Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Every month, Aspen Public Radio picks a non-profit in the Roaring Fork Valley that is focused on service and improving the community for all. Each week, you'll hear a different aspect of our Non-Profit in the Spotlight as they explain their mission, challenges, and successes.

Spring Board Aspen is looking to expand both their membership and outreach. They want the community to know that students pursuing college who are experiencing financial barriers as well as potential members can have access to them. Spring Board Aspen encourages those interested to be proactive and reach out to them. 

Spring Board Aspen teaches their members how to actually be on a board, be philanthropic and encourages future involvement with other non-profits. Board members frequently come together to decide on Aspen Spring Board's evolving and current mission. 

Spring Board Aspen Members not only learn how to be future philanthropic leaders, they also collaborate with schools in the valley to help alleviate the financial burden of high school students wanting to further their education. 

Spring Board Aspen members learn how to be future philanthropic leaders. Established in 1997 under the Aspen Community Foundation, there has been a great deal of reshaping and rebranding over the past 20 years. 

EcoFlight says that becoming a member of the environmental air force is being a part of an organization that is actually making a difference. EcoFlight offers a different, bird's eye view of the landscape.

EcoFlight president and founder, Bruce Gordon, explains why it's important for the people of the Roaring Fork Valley to understand the concept of an EcoFlight. 

Watching people's expressions as EcoFlight takes them up over majestic landscapes, especially of the American West, is what inspires them every day. The unique perspective from a small plane can give understanding to public lands. 

Bruce Gordon, the founder and president of EcoFlight, blends the love of the land with the love of flying to provide a birds-eye perspective on how the lands that surround us are changing. 

Hike for Hope's founders discuss the importance of muscular dystrophy awareness for our community members. The Sharp family will continue to keep moving forward, remain grateful, and do what they can to be part of curing genetic diseases. 

Ian Sharp, son of Carole and Bob Sharp of Aspen, has Becker muscular dystrophy. Ian's parents share some insight into what this entails, why it's important for our community to be aware of this disease and how Ian is able to thrive. 

Bob and Carole Sharp started this organization when they learned of their son's muscular dystrophy prognosis. A new, advance technology, Crispr- Cas9, has brought hope to those with genetic diseases. 

Carole and Bob Sharp are the founders of the Hike for Hope Foundation. Their son Ian has muscular dystrophy and the Sharps raise money to put toward research for curing muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases. 

Aspen Hall of Fame Board Member and Aspen native Lisa Hancock shares how she views the future of Aspen and the surrounding areas.   Founder and co-president Jeanette Darnauer and co-president David Gutherie discuss the future of the Aspen Hall of Fame. 

30 years ago, the Aspen Hall of Fame held its first introduction  banquet, Jeanette Darnauer founder and co-president of the Aspen Hall of Fame says if there's one event in town that's still able to connect the communities of Aspen and Snowmass, it's the banquet.

Lisa Hancock is a member of the Aspen Hall of Fame board, she is also the Vice President and curator at the Aspen Historical Society. She shares the importance of understanding our history and how the Aspen area has evolved into what it is today. 

Jeanette Darnauer is the founder and co-president of the Aspen Hall of Fame. She discusses the organization's origin from in the 1986 / 1987 ski season, and how the it has evolved into what it is today. 

Although Carbondale Arts has been around since 1974, they're not slowing down. The organization is developing some exciting projects. Executive Director Amy Kimberly and Board Chair Pam Rosenthal discuss the organization's upcoming plans.  

Amy Kimberly, executive director of Carbondale Arts, and Regna Jones, member of the Carbondale Arts' Board of Directors, discuss the organization's events and programs. 

In June 2016, Carbondale became a designated Colorado Creative District, a big deal for the town of Carbondale and a huge accomplishment for Amy Kimberly, the Executive Director of Carbondale Arts. Kimberly and Corey Simpson, the Executive Artistic Director for Thunder River Theatre Company and member of the Carbondale Creative District Governing Council, discuss the importance of the designation and the long-term vision for Carbondale and its creative professionals, organizations, and businesses.  

Carbondale Arts Executive Director Amy Kimberly discusses the deep-rooted history of Carbondale Arts and how it has evolved from Carbondale's Mountain Fair into the multifaceted organization it is today. Board Chair Pam Rosenthal also contributes. 

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