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 or 970.925.9300Giving Network members contribute at least $5,000 annually, and contributions are matched by the Lauders.
2021 Giving Network Members
Pam Alexander
Jody & Jeff Black
John Cresap
Lynn Russell & Stoney Davis
Gail & Alfred Engelberg
Laurel Gilbert & Bruce Etkin
Jaimie & David Field
Anna & Matt Freedman
Barbara Gold
Ramona Bruland & Michael Goldberg

Andrea & Jim Gordon
Jane & Allen Grossman
Bobbi Hapgood
Laura & Gary Lauder
Melony & Adam Lewis
Marcie & Robert Musser
Esther & Craig Navias
Laurie Crown & Rick Ortega
Barbara & Don Rosenberg
Corrine & Lenny Sands
Elisha & Jeffrey Zander
Cradle to Career Giving Network
April 2021 Update

Cradle to Career Giving network members contributed $157,350 coupled with the match of $150,000 from Laura and Gary Lauder and $30,000 unspent in 2020; the Giving Network allocated $337,350 in 2021.

The Cradle to Career Giving Network strives to support families and children in the Aspen to Parachute region. In December and January, the Network met virtually and learned about and explored the significant impact Family Resource Centers have on academic achievement and overall family health with a variety of critical services and resources. Below are the allocations and rationales.

Garfield 16 School Based Family Resource Center (Parachute)
$100,000 grant for general operating support in 2021 with a commitment to provide $80,000 in 2022 and $64,000 in 2023 (20% decrease each year). Funding beyond 2021 is contingent upon available funds. The Network believes this commitment is important to this organization as it is new and is securing other grants over time. This is the community with the most needs in our region.

Garfield County Re2 School District (Rifle, Silt, New Castle)
Garfield Re2 is trying to launch a family resource center. It was not selected for a recent state-wide grant (RISE) that would have allowed them to launch a fully-fledged program. Instead, the district would like to move ahead with a scaled-down model. $90,000 now will allow the district to hire a Family Resource Center Coordinator who will get things started. The district has some monies it can reallocate and will work to leverage other funding.

Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork School District (Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt)
$67,350 for general operating support in 2021

Aspen Family Connections (Aspen, Snowmass Village, Woody Creek)
$60,000 for general operating support in 2021

Early Childhood Network
$20,000 for the Family, Friends, Neighbor program in 2021 (year 3 of 3)
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.
For more information about the Giving Network, please contact Stephanie Gianneschi, Philanthropy Director.