day.” The grant recipients are: Adaptive Sports Center of Crested Butte – Crested Butte, $35,000: Toward the purchase and renovation of the organization's new headquarters and programming facility American Red Cross Mile High Region – Denver, $20,000: Toward the Save a Life Denver 2.0 program which aims to improve mass-casualty response over the next three years Bridge House – Boulder/Aurora, $50,000: Toward the purchase and renovation of a building in Aurora to replicate their Boulder-based Ready to Work Program model Children's Hospital Colorado – Denver, $50,000: Toward the expansion of the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado Food Bank for Larimer County – Fort Collins, $50,000: Toward the purchase and renovation of a centrally located facility which will serve as the new headquarters and warehouse for the organization Gold Crown Foundation – Edgewater, $35,000: Toward the renovation of a new after-school programming facility Grand Valley Catholic Outreach – Grand Junction, $30,000: Toward the expansion of the organization's homeless day center La Llave Family Resource Center – Alamosa, $25,000: Toward the purchase and renovation of the organization's new headquarters and programming facility La Puente – Alamosa, $60,000: Toward a comprehensive capital campaign to improve the functionality of the organization's facilities Laradon School – Denver, $40,000: Toward the renovation and expansion of the school’s aging campus Mind Springs Health – Grand Junction, $120,000: Toward the expansion of the only psychiatric hospital on the Western Slope Ralston House – Arvada/Northglenn, $35,000: Toward the construction of a new child advocacy center in Northglenn Savio House – Denver, $10,000: Toward renovations at the main campus to address safety issues The Pinon Project Family Resource Center – Cortez, $25,000: Toward the purchase and renovation of the organization's new headquarters and programming facility We Don't Waste – Denver, $30,000: Toward the new Food Rescue and Distribution Center About the Boettcher Foundation: At Boettcher, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...

DENVER, December 6, 2017 — The Boettcher Foundation is pleased to announce that David Miller and Rick Pederson have been appointed to serve on the board of trustees beginning in January of 2018. Both Miller and Pederson bring extensive knowledge of our Colorado communities as well as specialized expertise in finance, investment, nonprofits and philanthropy. Comprised of some of Colorado’s most dynamic business and community leaders, the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees is responsible for supporting and guiding the foundation in its mission of investing in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. “In addition to their wealth of experience and specialized knowledge, Rick and David are dedicated Coloradans with a deep appreciation for our state and its communities,” said Russell George, chairman of the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees. “We are honored that they are bringing their talents and commitment to the Boettcher Foundation.” David Miller is executive director of the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver, a position he has held since March of 2016. The mission of the Barton Institute is “to address major social issues and improve society by promoting and enhancing traditional and new forms of philanthropy, social enterprise, and partnerships among the private, public, nonprofit and academic sectors.” Before joining the Barton Institute, Miller was president and CEO of The Denver Foundation, the oldest and largest community foundation in the Rocky Mountain region. Under his leadership, the assets of The Denver Foundation grew from $58 million to well over $700 million and donors contributed more than $1 billion to The Denver Foundation as a vehicle for their charitable giving. Miller is a Denver native and a fifth-generation Denverite. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Since then, he has worked in all three sectors: public, private and nonprofit. “I am honored to be part of a foundation that has had such a profound impact on our state and its people,” Miller said. “I am particularly pleased to join such a committed and talented group of trustees who are dedicated to supporting the individuals and nonprofits who are working hard and giving back in our state.” Rick Pederson is partner and chair of the advisory committee at Bow River Capital Partners, a Denver-based private equity firm that acquires interests in middle-market business services companies. Bow River is also a sponsor of real estate and energy investment funds. Pederson was born in Denver and grew up in Lakewood. After earning BSBA, MSBA and JD degrees from the University of Denver, he began his career at Harbridge House, a Boston management consultancy company.  Pederson returned to Denver and soon after founded Ross Consulting Group, providing real estate-related counsel to private and public clients worldwide. Subsequently, he created and managed a number of successful real estate co-investment funds as president of Foundation Properties Inc. He is a board member of several publicly-traded investment vehicles including the Westcore Mutual Funds complex, ALPS ETF Trust and Principal Real Estate Income Fund. His community involvement includes board positions with the National Western Stock Show Association and History Colorado. “The Boettcher family made a significant mark on Colorado, and I’m pleased to help continue their legacy,” Pederson said. “I am looking forward to engaging with the Foundation, its trustees and staff as we continue Boettcher’s good work state-wide.” High-resolution photos available upon request. About the Boettcher Foundation: At Boettcher, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...

Boettcher Scholars throughout the United States participated in coordinated service events as part of the national Make a Difference Day effort on October 28. Boettcher Scholars in six communities organized and publicized the volunteer opportunity to their local Boettcher communities. We were thrilled to see the impact our scholars had in their regions and the joy they experienced as they reconnected. Below are reports from sites where scholars worked to make a difference. Colorado Springs Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado During the Make a Difference Day event in Colorado Springs, 16 wonderful volunteers (Boettcher Scholars, alumni, family and friends) helped to produce more than 500 senior food boxes for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program of Southern Colorado in conjunction with the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado. These food boxes will be distributed to low-income senior citizens through such organizations as Marian House, Salvation Army, High Plains Helping Hands, Eastern Plains Community Pantry, Silver Key Senior Services, Springs Rescue Mission, Connections 4 Life Center and more. Colorado Springs volunteers made a difference in the lives of more than 500 seniors! – Carina Raetz Denver A Precious Child The Denver metro area Boettcher alumni scholars and their families had an amazing morning volunteering for Make a Difference Day! We worked at A Precious Child, a wonderful organization that assists children and families facing difficult challenges such as abuse and neglect, crisis situations, and poverty. A Precious Child helps these children and families navigate community resources and connects them with needed services, opportunities and educational support. They also help them meet needs for basic items such as good-quality used clothing and infant-care necessities, through their Resource Center. This is where about two dozen Boettcher volunteers spent the morning, helping this wonderful organization “make a dent” in the piles and piles of donations awaiting distribution. It was a fun, successful and rewarding day! – Jennifer Meyers Fort Collins All Aboard Animal Rescue Annie the Railroad Dog spent her days greeting visitors who traveled through Fort Collins in the 1930s and 40s.  Since then, residents have increasingly welcomed dogs into our hearts and our homes. This is precisely the goal All Aboard Animal Rescue supports, and Fort Collins/Golden Boettcher Scholars and alumni were able to spend the day raising awareness for the group’s foster events. Sporting Boettcher Make A Difference Day totes for our supplies, we created some healthy competition between the gals and guys scholars teams of who could place informational fliers in the most creatively impactful locations across town.  A couple of us have gotten together for various social events after having met that weekend, and apparently about 30 pups found their forever homes each adoption event weekend after Boettcher volunteers jumped aboard! – Krystal Kappeler San Francisco San Bruno Mountain Watch The San Francisco Bay Area Boettcher alumni scholars had a great time volunteering for Make a Difference Day! We worked with San Bruno Mountain Watch and spent the morning on the steep slopes of San Bruno Mountain, helping to weed out invasive plant species. We learned how to use a mattock gardening tool, enjoyed learning tons of naturalist lore from our hosts, and saw a lone coyote crossing the hillside. Five of us were there representing the Boettcher Foundation: Lee Granas, Meadow Didier, Zach Gonzales, Erin Arnsteen and her husband Jess (who drove 2.5 hours each way to join us)! Afterwards we had a great lunch together and brainstormed future Bay Area Boettcher Scholar activities that we hope to try out. It was a very fun and successful day! – Lee Granas Seattle EarthCorps Seattle Boettcher alumni enjoyed planting trees, shrubs and other native Pacific Northwest plants under beautiful blue skies at Camp Long in West Seattle. Two alumni, one Boettcher guest and other EarthCorps volunteers planted 200 saplings. EarthCorps staff encouraged us to name each plant and give it our blessing, which added a fun element to the day. McKenna Asakawa (2012) proudly named our last planting, a Douglas fir, “Claude” in honor and gratefulness for our Boettcher Scholarship founder. May Washington’s Claude grow tall and serve multiple generations well! – Karin Schantz Washington, D.C. A Wider Circle During the Make a Difference Day event in the Washington, D.C. area, Boettcher volunteers Bob Slevc (‘95), Scarlett Jimenez (‘13), Tracy Wahl (‘86) and Kitty Shaw Gardener (‘65) had a great time at A Wider Circle. A Wider Circle provides basic-need items to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness, fleeing domestic abuse or otherwise living without the essentials of life. There were some “small-world” stories shared during the day - Kitty and Scarlett realized that they both went to Hinkley High School, nearly 50 years apart! And - Scarlett and Tracy live only a few blocks from each other in D.C. but had never met! The volunteers were all impressed with the organization and are primed to do more volunteer work. It was a great day! – Tracy Wahl ...

College and scholarship applications ask students to write hundreds of thousands of words all centered around themselves, and yet reviewers repeatedly say that arrogance is the number one thing that will turn them off from reading a student’s file. At the same time, there are students each year who are declined from selection processes not because they aren’t incredibly competitive and compelling, but because they’ve failed to fully own their achievements. We get it. It’s a mind-bender. That’s why we spend one whole section of our book, All the Wisdom and None of the Junk detailing strategies for how to own your accomplishments without sounding arrogant. The trick to striking the right balance between humility and confidence is to objectively discuss your achievements in a straightforward and factual way. This will invariably serve you better than being overly humble and therefore masking your impact or being overly proud and thereby overstating your contributions. So if you’re the president of the club, don’t tell us you “participated.” State the fact that you led it…and then stop short of aggrandizing yourself with modifiers that can rub committee members the wrong way. We give actual examples in the book, but some of these inflated adverbs are “single-handedly,” “expertly,” and “superbly.” Simply tell us what you did and leave it to us and your recommendation writers to praise you for it. Better to quantify your contributions (like citing the number of people served or dollars raised) and let those accomplishments speak for themselves. For deeper insight into this tip and other secrets of applying for college admission and scholarships, check out our new book All the Wisdom and None of the Junk. It gives students inside information – but only what they truly need to create exceptional college and scholarship applications. Learn more....

DENVER—History Colorado has announced the naming of a new gallery space set to host the latest exhibition, Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects, being presented with support by Colorado State University. The Tim Schultz Gallery presented by the Boettcher Foundation will be the home of the new exhibition, opening in November 2017. “The Boettcher Foundation is honored to partner with History Colorado to recognize Tim’s long career as a public servant and philanthropic leader,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “We can’t think of a better way to honor Tim than with this beautiful space that will help tell the stories of our state and its people.”  ...

Over the years we have read thousands upon thousands of scholarship essays. And yet despite that massive amount, the types of mistakes we see tend to fall into similar categories. Generally speaking, effective essays are emotionally honest and give insight into who the applicant is as a person. They illustrate genuine motivation and goals, rather than superficial or heavy-handed interest in issues or accomplishments that students THINK we want them to care about. Boiled down, here are the most common essay mistakes we see: The essay reiterates the resume or transcript. Don’t fill your valuable essay space with information that can easily be found in other parts of your application. Students write more about another person than themselves. Many essay prompts will ask about a person you admire or who has influenced you. Even though you’re talking about someone else, make sure that you and what you’ve learned from the other person are the focus of your personal essay. Students write more about the issue than themselves. Again, some essay prompts will ask you to write about an issue or you may simply want to do so because it matters to you. Although you’re passionate about it, don’t make the mistake of writing more about the issue than about why it’s important to you. The essay is more about what happened than its significance. Don’t build up the tension with a great story that never ties back to its effect on you as a person. The student writes about challenges but doesn’t illustrate growth. Challenges and obstacles can be some of the most compelling elements of college or scholarship applications—that is, if applicants are able to demonstrate how they’ve overcome their circumstances and grown as a result. For deeper insight into this tip and other secrets of applying for college admission and scholarships, check out our new book All the Wisdom and None of the Junk. It gives students inside information – but only what they truly need to create exceptional college and scholarship applications. Learn more....

The reality of reading applications is that review committee members read tons of them in one sitting. So it's tough when we pick up the 10th application that's clearly trying to impress rather than just owning who the person is. You know what we mean - we've all been in that social situation where someone pretends to like something just to get in with the cool clique and everyone else looks at each other uncomfortably. It’s painfully obvious when people aren’t being themselves. Sure, you can write about weighty issues like climate change or worldwide poverty, but only if you are really passionate about them write in your natural voice make reviewers want to meet you in person by sharing your genuine self Otherwise, we'd much rather read about your love of BBQ or why Marvel is better than DC (or vice versa). Being authentic illustrates healthy self-awareness, expressiveness and self-regard. Plus, if you write about something you’re honestly passionate about in your application, then you’ll write with enthusiasm. And that enthusiasm will be catching. For deeper insight into this tip and other secrets of applying for college admission and scholarships, check out our new book All the Wisdom and None of the Junk. It gives students inside information – but only what they truly need to create exceptional college and scholarship applications. Learn more....

Far too often applicants shy away from sharing the most interesting parts of themselves. As a result, their applications are flat and generic – nothing like the intriguing and multi-dimensional people writing them. Lest you hesitate to fly your geek flag and fully embrace your quirks in something so imposing as a college application, let us count the reasons why we love it when students do: People are fascinating and students who let their unique identities shine through their applications automatically hook us, Nothing is more compelling than someone owning his or her own space, Quirks are inherently distinctive, so sharing yours makes your application stand out from the pile, Embracing your eccentricities – and sharing them with strangers – demonstrates courage and self-awareness, Sharing your individuality allows us to see the person behind the application and really get to know you, Seeing the person behind the application (#5) makes reviewers want to meet you in person by inviting you to an interview or to visit campus, Knowing more about you allows selection committee members to better see how you’ll fit with their incoming class and institution, Illustrating how your particular passions translated into extra courses or other intellectual pursuits (like organizing El Dia de Los Muertos celebrations or re-enacting Renaissance jousts in authentic regalia) bolsters your academic profile by highlighting your intellectual curiosity, And did we mention that all this makes your application far more interesting to read because you sound like your own inimitable self and not like everyone else? The key is to write about topics that you actually enjoy – not that you think the committee WANTS you to enjoy. So let your dorkily unbridled pastime or your unabashed owning of your own personality sweep us up in its enthusiasm. For deeper insight into this tip and other secrets of applying for college admission and scholarships, check out our new book All the Wisdom and None of the Junk. It gives students inside information – but only what they truly need to create exceptional college and scholarship applications. Learn more....

Specific wording can make or break a college or scholarship application. Avoid the widespread mistake of over-generalizing or leaving too much to interpretation by shifting your perspective to that of the reviewers. Think about it: while you may know exactly what you contributed to an activity just by mentioning its name, strangers reading your application won't. As reviewers, all we have to go on is what you write. So being specific and detailed in quantifying your contributions is incredibly important. It’s one thing, for example, to write “Food Bank Volunteer,” and another to write “Volunteered 20 hours per week during junior year to collect canned food and coordinated food basket distribution with local food bank.” It's also key to elaborate on – and not repeat – the information in the basic Activity Section if the application you’re completing has an additional “Detailed Activities Section,” which many do. These sections give you more space to describe the three or four activities that mean the most to you – and space to explain why. Sometimes left blank and often misjudged, detailed activity sections can be capitalized on, giving reviewers even more insight into your motivation and commitment while also demonstrating that you care enough to follow instructions and give review committees the information they've asked you to provide. For deeper insight into this tip and other secrets of applying for college admission and scholarships, check out our new book All the Wisdom and None of the Junk. It gives students inside information – but only what they truly need to create exceptional college and scholarship applications. Learn more....

DENVER, Sept. 6, 2017 — Fifteen capital projects that will help enrich communities throughout Colorado have been awarded grant funding from the Boettcher Foundation. The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees awarded a total of $690,000 in capital grants to projects that promote arts and culture, youth development and community use.  “These projects are incredibly diverse, but the one unifying theme shared by all of them is a goal of bringing people together and strengthening the fabric of our Colorado communities,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “Each of these organizations is working hard to support the communities they serve, and we are honored to help advance their efforts.” This year’s community enrichment grant recipients are: Boettcher Mansion – Golden, $25,000 Toward construction of an education pavilion detailing the structure’s history Boulder Jewish Community Center – Boulder, $50,000 Toward construction of a new community and recreation facility with early childhood learning center Center for the Arts Evergreen – Evergreen, $30,000 Toward renovation of teaching, exhibition and performance space Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – Colorado Springs, $75,000 Toward the construction of new exhibits and program space Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus – Denver, $50,000 Toward construction of the Adventure Forest and STEM education course Dolores Senior Center – Dove Creek, $40,000 Toward construction of a new senior and community center with a commercial kitchen Great Outdoors Colorado – Denver, $75,000 Toward brick-and-mortar components of community projects meant to inspire outdoor recreation and wellness High Valley Community Center – Del Norte, $35,000 Toward a facility offering after-school programming and community classes Kersey Community Center – Kersey, $40,000 Toward construction of a multi-use center with senior programming, a museum and a library Lone Cone Library District – Norwood, $50,000 Toward construction of a new library and community center Museum of Contemporary Art – Denver, $75,000 Toward renovation of the building to better meet current programming needs Phillips County – Holyoke, $30,000 Toward construction of a pavilion and education center at the county fairgrounds Poudre Learning Center Foundation – Greeley, $40,000 Toward expansion of the nature and science learning center Roaring Fork Conservancy – Basalt, $40,000 Toward construction of headquarters and programming facility VFW Post 1 – Denver, $35,000 Toward major renovations of the VFW Post 1 building to accommodate community enrichment and arts programming About the Boettcher Foundation: At Boettcher, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...