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Peaks Society workshop scheduled for July 31

Tools for Effective Philanthropy for Families and Individuals
Featuring Philanthropic Strategist Bruce DeBoskey, J.D.

On the morning of Thursday July 31, 2014 nationally recognized, Colorado-based philanthropy expert Bruce DeBoskey will lead a workshop to help you achieve more effective, meaningful, and joyful family and personal philanthropy.  Incorporating tools and lessons from 21/64, Lynne Twist’s “The Soul of Money”, Tracey Gary’s “Inspired Philanthropy”, Bolder Giving and The DeBoskey Group’s extensive experience working with individuals and families, Bruce will help you answer the following questions:

  • What causes and issues am I most passionate about?
  • What values inspire me to be philanthropic?
  • What is the difference between being a donor and a philanthropist?
  • How can I get my family more involved in philanthropy?
  • How do different generations view their role in the world?
  • How can I pass more than money to my heirs?
  • How do I find the best nonprofit partners with whom to work?
  • How much should I give to charity?
  • And much, much more!

As the workshop will be interactive, donors are encouraged to bring their spouse and family members to work through these questions together.  Donors in attendance will be provided Motivational Values Cards from 21/64.

Hosted by The Peaks Society of The Summit Foundation, the workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday July 31 at Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center in Breckenridge.  To RSVP, or to learn more, contact Kasey Geoghegan at 970.453.5970 or [email protected]

Bruce DeBoskey, J.D., is a Philanthropic Strategist with The DeBoskey Group, a consulting practice he founded to help individuals and families, businesses and foundations design and implement thoughtful philanthropic strategies and actionable plans.  Bruce is the author of a regular monthly column “On Philanthropy” which appears in the Business Section of the Sunday Denver Post and is distributed digitally to millions of readers worldwide. 

Bruce served for nearly nine years as the Anti-Defamation League’s Mountain States Regional Director, and before that, as a Colorado trial lawyer for 25 years.   He holds a B.A. from Indiana University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.  He is married and the father of four boys, ages 26 to 5.

“It is rare to find someone who combines a deep technical understanding of the field of philanthropy with personal experience, passion, and soaring inspiration – but that is exactly who Bruce DeBoskey is and what he does when he delivers a keynote address. Whether he is talking to a room of seasoned professionals, sophisticated donors or those coming to explore the ever-evolving world of philanthropy, Bruce leaves his audience informed, motivated and ready to do even more to make an impact. It is always a professional and personal privilege to be in his company.”

Christine Benero
President and CEO
Mile High United Way


Mission Spark assisting with Impact and Outcome Measurement Initiative

In an effort to build the most effective grant-making process, The Summit Foundation has begun discussions about measuring the impact of our grant-making.  The key questions the Board and staff are asking are:

  • Can we develop measurements that identify what impact our grants are having in the community?
  • Can we provide an easy to use measurement tool that will allow both The Foundation and funded nonprofits to evaluate their impact in the community?
  • Are we “moving the needle” in making Summit County and our neighboring communities a better place?
  • What can The Foundation do to have a greater impact?

After reviewing proposals from six consultants, The Summit Foundation selected Mission Spark to assist with this initiative.  Mission Spark is working with The Foundation to develop recommendations for outcome measurement indicators and a structure/process for implementing outcome measurements in the grant-making process of The Summit Foundation.

The initial work on the initiative has included research into best practices in outcome measurements and return on investment indicators used by other grant-making organizations.   An important part of the initiative will be the engagement and input from stakeholders by conducting at least six focus groups by funding category with grantees, donors, and community members, as well as The Foundation’s Board and staff to define possible measurable outcomes and develop goal statements for each funding category.  Information gleaned from these focus groups will help to determine collective outcomes and common indicators by funding category.

Mission Spark expects to complete a report and make recommendations for The Summit Foundation Board to review by June 2014.



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