About PPCF


Why a community foundation?

Community foundations are tax-exempt public charities that help guide people’s philanthropy and are dedicated to improving the quality of life in the areas they serve. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations work with community foundations to create charitable funds that help meet the challenges of changing times. The foundation invests and administers these funds.

For donors, community foundations offer a range of charitable giving options that provide tax benefits and strategic advice about philanthropy. For the geographic region they serve, community foundations provide leadership, expertise and capital to address social issues and serve as a resource for nonprofit, civic, government and philanthropic organizations.

What we do

Investing for good, now and forever.

We build

We create and build permanent endowment and charitable funds for individuals, families and businesses that can benefit our community now and in the future.

We connect

We make charitable giving more meaningful and efficient by connecting donors to causes that matter to them. We possess unique expertise on nonprofits and their effectiveness.

We simplify

We provide a simple, flexible and inexpensive alternative to setting up a private foundation.

We save

We provide maximum tax advantages for charitable giving. In addition, we can accept a wide range of assets.

We preserve

We honor the intention and legacy of donors who create funds within the Community Foundation.

We protect

We steward gifts through prudent investment practices with oversight from our Board of Trustees.


OUR VISION

A generous culture of philanthropy in which people work collaboratively to build a thriving and caring community, now and forever.


The future of our community

We believe that our community will thrive if we consistently understand its greatest needs and address them with meaningful grants funded by well-managed charitable funds. Our vision is focused on inspired philanthropy that will create transformative results.

Together, we make our community a better place.

And you play an important role

We can all help to build a better community. To achieve that, we have to continue to give back in a way that makes a difference for others. We’re not talking about putting away some funds just in case we encounter tough times down the road. And we’re not talking about a “money–in, money–out” approach to covering our day-to-day operating expenses. We’re talking about securing our community’s future and reaching out to greater numbers of people to help in more effective and exciting ways. Together, we can accomplish more.

Get involved

Our Philanthropic Services Team

Gary Butterworth

Chief Executive Officer

Gary Butterworth

Chief Executive Officer

Gary was hired in 2016 to lead the Foundation after an 18-year tenure at El Pomar Foundation, a $550 million private foundation. With extensive knowledge and experience in the field of philanthropy and the local community, Gary brings a passion for leadership and impact to PPCF. Gary is also involved with several statewide and civic organizations, serving as President of the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners and on the boards of the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership, the Broadmoor World Arena, and Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc. Gary earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology with a Political Science focus from Yale University and an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

719.389.1251, ext. 107

Nikki McComsey, CPA

Director of Donor Services and Community Leadership

Nikki McComsey, CPA

Director of Donor Services and Community Leadership

Nikki McComsey, CPA joined the Foundation in August 2016 after five years as the Executive Director at Kids on Bikes. Nikki is a Certified Public Accountant and began her career at BKD as an auditor and then as the Assistant Controller at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. With a degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Colorado Christian University and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Nikki’s role at PPCF is to oversee the philanthropic services team, consult with individuals on their charitable goals, and find high impact grantmaking opportunities.

719-389-1251 x4

Leslie Middleton, CPA

Director of Finance

Leslie Middleton, CPA

Director of Finance

Leslie Middleton, CPA, joined PPCF in November 2015 and serves as the Director of Finance. Leslie began her career at BKD specializing in auditing nonprofit organizations and then moved on to Catholic Health Initiatives Foundation, where she spent four years managing the accounting and finances for 20 healthcare foundations. She has also served as Controller for PHD 123 and as a Senior Accountant for Tenfold BPO. Leslie is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Leslie manages all aspects of finance, including oversight over the proper accounting of all Foundation funds.

Samuel Clark

Special Projects

Samuel Clark

Special Projects

Sam Clark is a philanthropic advisor and manages PPCF’s special projects, which include the Foundation’s programs that have operated for the last ten years. His public sector work experience comes from his time with El Pomar Foundation and the National Parks Service Business Management Group. Sam grew up in Colorado Springs, and has a BA in economics from Whitman College, and a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

719-445-0605

Eula Tatman

Program Officer, Grants & Donor Services

Eula Tatman

Program Officer, Grants & Donor Services

Eula Tatman joined the Foundation in November 2016. In her position, Eula is responsible for the administration of the grants, scholarships and assisting in donor services for the Foundation. Eula has more than 30 years of experience in non-profit administration and grant management. Before coming to the Foundation, Eula served 15 years as Vice President of Programs with the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama and she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Western Kentucky University.

719-445-0602

Shelby Kindell

Finance and Operations Associate

Shelby Kindell

Finance and Operations Associate

Shelby joined the Foundation team in November 2016 as the Finance and Operations Associate. In this role, Shelby assists with gifts processing, accounts payable, investments, event planning, office management, and communications. Prior to the Foundation, she served as a Development Associate with a local nonprofit. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration from UCCS in 2016, and acquired two graduate certificates: one in Nonprofit Fund Development, and the other in Grant Writing, Grant Management, and Program Evaluation.

719-445-0601

Our commitment to
national standards.

 

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations Accreditation Program certifies U.S. community foundations that meet and exceed federal and state law requirements in practice and policy.

The accreditation process is rigorous, and undertaking it demonstrates a community foundation’s commitment to accountability and excellence to its donors, its community, policymakers and the public. PPCF will complete all 26 requirements for this designation by the end of 2017.