The Summit Foundation strives to inspire donors, build partnerships and mobilize resources to support community organizations in Summit County (and the surrounding communities) that foster health & human service, education, art & culture, sports & recreation and environmental stewardship.


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Details on applying for Executive Director Position

Passion, innovation, integrity, compassion, inspiration, community.  We pride ourselves as the ‘Soul of the Summit’ and are searching for an Executive Director who is like-minded and looking to lead our organization in its continued growth.

Based in Summit County, Colorado, The Summit Foundation strives to inspire donors, build partnerships and mobilize resources to support community organizations in Summit County (and the surrounding Communities) and create a positive impact through the following priorities:  Healthy & Safe Communities, Bright Futures for Children and Youth, Community Engagement & Enrichment, Environmental Stewardship, and a Vital & Thriving Adult Community.

The Foundation distributes over $2.4 million in grants and scholarships annually while growing its endowment fund, which is currently over $6 million.

Job Description
The role of the Executive Director is to manage the day-to-day and strategic operations of The Foundation as established by the Board of Trustees. Specific areas of responsibility follow:

Donor Services and Relations – Develop ongoing relationships with current and prospective donors that motivate and recognize their support.

Fund-raising - Cultivate existing and new fund-raising streams to support The Foundation’s initiatives.

Philanthropic Leadership – Build and facilitate philanthropic capacity in the local area by maintaining collaborative relations with other community organizations. Provide advocacy and leadership to local nonprofit organizations.

Grant-making Programs and Services – Administer The Foundation’s grant and scholarship policies and procedures. Maintain an awareness of the changing needs and opportunities within the community and make recommendations.

Board and Committee Relations – Work with the Board to ensure the orderly running of meetings and to develop The Foundation’s strategic vision, goal, and strategies.

Management and Administration – Recruit and lead an effective staff. Ensure clear expectations are set and that performance is regularly evaluated. Maintain a working knowledge of the laws and regulations associated with community foundations. Work with legal counsel, accountants, financial managers, and other professionals to enhance the operations of The Foundation and to protect it from adverse actions.

Marketing, Public Relations and Communications – Increase awareness of The Foundation by maintaining relationships with local media, seeking opportunities to speak about The Foundation, and promoting the role of The Foundation in the community. Oversee development of materials for publication.

Budget, Spending, and Investment Oversight – Together with the Board, develop annual operating, capital and endowment fund budgets. Administer fiscal policies and procedures as approved by the Board.

Special Events – Together with staff, attend and ensure the professional execution of all Foundation events.

Other Duties As Assigned

Professional Qualifications
Transparent and high integrity leadership
An inspirational leader able to drive change and motivate others to excel
Solid track record of senior management experience
Hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting
Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation
Ability to execute and convey The Summit Foundation’s vision and strategic future
Proven track record of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector
Skills to collaborate with and motivate staff, trustees and volunteers
Strong written and oral communication skills
Work non-traditional hours as needed
Proven innovation and creativity
Valid driver’s license required

Application Procedure
Download the following TSF application for employment.
Submit completed application, cover letter, and resume via email to: [email protected].

Application Deadline
November 3, 2014

The Summit Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.  All applications will be handled as confidentially as possible.  Final candidates will be subject to a background/credit check.  For further questions regarding the position, please email the above address.

Print a pdf copy of the Executive Director Job description.

Nominations Available for 2014 Philanthropy Awards

The Summit Foundation will recognize community members, businesses and organizations for their dedication to our community at a ceremony on Friday November 21, 2014.  The reception will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Keystone Conference Center. This wonderful evening is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and Climax Molybdenum.

The Summit Foundation seeks nominations for these awards in ten categories.  This is your opportunity to recognize and thank those who have demonstrated outstanding support and community involvement.  2014 Philanthropy Nominations are due by noon on Friday October 10 at The Summit Foundation’s office, 111A Lincoln Avenue Breckenridge.

2014 Philanthropy Awards Application

Form and Guidelines for the 2014 Community Collaboration Award Nomination


Fall 2014 nonprofit grant application deadline is October 3

The Fall 2014 grant application is now available through this page on The Summit Foundation’s website.  Applications may be submitted through either the online format or a downloadable and printable document.  Nonprofit representatives may also stop by The Summit Foundation office in Breckenridge for an application.  Any organization planning on submitting a grant request to The Summit Foundation must use a current application form.

Nonprofit grant applications are due to The Summit Foundation by noon on Friday October 3.  Award decisions and notifications to the nonprofit representatives will be made by mid-December.

Requests are accepted from nonprofit organizations that are tax exempt under the provisions of Section 501(c)3 and 170 (b)(1)(a)(i.V.I) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Applicants must be providing services in Summit, Lake, Park or Grand Counties.

Prior to submitting a grant request, first time applicants are asked to contact The Summit Foundation’s Executive Director, Lee Zimmerman, at 970-453-5970 to discuss the organization and intended proposal.



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