The largest foundation in the state of Colorado and one of the largest health philanthropies in the nation, The Colorado Health Foundation has earned a stellar reputation within the state and beyond as an innovative thought partner, a flexible grantmaker and an intentional advocate “bringing health in reach for all Coloradans.”
The Foundation has a staff of 68 and assets of about $2.6 billion. Grants and community investments totaled $146 million in 2020.
The Foundation is deeply committed to “Bringing Health in Reach of All Coloradans.” Its Community Engagement IMPACT Practice Model summarizes a core set of guiding principles for working effectively at the local level.
Culturally, the Foundation is “fearless, nimble, mission-obsessed and equity-propelled.” A significant part of its effectiveness derives from its highly matrixed approach to philanthropy. The various internal departments have their own unique functions, of course—Accounting & Compliance, for example, or Learning & Evaluation—but the commitment to work in tandem, across functions and roles, is real, and interdisciplinary efforts both inside and outside the organization are the norm. Grantmaking and other types of investments are among the core tools—along with policy advocacy and strategic communications—that help drive impact for the mission.
The Foundation has an overarching commitment to diversity and inclusion, and almost everything it does, both within the Foundation and in the larger community, is viewed and evaluated through an equity lens. Today, nearly half of the Foundation’s staff are people of color, and 20% of its endowment is overseen by external investment managers of color.
The current search for VP, Community Investments & Impact is prompted by the promotion of the incumbent to Chief Impact Officer. The new VP will be tasked with an extraordinary responsibility: Ensure the Foundation’s Community Investment & Impact staff and resources are deployed to optimum effect to increase the health, health access and health equity for the people of Colorado.
How To Apply
BoardWalk Consulting is conducting the search in partnership with The Colorado Health Foundation. Full details are contained in the Leadership Profile.
Inquiries and suggestions should be directed to CHFVP@BoardWalkConsulting.com. Interested parties may also contact Patti Kish at (404) 713-4131 or Sam Pettway at (404) 313-0140.