Boettcher Foundation in the News

People on the Move Denver Business Journal Curtis Esquibel leads the Boettcher Foundation's strategic communications, ensuring that the Foundation is effectively and consistently engaging with its diverse stakeholders. He oversees communications strategy, brand enhancement, and external and internal communications. He also is helping to deepen the transformational impact of Boettcher's philanthropic initiatives across Colorado.  ...

By Derek Maiolo Steamboat Pilot   STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The successful renovation of a once-derelict building in Yampa, about 30 miles south of Steamboat Springs, received the state’s most prestigious award for historic preservation projects during an award ceremony in Denver on Friday, Jan. 31. Saving Crossan’s M&A Market, one of the oldest mercantile buildings in Colorado, took 12 years and cost about $1.2 million, according to officials involved in the project. State Sen. Bob Rankin and Rep. Dylan Roberts presented the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation to three groups involved in the project, including Friends of Crossan’s Market, Historic Routt County, and the town of Yampa.       ...

By the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Colorado State University (CSU) junior Carmyn Ginnetti was named Colorado Leadership Alliance’s (CLA) 2020 Student Leader of the Year at the CLA Summit on Saturday, Jan. 25. The annual award is given by the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and the Boettcher Foundation. Get to know Student Leader of the Year Carmyn Ginnetti: Majoring in psychology and communications studies with a minor in leadership studies. Ginnetti has helped students navigate life at CSU Fort Collins as a resident assistant, learning assistant and public achievement coach. She plans to pursue that passion for working with students through a career focused on student affairs in higher education.     ...

By Seth Bodine Denver Business Journal As the head of a philanthropic organization with a $300 million endowment, Katie Kramer believes successful philanthropy is about investing in people and creating partnerships to support the community. The Boettcher Foundation president and CEO works toward the Foundation’s stated goal of “investing in the promise and potential of Colorado and people." Each year, the Boettcher Foundation gives $15 million toward projects and higher education scholarships meant to bolster the community. It also invests in biomedical research and teacher residencies.     ...

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 Joanne Davidson  The Denver Post Tim Schultz was no stranger to public service when, in 1995, he became president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. The Grand Junction native had served as a Rio Blanco County commissioner before going on to become the state’s commissioner of agriculture, director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, and the first chairman of the Colorado Economic Development Commission. A proud Coloradan through and through, Schultz also worked as a baker, a banker, and a rancher on the Western Slope.    ...

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.    ...