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28 Apr Boettcher Foundation awards $1 million for education projects

April 28, 2016 — The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded $1 million in capital grants to educational institutions in the state. The grant funding includes five higher-education institutions and an expansion of the foundation’s support of the Qualistar Colorado Capital Fund, which supports early childhood education centers. “Colorado’s educational institutions are critically important, not only for their role in preparing students for the future, but also for the role they play in connecting our communities,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. “We are honored to help contribute to the facilities that will help our educational institutions achieve both of those goals.” This year’s education grant recipients are: Colorado Mountain College – Glenwood Springs, $175,000 Toward construction of a community learning space in the college’s downtown headquarters facility, which will include a flexible learning center featuring collaboration rooms, a community theater/art space and technical training spaces Fort Lewis College – Durango - $150,000 Toward construction of a new Geosciences, Physics and Engineering Hall, which will provide more than 60,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, team meeting space and offices Qualistar Colorado Capital Fund – Denver, $175,000 Toward the Qualistar Colorado Capital Fund for early childhood learning centers United States Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, $35,000 Toward renovation of the academy’s planetarium to create a modern facility capable of presenting interactive experiences, computer simulations, celestial navigation, produced movies and star-field programs University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, $400,000 Toward construction of a centralized campus commons facility serving as the main portal of connectivity on campus and providing state-of-the-art performing and visual art spaces Western State Colorado University – Gunnison, $65,000 Toward expansion of the Center for Environment and Sustainability, to include eight offices, an additional classroom and common spaces to encourage cross-disciplinary and campus-to-community collaboration Download a PDF version of this press release. 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. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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19 Apr Boettcher Scholars forge connections at D.C. reception

Boettcher Foundation Staff recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit Boettcher Scholar alumni whose diverse careers and passions took them to the East Coast. While there, we had the chance to reconnect with the impressive alumni who live in the D.C. area at a reception hosted by the U.S. State Department and by the Director General of the Foreign Service Arnold Chacon (who also happens to be a Boettcher Scholar). In an increasingly globalized world, we’ve been focused on reconnecting with scholar alumni, wherever they may live, because we believe we can all serve our communities more effectively if we’re linked to one another. Many of the alumni who live in the D.C. area have careers in public service, nonprofit and government. Alumni attendees ranged from 1965 Boettcher Scholars to recent college graduates. Among them were Tracy Wahl, executive producer for editorial franchises at NPR and Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board member; Phillip Juengst, federal financial manager for the U.S. Department of Education; and several members of the Foreign Service. The alumni reception was hosted at what will soon be the U.S. Diplomacy Museum, and we were joined by Foreign Service fellows and directors from the U.S. Bureau of Human Resources. “What makes this event very special is that both the alumni and the State Department employees share the value of giving back and making a difference in our communities, whether that’s Colorado, the United States or the world,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation during his remarks at the reception. Not only did we have a chance to catch up with our D.C. alumni, we also talked about ways for them to stay connected with the Boettcher community, even from afar. We also discussed opportunities with Director General Chacon’s team, including possible internships and fellowships for Boettcher Scholars. During the reception, Director General Chacon mentioned the profound connection he has felt to the Boettcher community since receiving his scholarship in 1974, and that he is glad to share that bond with 2,400 other alumni. These regional receptions offer a way for us to gather scholar alumni, share great conversations and continue to build our community. “I was grateful to connect with scholar alumni in the D.C. area as well as state department staff and fellows and learn more about the great work happening in all of our communities,” said 2004 scholar Mackenzie Parker. We host these receptions several times a year, in cities across the country. If you’re an alum outside of the Denver-metro area, make sure your contact information is updated so we know where to find you and watch our Boettcher Scholars Facebook page for updates on where we’ll be travelling next! ...
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19 Apr Rita B. Contreras joins Boettcher Foundation

April 19, 2016 — The Boettcher Foundation is pleased to announce that Rita B. Contreras has joined the staff as executive assistant. Contreras brings more than 20 years of experience in politics and higher-education with a focus on empowering others to access resources to improve their quality of life. Contreras has served as a city council aide for nine different members of Denver’s City Council. She also served as a constituent services and outreach representative for Congressman Ed Perlmutter, and as executive assistant to the president’s chief of staff at Metropolitan State University of Denver. “Rita’s experience and her ability to engage with members of the community make her the ideal person to support the Boettcher Foundation’s executives as we engage with the dynamic thinkers and leaders who propel Colorado forward,” said Katie Kramer, vice president and assistant executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. A Colorado native, Contreras attended Denver Public Schools, graduated from North High School and pursued a double major at Regis University; a Bachelor of Science in psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts in communications. She is also a 1998 graduate of the Denver Community Leadership Forum at the University of Colorado Denver. “I am excited to be a part of an organization that shares my passion for helping people to improve our communities,” Contreras said. Contreras is active in the community and serves on the Denver Art Museum’s Latino Outreach Committee and the Denver Health and Human Services Citizens Review Panel. She and her husband, DJ, enjoy coaching and actively cheering on their two young sons during their football, soccer and baseball games. Having recently lost their nine-year-old son to cancer, the family spends much of their free time volunteering with organizations that help raise awareness and provide support to other families as they navigate through their journey of dealing with childhood cancer. Download a PDF version of this press release. 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. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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02 Mar Two Colorado leaders join Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees

March 2, 2016 — The Boettcher Foundation is pleased to announce that two leaders from diverse regions have been elected to the board of trustees. Tony Frank, president of Colorado State University, and Pam Shockley-Zalabak, chancellor of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, will contribute their insight and leadership to the board. Comprised of 11 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 experience and insight into the state’s higher-education landscape, Pam and Tony bring a wealth of knowledge and dedication to improving our communities,” said Theodore F. Schlegel, chairman of the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees. “We are honored that they are bringing their talent and passion to the Boettcher Foundation, and we are especially pleased that they represent distinct areas of the state and can bring a unique perspective to the table.” Tony Frank is president of Colorado State University, where he works closely with faculty, staff, students and alumni. He was appointed president of the university in 2009, following roles as interim president, provost and senior vice president. His commitment to the mission of the land-grant university was shaped by his own experiences growing up on a farm in rural Illinois, and later by his experience as a student, faculty member and researcher. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Wartburg College and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois. He completed a Ph.D. and residencies in pathology and toxicology at Purdue University and served on the faculty at Oregon State University before joining Colorado State in 1993. He has served on several federal panels and was awarded the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award at both Colorado State and Oregon State University. His research interests have included toxicologic and infectious disease pathology, and he has authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications. Frank’s background in research will play a valuable role on the Boettcher Foundation board. “I am honored to be part of a foundation that has had such a profound impact on our state and its people,” Frank said. “I am especially pleased to join such a committed and talented group of leaders who are committed to supporting individuals and nonprofits that are working hard and giving back on behalf of Colorado.” Pam Shockley-Zalabak is chancellor of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She continues to teach and research with students and is the author of nine books and more than 100 articles and productions focusing on organizational communication. Her research is concentrated on organizational trust, and her most recent book, "Fundamentals of Organizational Communication," was published in 2015. Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, Shockley-Zalabak earned bachelor's and master's degrees in communication from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Later, she earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from University of Colorado Boulder. Shockley-Zalabak is the recipient of several awards, including the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Faculty, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Women in Business Award, the 2005 Student Choice for Instructor of the Year, the 2008 Colorado Springs Business Journal Women of Influence Award, the 2013 Pikes Peak Range Riders Silver Spur Award, the S. Jerrard Smith award for contributions to the community, and the American Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award. Shockley-Zalabak‘s expertise in organizational communication will be an asset to the Boettcher Foundation as it sets goals for the future. “The Boettcher family made an indelible mark on Colorado, and I’m pleased to help continue their legacy,” Shockley-Zalabak said. “I’m looking forward to engaging with the foundation, its staff and its community as we continue to propel Colorado forward.” Download a PDF version of this press release here. 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. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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11 Feb University of Denver student named Student Leader of the Year

 Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation  DENVER—University of Denver senior Neda Kikhia was named Colorado Leadership Alliance (CLA) 2016 Student Leader of the Year at the CLA Summit on Saturday at University of Colorado Denver. The award is given by the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and the Boettcher Foundation annually. Get to know the Student Leader of the Year, Neda Kikhia:  Kikhia is majoring in communications and religious studies and minoring in leadership studies  Member of Pioneer Leadership Program, one of 13 leadership training programs that’s part of CLA  Committed to social justice, Kikhia has served as a team lead for Public Achievement, a University of Denver program that connects its university students with students in Denver Public Schools, aiming to create a positive school culture and encourage academic achievement.   ...
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23 Jan Executive leadership announcement from the board of trustees

To our community, We are writing today because we want you to be among the first to know about an exciting step in the Boettcher Foundation’s history. The board of trustees of the Boettcher Foundation recently approved a succession plan under which Katie Kramer, currently vice president and assistant executive director of the foundation, will succeed Tim Schultz as president and executive director upon Tim’s retirement on July 31, 2017. As many of you know, Katie has spent nearly 20 years in multiple roles at the Boettcher Foundation. A Boettcher Scholar herself, Katie has led nearly all of the foundation’s programming areas and played a key role both in directing the foundation’s day-to-day operations and establishing its long-term strategic vision. Those of you who have worked with Katie know she is committed to the ideals of the Boettcher family and has the skills and passion to ensure that the foundation continues its mission of investing in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Katie will be only the fifth executive director in the Boettcher Foundation’s 78-year history. She is also a trailblazer, becoming the youngest person to lead the foundation, as well as the first woman and first Boettcher Scholar to do so. If you don't know her, we encourage you to learn more about Katie. Tim notified the board of his plans to retire in mid-2017, prompting us to launch the succession-planning process with enough time to ensure that the leadership transition was both thoughtful and seamless. As stewards of the Boettcher Foundation, we spent a great deal of time considering all of our options. We determined that the best-practice for the Boettcher Foundation was to appoint a talented leader who has grown her career within the foundation. In the coming months, the executive committee of the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees will work to establish a formal transition process with input from Tim and Katie. Both Tim and Katie have worked side-by-side for nearly two decades, and they share a commitment to the Boettcher family’s founding vision and ideals. We look forward to updating you on the transition process as we move forward, and we are confident that the Boettcher Foundation is well-positioned for the future. Thank you, Theodore F. Schlegel, M.D. Chairman, Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees  ...
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16 Dec Boettcher Foundation funds capital campaigns for social services nonprofits

December 16, 2015 — The Boettcher Foundation has awarded capital grant funding to 16 Colorado nonprofits, for a total of more than $1 million. Each of the nonprofits benefits the state by providing at-risk community members with safe gathering places, housing, emergency assistance and other social services. “These organizations work hard every day to provide critical services to Coloradans in need,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. “We are honored to help fund the facilities that will allow these nonprofits to continue improving our state.” This year’s Boettcher Foundation grant recipients in the category of social services are: All Points Transit (Montrose Sr. Citizens Transportation, Inc.)  – Montrose, $30,000 Toward construction of a transfer station Brent's Place  – Aurora, $90,000 Toward construction of an additional 21-units of temporary housing for immune compromised pediatric patients Colorado AIDS Project  – Denver, $100,000 Toward the purchase and renovation of a new facility which will serve as the headquarters, Denver service center and dental clinic Denver Center for Crime Victims  – Denver, $25,000 Toward the purchase and renovation of headquarters and programming facility Father Woody's Haven of Hope – Denver, $50,000 Toward expansion of headquarters and programming facility Haven House – Olathe, $40,000 Toward the purchase and renovation of the service center with 36 units of transitional housing Hope House – Arvada, $40,000 Toward construction of a new resource center Judi's House – Denver, $65,000 Toward the purchase and renovation of a second facility which will provide space for administration, research and training LiftUp of Routt County – Steamboat Springs, $50,000 Toward expansion of headquarters and programming facility Mi Casa Resource Center – Denver, $100,000 Toward the construction of a new headquarters and programming facility Outreach United Resource Center – Longmont, $75,000 Toward purchase and renovation of a new headquarters and programming facility Phoenix Multisport – Denver, $90,000 Toward expansion of headquarters and programming facility Providence Network – Denver, $50,000 Toward purchase and renovation of new facility to provide programming and transitional housing to homeless teens Sharing Ministries Food Bank – Montrose, $50,000 Toward the construction of a new facility Silver Key Senior Services – Colorado Springs, $100,000 Toward purchase and renovation of headquarters and programming facility which includes a commercial kitchen Westside Cares – Colorado Springs, $50,000 Toward purchase and renovation of headquarters and programming facility Download a PDF version of this news release here. 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. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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23 Sep Boettcher Teacher Residency joins forces with Stanley Teacher Prep

September 23, 2015 — Two of the nation’s most highly regarded teacher-preparation programs have agreed to combine, creating a statewide pipeline of highly effective teachers as well as a new state and national model for teacher preparation. PEBC, a nonprofit that cultivates highly effective K-12 educators to increase student growth and success, announced it has reached an agreement to unite the Boettcher Teacher Residency and Stanley Teacher Prep programs. Combined, it will be Colorado’s largest and most effective residency-based teacher- preparation program, with a track record of teacher retention that is double the national average. The residency will be known as the Boettcher Teacher Residency. Nationwide, about half of new teachers quit the profession within one to three years. This exacerbates a widespread teacher shortage that leaves Colorado school districts struggling to fill thousands of open positions each year, especially in high-poverty schools where teachers are needed most. Graduates of the combined residencies are retained in the teaching profession—specifically in high-needs schools—at an average rate of 93 percent after more than eight years. “PEBC recognizes that the single most important factor in students’ growth and success is the quality of the teachers in their classrooms,” said Rosann Ward, president. “The Boettcher Teacher Residency prepares new teachers to effectively lead their classrooms, and supports them in developing the same confidence and mastery they cultivate in their students.” The Boettcher Teacher Residency elevates the teaching profession by dramatically increasing the quality of training and support that new teachers receive. Aspiring teachers spend a full year in the classroom with a mentor teacher while they earn their teaching license. As they take over leadership of their own classrooms, these new teachers continue to be supported with significant professional development, one- on-one coaching and resources for an additional four years—a level of support that is unmatched in any similar teacher-training program in the state of Colorado or the nation. In addition to helping teachers succeed during their most challenging years in the classroom, the Boettcher Teacher Residency contributes to elevated student growth and success. Independent evaluations show that children taught by Boettcher teachers consistently outperform their peers. In addition, principals report that resident teachers positively impact their classrooms from day one. Tollgate Elementary (Aurora Public Schools) was an early supporter of residency-based teacher preparation. Today, 40 percent of Tollgate teachers are graduates of one of the residencies. “Tollgate Elementary has partnered with Stanley Teacher Prep and the Boettcher Teacher Residency because they attract the best and brightest aspiring educators, prepare them rigorously and continuously hone their craft through meaningful professional learning,” said Laurie Godwin, Tollgate principal. Together with the Stanley Teacher Prep program, the Boettcher Teacher Residency will expand and deepen its service to aspiring teachers by increasing the number of resident teachers it accepts from around 130 to more than 180 in the first two years alone. It will also support new teachers in every school type and location—in urban, suburban and rural districts as well as public, private and charter schools. The organizations will also invest a full two years in synthesizing their approaches, combining best practices, expert staff, funding and other resources that will create a collective impact beyond what the organizations could achieve separately. As part of the Boettcher Teacher Residency, aspiring teachers spend a full year in the classroom with a mentor teacher as they earn a Colorado teaching license and a stipend, and work toward a Master’s degree from Adams State University or University of Colorado Denver. Residents also benefit from significantly reduced costs to obtain a Master’s degree, a culturally and linguistically diverse endorsement on their teaching license and job-placement assistance. Fully 100 percent of residency graduates obtain a professional teaching position upon earning their license. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and a commitment to supporting student growth in high-needs schools are eligible to apply to the residency. The Boettcher Teacher Residency is generously funded by the Boettcher Foundation, which has invested $15 million in the program to date. In addition, PEBC has been awarded a Federal grant exceeding $2.9 million and Colorado Department of Education grants totaling $2.5 million to expand the Boettcher Teacher Residency to rural school districts throughout Colorado. PEBC is additionally supported by corporate partners who believe in the organization’s ability to provide a well-educated workforce that is prepared for the careers of the 21st century and beyond. Download a PDF copy of this press release here. About PEBC PEBC (Public Education & Business Coalition) is a Colorado-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works with teachers, school leaders and district superintendents throughout Colorado and nationwide to cultivate great teachers and advance education. PEBC provides professional development for practicing educators and operates the Boettcher Teacher Residency, which prepares individuals to have exceptional teaching careers through a hands-on master’s degree program. PEBC’s mission is to drive cutting-edge teaching practices, and inform and provoke the public to improve education for all. For more information, visit www.pebc.org. 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. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. ...
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14 Sep 18 nonprofits receive capital funding from Boettcher Foundation

September 14, 2015 — Eighteen Colorado nonprofits have been awarded capital funding from the Boettcher Foundation. The grants will help support community enrichment projects throughout the state. “These projects are incredibly diverse, but the one unifying theme shared by all of them is a goal of bringing people together and enriching the fabric of our communities,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. “We are pleased to support these organizations in their efforts to improve our communities right here at home.” This year’s grant recipients in the Boettcher Foundation’s community enrichment category are: Alpine Rescue Team – Evergreen, $25,000 Toward renovation and expansion of current headquarters facility to provide meeting space as well as display and storage of artifacts Betty Ford Alpine Gardens – Vail, $25,000 Toward construction of an educational and administrative center Central City Opera House Association – Central City, $35,000 Toward rehabilitation and restoration of the historic Teller House Crossan's M & A Market Community and Visitor Center – Yampa, $20,000 Toward renovations of historic building for use as community office space and a visitor center Curious Theatre Company – Denver, $25,000 Toward renovation and restoration of the theater building Downtown Denver Partnership – Denver, $25,000 Toward renovations to create The Commons on Champa Environmental Learning for Kids – Denver, $75,000 Toward construction of a new facility known as the ELK Education Center “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County – Boulder, $30,000 Toward purchase and renovation of new headquarters facility Jewish Community Center of Denver – Denver, $50,000 Toward renovation and expansion of the current facility Kiowa County – Eads, $30,000 Toward purchase and renovation of the Murdock Building to be utilized as a senior center and the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Archival Research and Visitor Center Montrose Recreation District – Montrose, $50,000 Toward construction of a new community recreation center Museum of Boulder – Boulder, $75,000 Toward purchase and renovation of historic building to serve as the museum's new home Pitkin County Library – Aspen, $25,000 Toward expansion and renovation of the current library facility Rocky Mountain Conservancy (for the benefit of Rocky Mountain National Park) – Estes Park, $35,000 Toward the purchase of privately-owned property and cottages located within the  Rocky Mountain National Park boundaries Southeast Mental Health Services –  La Junta, $50,000 Toward expansion and renovation of the existing facility to provide a community wellness center Su Teatro—Denver, $35,000 Toward renovation and expansion of the facility The Dairy Center for the Arts  – Boulder, $25,000 Toward renovation of the existing facility U.S. Olympic Museum – Colorado Springs, $100,000 Toward construction of the museum Download a PDF copy of this release here. 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. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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