Cradle to Career Giving Network

High-Impact Philanthropy
With the support and encouragement of Laura and Gary Lauder, Aspen Community Foundation created the Cradle to Career Giving Network to make a difference in the lives of children and families in the Aspen to Parachute region. The Network is comprised of a group of philanthropists who, by investing in the strategy of Collective Impact, are helping to positively impact youth development and the future of our region.

Giving Network Benefits: learn from experts and practitioners working to improve youth outcomes; review regional data on issues and challenges facing the region; participate in a series of meetings with peers to discuss promising solutions; decide how to allocate the pool of funds (typically $200,000-$300,000; engage with nonprofit organizations.

Join the Giving Network: To join, contact stephanie@aspencommunityfoundation.org or 970.925.9300Giving Network members contribute at least $5,000 annually, and contributions are matched by the Lauders.
2021 Giving Network Members
Jody and Jeff Black 
Laurel and John Catto
Lynn Russell and Stoney Davis
Gail and Al Engelberg
Laurel Gilbert and Bruce Etkin
Jaimie and David Field
Anna and Matt Freedman
Barbara Gold
Ramona Bruland and Michael Goldberg
Andi and Jim Gordon
Jane and Allen Grossman
Laura and Gary Lauder
Melony and Adam Lewis
Marcie Musser
Esther and Craig Navias
Laurie Crown and Rick Ortega
Barbara and Don Rosenberg
Corrine and Lenny Sands
Elisha and Jeff Zander
 

2020 Investments

2020 Completed Projects
Increased Quality Licensed Family Childcare
Licensed family childcare programs serve 24% of the children in care in western Garfield County which is much higher than any other part of the region. Ensuring high-quality standards in these programs will have a direct impact on the kindergarten readiness of children in the Garfield Re2 and Garfield 16 school districts.

Quality of Family, Friends and Neighbor Care
For families with limited income, unlicensed childcare may be the only type of care accessible to their families. Families choose this type of care for its flexibility, small group sizes, and lower cost. Increasing the quality of these care environments can support vulnerable children in building the skills and knowledge necessary for kindergarten.

Operating Support for Youth-Serving Organizations
Five different non-profit organizations received funding to continue supporting vulnerable populations by building relationships with children to support social-emotional wellbeing, a goal of Cradle to Career. In this extraordinary year, these organizations also delivered supplies, provided economic assistance, and served as a support system for youth in our region.
2020 Aspen to Parachute's Complete Count
Because the 2020 Census was underfunded, the Aspen to Parachute Complete Count Committee designed strategies that addressed the lack of federal support and targeted the specific hard to count populations specific to our region.

Nonprofit Advocacy
The original plan was for ACF to provide advocacy training for nonprofits for the election season. Instead, through conversations with the Giving Network chair, the funding was used to purchase county voter lists, postcards, and postage to encourage civic engagement in our community by voting.

Nonprofit Leadership Development 
The 3-day Nonprofit Management Institute hosted by the Stanford Social Innovation Review was held virtually this year. Global nonprofit leaders, researchers, philanthropists and national elected officials provided case studies and challenged traditional nonprofit thinking. 10 local organizations were able to participate virtually with their teams.
2021 Continuing Projects
Arts Programming in Parachute
The March 2020 start of the program was delayed due to COVID. They plan to begin programming in 2021 that will provide extra-curricular activities in drama and music to support children’s social-emotional wellbeing.

Quality of Family, Friends and Neighbor Care
For families with limited income, unlicensed childcare may be the only type of care accessible to their families. Families choose this type of care for its flexibility, small group sizes, and lower cost. Increasing the quality of these care environments can support vulnerable children in building the skills and knowledge necessary for kindergarten.

Support the Parachute Family Resource Center
Garfield County School District 16 is in the most under-resourced community in our region and the School-Based Family Resource Center is the go-to resource for food, economic assistance, mental health support and other critical services for families and children. Funding went towards providing children and families with economic assistance, a fully stocked laundry room, and ongoing virtual mental health supports.

Expanding Career Academies 
Youthentity adapted well to meet the needs of students during the pandemic and is committed to supporting students in 2021. In addition, Youthentity is pursuing the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCERR) accreditation so students will earn a national certification through the Construction Academy.

Designing a Career Pathway System
Due to COVID, this project has not yet launched since partners were required to the immediate needs of their constituents. ACF and these partners plan to revisit this project in 2021.



For more information about the Giving Network, please contact Stephanie Gianneschi, Philanthropy Director.