The Foundation 2018-06-27T11:53:45+00:00

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.

It is the nature of a strong community to strive together, upward.

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 history

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
Anonymous
Christine and John Bakalar
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
Amy and Kevin Gould
Carla Guarascio
Cynthia and Dan Helle
Lynn and Don Janklow
Mitch Karlin

Eric and Lori Lorenz
Alison Mass and Sal Bommarito
Maria, John and Nico McEvoy
Jeanne and Harry McQueeney
Elizabeth and Steve Miller
Michele Mittelman and Family
Carly and Jeremy Rietmann
June and Paul Rossetti
Sue and Mike Rushmore
Page and Michael Slevin
Beth and Rod Slifer
Madeline and Les Stern
Deb and Larry 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

Ron Davis
Seth Ehrlich
Dan Godec
Bill Jensen
Chris Lindley
Chris Moffet
Eric Pottorff
Kathryn Regjo
Chris Romer
Mike Rushmore
Les Stern

Advisors

Betsy Fink
Jesse Fink
Paul Rossetti
Dick Rothkopf
Sue Rushmore
Beth Slifer
Larry Sullivan
Robin Thompson

“For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other.”

Millard Fuller

Our Staff

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.

AmeriCorps VISTA

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 look forward to expanding the reach of our VISTAs.

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.

Meet our VISTAs

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

If you’re interested in making more possible in the Eagle River Valley contact us!
Susie Davis, Director of Community Impact
Email | 970-977-1093