The Giving Network

The Giving Network engages philanthropists in the Aspen, CO, region about pressing community issues and needs through collaborative learning. By pooling funds and resources, we make impactful grants to regional nonprofits who serve to catalyze change.

High-Impact Philanthropy

Welcome to the Giving Network!

We are a group of committed philanthropists in the Aspen region who are interested in making a difference by supporting the work of nonprofit organizations (501(c)(3)) serving our community from Aspen to Parachute, CO. 

Giving Network members meet several times a year to learn from experts and practitioners who are dedicated to finding solutions for the region’s most pressing issues and needs. Members listen, review data, discuss the challenges and seek to identify promising solutions through peer conversations and collaborative learning.

Founded in 2016 by the Aspen Community Foundation with the generous support of Laura and Gary Lauder, the Giving Network provides a unique opportunity for philanthropists to pool funds and allocate large grants that have meaningful impact (typically $320,000-$430,000 annually.)

Since our inception almost $2,000,000 in Giving Network investments have advanced youth outcomes in kindergarten readiness, youth social and emotional wellbeing, and post-high school success, among other areas of regional nonprofit support.

Join the Giving Network: Contact Ramona Bruland, the Giving Network Chair at or call Ramona at c.970-497-6775. Giving Network membership starts at $5,000 annually, with opportunities to give more.

To apply for a Giving Network Grant: The 2023/2024 application deadline is November 17. For 2024/2025, requests for proposals will be available on this page, starting January 3, 2024. Applications will be due February 14, 2024. We are looking for nonprofits that serve our region and can demonstrate a need for funding of a program or service that supports a pressing community issue or need. Specifically, the Giving Network is interested in investing in nonprofits working on EXPANSIONS, ENHANCEMENTS or NEW SERVICES that better community and support our region’s immediate needs.

2023 Giving Network Members

Pam Alexander
Kalah Espinoza and David Agger
Abby and Steve Anderson
Jill and Paul Aschkenasy
Tasia Bade
Seth and Cori Berger
Meredith Berman
Jody and Jeffrey Black
Elizabeth Bohart
Michael and Courtney Brown
Neal and Robin Buchalter
Diana Bulman
Lauren Rosen and David Chazen
John Cresap
Lynn Russell and Stoney Davis
Megan DiSabatino
Nick Lincoln and Tony DiLucia
Heather and Todd duBoef
Gail and Alfred Engelberg
Laurel Gilbert and Bruce Etkin
Jaimie and David Field
Andrew and Kristen Firman
Carla and George Frampton
Jonathan and Erin Frankel
Anna and Matt Freedman
Barbara and Karl Friedman
Dale Genet

Rachel and Ephraim Gildor
Barbara Gold
Ramona Bruland and Michael Goldberg
Andi and Jim Gordon
Lisie and Michael Gottdenker
Jane and Allen Grossman
Bobbi Hapgood
Amanda and Brett Hirsh
Laura and Mike Kaplan
Jeffrey and Robin Kaplan
Christine Karnes
Diana Duffey and Vince Lahey
Laura and Gary Lauder
Melony and Adam Lewis
Katherine Lorenz
Morgan Fixel and Duncan Mendelson
Jay Hughes and Jackie Merrill
Sissy and Brent Miller
Marcie and Robert Musser
Esther and Craig Navias
Wally and Helen Obermeyer
Laurie Crown and Rick Ortega
Bob Bridger and Julia Pirrung
Sarah Broughton and John Rowland
Stephen Sander
Rick and Zibby Schwartz
Katya and Zach Sternberg
Elisha and Jeffrey Zander
For more information about the Giving Network, please contact Ramona Bruland, Giving Network Chair.