At the Boettcher Foundation,
WE LEAD transformational impact.
WE BELIEVE in the promise of Colorado and potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our high-potential people and organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come.
WE LEVERAGE the power of collaboration and connection as we strive to help transform communities by investing in courageous leadership and community building.
In 2020, we embarked on a year-long journey to understand Colorado’s community leadership assets, needs, and opportunities. We asked 170 individuals across five regions: how can we build a connected, inclusive, and accessible leadership ecosystem that serves all 64 counties in Colorado?
Stakeholders, who represented 140 organizations, agreed that four core areas could strengthen the ecosystem – eliminate barriers to access leadership opportunities; diversify participants of leadership programs; strengthen the connection and cohesion among individuals, organizations, and communities; and emphasize leadership development.
These conversations and insights are detailed in the Foundation’s white paper, released in January of 2021.
In addition to those challenges and opportunities, two powerful themes emerged:
From the stakeholder engagement process, it became clear there is a need to focus on developing opportunities in specific geographic areas and places in the pipeline, and an aspiration to build lasting connections between leaders.
Because the opportunities to cultivate the leadership ecosystem are both individual and systemic, the Boettcher Foundation is uniquely positioned to champion this work.
We are launching the COLead Initiative, our strategic approach to further investing in the potential of Coloradans through strategies involving programming, investments, and communications. The goal of the COLead Initiative is to further develop leaders, connect people and organizations, and weave communities together.
Derived from the idea of working together as a group of actors who jointly take lead roles, COLead will showcase, inspire, celebrate, and connect the leaders across Colorado who make a difference in their communities.
The initiative will launch in 2021 with four components: