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Nonprofit Leadership Gathering Eagle Valley

Fostering conversations and enhancing community engagement and collaborations.

Nonprofit Community Leadership Gathering 

In September 2015, Our Community Foundation was invited to partner with Advisory Board member Beth Slifer to sponsor an annual gathering of Eagle County non-profit leaders. Our commitment to this important work has been strengthened over the years and our annual gathering now includes over 100 community leaders. Together we are facilitating awareness and collaboration across organizations and people so that our combined passions, power, work and expertise can transform our community.

It is truly a pleasure to be among this extraordinary nonprofit leadership community dedicated to enhancing the lives of our local residents on so many different levels. Together, we are a positive force for humankind — helping to build conversation, connection and collaboration for the betterment of all.”   — Melina Valsecia, Eagle Valley Community Foundation Executive Director


We will listen, learn, and collaborate to activate community power, create space for community voice, and give the communities we serve an opportunity to create and implement ideas.

To be added to the list or to update your organization’s primary contact, please contact Grace Anshutz, Director of Development and Marketing, at

  • “The Nonprofit Leadership semi-annual event has become a fun opportunity to network, make new friends and share best practices. I look forward to the collaborations that often result spontaneously!” — Beth Slifer

  • “Great event up at the Harvest. It was incredible to be in the same area with so many wonderful community folks who run our nonprofits. A real honor! Many thanks for all you do!” – Patricia Hammon, RN, Veteran Service Officer, Eagle County, CO

  • “Thank you to EVCF and Beth Slifer for the wonderful evening at Harvest.  It’s always great to touch base with other nonprofits at the Leadership Gathering.” —Marian McDonough, Catholic Charities, Western Slope

  • 58%

    of rural nonprofits have no board members who are people of color. Although rural America is less diverse than the nation as a whole, two-thirds of rural counties consisted of at least 10 percent people of color, one-third were over a quarter people of color, and 10 percent were majority people of color in 2020.

  • 1 out of every 10 employees

    With 1 out of every 10 employees working for a nonprofit, a large portion of our nation’s workforce is feeling overworked, under-resourced, and disengaged. Leaders in particular (60 percent of nonprofit leaders) reported feeling “used up” at the end of the workday, according to DDI World’s Global Leadership Forecast for 2021.

  • 65%

    There are over 65 nonprofit organization in the Vail Valley — we are better together!


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  • $1 = $9

    For each dollar you have given, we have been able to leverage an additional $9 in resources and financial support for our community.


    See all the ways we’re making an impact 

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From our Partners at @mountainfamilyco Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC):

MFHC seeks a Registered Nurse for their Avon Integrated Health Center in Chapel Square. The clinic’s mission is to improve the health of our community by providing equitable and affordable medical, behavioral, and dental healthcare for all.
To apply or learn more, please visit:
⛷🏂 Ready, set, shred! Join us for the ultimate snowy showdown on Vail Mountain!

🌱 Eagle Valley Community Foundation is thrilled that our program The Community Market has been selected as the proud beneficiaries of the Charitable Foundation of Slifer Smith & Frampton - Vail 4th Annual Skivenger Hunt Fundraiser!

⁉️WILL YOU JOIN US for a day of mountain magnificence for a good cause

📍 Where: Vail Mountain

📅 When: Saturday, April 6th

🔎 What: An epic on-mountain scavenger hunt with awesome prizes and even better vibes – all benefiting The Community Market's fight against food insecurity in our mountain community! 

✅ SECURE YOUR SPOT: Join in on this thrilling adventure for a cause! Register today to lock in your spot on the mountain:

🎿 Let's ski, laugh, and make a monumental impact together! It's time to show our mountain community the force of unity for a greater cause. 

🌟 #SkivengerHunt #CommunityMarket #MakingADifference #VailMountain
🏂¡Preparados, listos, triturados! ¡Únete a nosotros para el mejor enfrentamiento nevado en Vail Mountain!
🌱 La Fundación Comunitaria de Eagle Valley está encantada de que nuestro programa El Mercado Comunitario haya sido seleccionado como los orgullosos beneficiarios de la Fundación Caritativa de Slifer Smith & Frampton - Vail 4 to Anual Skivenger Hunt Fundraiser!
⁉️TE UNIRÁS A NOSOTROS para un día de magnificencia en la montaña por una buena causa
📍 DÓNDE: Vail Mountain
📅  CUÁNDO: Marquen sus calendarios para el sábado 6 de abril, ¡será un día inolvidable en las pistas!
🔎 LOS DETALLES: Correa para una caza de carroñeros en la montaña que bombea adrenalina! Traje, montar su equipo, y golpear las pistas para acumular puntos y perseguir premios sensacionales. Y aquí está la mejor parte: ¡Cada registro alimenta directamente la misión del mercado comunitario de combatir la inseguridad alimentaria en nuestra comunidad de montaña!
✅ ASEGURA TU LUGAR: ¡No pierdas la oportunidad de ser parte de esta emocionante aventura por una causa! Regístrese hoy para encerrarse en su lugar en la montaña:
🍽🍎The Community Market Dine Around- Call for Restaurant Partners

‼️The Vail Valley isn't an easy place to live, over 8,700 of our neighbors struggle with food insecurity, unsure where their next meal will come from. Service wages combined with high cost of housing creates a situation that challenges local community members and their employers, like you. We are working hard to build local support and understanding of our work in the business community, knowing that we all have to work together to make our ski town economy work.

✴️ Let's rally together and showcase the heart and soul of Eagle County through our upcoming Restaurant Week! As the mountains close down in April, we want to encourage our locals and visitors to support local businesses and local needs by dining out between April 9-14. 

🍲We extend a warm invitation to the culinary maestros of our community, to be a vital part of this extraordinary event. Picture it: your delectable dishes taking center stage, captivating taste buds and hearts alike. But there's more – by joining us, you're not just offering a feast for the senses; you're becoming a hunger-fighting hero!

For more information, please contact Eagle Valley Community Foundation's Director of Development and Marketing, Grace Anshutz at
EVCF's "Day in the Life Community Tour" provide the chance for you to learn more about the needs within our community, see the Eagle Valley Community Foundation programs in action and learn more from our customers and neighbors. This experience is an insightful educational opportunity for participants to not only engage with EVCF programs, but to also learn more about other volunteer opportunities and the broader needs throughout Eagle County. 

To learn more, contact Grace Anshutz at
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