Archives of ACF in Action

Human-Centered Design: putting people first in solving problems

Imagine we’re designing a program to solve or alleviate a complex social problem. We might approach it with preconceived ideas or ready-made solutions about what we think should work. What if instead we engaged the intended beneficiaries, listened to their experiences, allowed them to “test” the program, and then continued tweaking, improving, streamlining based on […]
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Donors support student experiential learning trips

Established and supported by donors, ACF administers funds that send students from the Roaring Fork Valley on experiential learning trips to Europe and Africa. In all, 19 area high school students will participate this year.
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ACF awards $233,500 in scholarships to local students

Aspen Community Foundation is pleased to announce that 45 high school graduates and 55 continuing college students from Aspen to Parachute have received a total of $233,500 in scholarships this year. Students represent all nine public high schools in the region and are attending 17 colleges and universities throughout the state and nation.
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2018 Annual Report Released

The Board and staff of Aspen Community Foundation are pleased to present our 2018 Annual Report, which highlights the work that has been accomplished with your support.   By building philanthropy, through our support of nonprofit organizations, and in our leadership of the Aspen to Parachute Cradle to Career Initiative, we are making a difference […]
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Cradle to Career data spurs new thinking

Since the creation of the Action Plan for Youth Success in 2014, Cradle to Career has focused on addressing quality, access, capacity, best practices and program design, all intended to impact the initiative’s goals and indicators. Analysis of community indicators show that some have increased, some have not changed, and some have decreased. This has […]
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Giving Network: Raising the bar on generosity

Carefully researched giving is exactly what happens in the Aspen Community Foundation’s Cradle to Career Giving Network, which has become an integral part of our effort to build a region of thriving and successful children and families. Over the last three years, ACF has created a group of 20-plus philanthropists who donate a minimum of […]
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