Our Community Foundation
Our Community Foundation (OCF) is a traditional community foundation serving the most vulnerable families living and working in the Eagle River Valley. On behalf of all our stakeholders, thank you for your support.
Our Community Foundation focuses on reducing hunger, increasing access to early childhood education, supporting mental health, and increasing collaboration in the nonprofit community.
These services exist with the generous support of donors to Our Community Foundation.
Our Founding Families
Many local families have taken the first step in supporting the creation of a traditional community foundation to serve the Eagle River Valley. This “Family of Founders” consider themselves catalyst investors and entrepreneurs. OCF’s belief in a hopeful and optimistic community that values and embraces innovative, creative and inclusive leadership, collaboration, open communication, and resourceful stewardship of assets, resonates with our founders. It is our hope that this generous support will expand to include thousands of annual supporters, each investing in line with their capacity and passion for addressing important local issues.
Elana Amsterdam and Rob Katz
Christine and John Bakalar
Kim and David Bernstein
Lindsey and Onie Bolduc
Doe Browning and Family
Lucy and Ron Davis
Seth and Jenn Ehrlich
Sherry and Ken Fardie
Betsy and Jesse Fink
Beverly and Phil Freedman
Cynthia and Dan Helle
Lynn and Don Janklow
Maria, John and Nico McEvoy
Jeanne and Harry McQueeney
Elizabeth and Steve Miller
Michele Mittelman and Family
Dale and Jeanne Mosier
Carly and Jeremy Rietmann
June and Paul Rossetti
Sue and Mike Rushmore
Page and Michael Slevin
Beth and Rod Slifer
Madeline and Les Stern
Julie and Hugh Sullivan
Gary and Dacia Woodworth
The people governing and advising the OCF staff are continuously in line with the scope of our work in the community. The current board and advisors to the organization include the following:
Board of Directors
Susie Davis, Director of Community Impact
With more than twenty years experience in organizational leadership, Susie Davis uncovers creative approaches to problem solving and has a talent for bringing people together toward a common goal. During her 15-year tenure with The Youth Foundation, a local youth development organization, Susie led an exceptional staff through substantial growth, building an environment of trust, caring and infectious commitment. Susie is at ease with new ideas, offering vision and passion, balanced with strategy, risk taking and performance measures. She brings dedication, inspiration, and a genuine commitment to strengthen the ties that connect all of us together in this beautiful mountain community.
Brian Raper, Program and Operations Manager for the Eagle River Valley Food Bank
Over the last 24 years Brian’s career in professional management and customer service has primarily focused on outdoor recreation. He most recently directed a large public lands internship program in collaboration with Southern Utah University and federal, state, and local public land management entities. Brian has traveled all over the U.S. and abroad – yet exploring U.S. public lands, National Parks, Monuments, and designated Wilderness areas are his favorite destinations.
As the Program and Operations Manager, Brian is establishing effective and efficient sustainable business practices for the Gypsum warehouse and the mobile food pantry that will begin operations this spring. Twenty years of leadership and management has taught Brian to effectively analyze risk, adapt to rapidly changing conditions, and make well thought out decisions based on the analysis of information and data. Establishing partnerships and professional relationships tops Brian’s list of priorities in leading a successful healthy food project. Effectively solving hunger in our rural resort community takes more than Brian. We need a community of champions addressing hunger to make a positive difference.
Several local non-profits are fighting poverty but are under-resourced. With funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, OCF established a scalable AmeriCorps VISTA program in Eagle County.
OCF’s AmeriCorps VISTA program places emerging professionals within local non-profits to assist in capacity building measures.
In 2017, OCF managed seven VISTA staff as they increased access to healthy meals, built capacity for the local food pantry, developed structures for improved mental health, optimized scholarship programs and reduced the impact of environmental privilege in our valley.
In 2018, we welcomed five new AmeriCorps VISTAs to the valley. Our current AmeriCorps VISTA members are hard at work serving within OCF, the Eagle River Valley Food Bank, the Vail Valley Salvation Army and the Eagle River Watershed Council.
The AmeriCorps VISTA program is managed by OCF and funded by a combination of discretionary and dedicated donations, a federal grant, and cost-sharing agreements with participating non-profit organizations.