Boettcher Foundation in the News

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 nation's 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." ...

By Yesenia Robles The Denver Post Two of Colorado's longtime teacher residency programs are joining forces to expand their reach and prepare at least 50 more teachers each year to help fill a declining workforce. The Boettcher Teacher Residency, which has been around for 12 years, and the 24-year-old Stanley Teacher Prep program are making the announcement Wednesday. The joint residency program will take on the name of the Boettcher Teacher Residency and will continue to provide a year of in-classroom training for aspiring teachers while they work toward a degree. Preparing 180 new teachers every year, with possible expansion later, will make it Colorado's largest teacher residency program. ...

By Monica Mendoza Denver Business Journal In the world of philanthropy, there is a lot of interest these days in establishing new programs and moving in new directions. Grady Durham would know. He owns a Denver-based asset management consulting firm and his expertise is in endowments and foundations. But there is something to be said for sticking with the tried and true, he said. It’s why he and his wife, Lori Durham, are giving to the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship, a program that was developed in 1952 to offer 40 Colorado students a year full-ride scholarships to any Colorado college or university of their choice. ...