Member Spotlight: Curtis L. Esquibel and Boettcher Foundation

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Philanthropy Colorado invited Curtis Equibel, Director of Communications and Community Engagement with the Boettcher Foundation, to share a bit about himself and the foundation's work. 

On the value of Philanthropy Colorado membership:
“Philanthropy Colorado helps our sector to deepen its understanding of the important and unmet needs of rural communities. The organization’s Rural Funders Learning Network is just that – a network where we connect and collaborate with other funders to work more effectively in how we support rural communities.” 

On his background:
Curtis Esquibel explains he "leads the Boettcher Foundation’s communications and outreach, ensuring that the foundation connects with its diverse stakeholders through messaging, brand journalism and community engagement. Curtis also oversees Boettcher’s Doers & Difference Makers Fellowship Program and its statewide networks of leadership practitioners and rural leaders."

Curtis characterizes himself as a natural connector and Colorado native who believes in the power of philanthropy's impact on the lives of Coloradans and their communities. Prior to Boettcher, Curtis spent nearly 20 years working in the education and nonprofit sectors in Colorado and New Mexico. His purpose is to work for organizations that are invested in the public good while in roles that support the leadership journeys of individuals who choose to serve their communities. Early in his career, Curtis wrote professionally for newspapers in Colorado and California. 

A native Coloradan, Curtis earned a BS with honors from the University of Colorado Boulder and an MPA from the CU Denver School of Public Affairs. He describes himself as the beyond lucky husband to his wife of 17 years, Rosemary, a registered nurse. The overcaffeinated and overscheduled couple live in Adams County and strive to raise good humans in their children, Samuel (15) and Adilene (9)."

On the Boettcher Foundation:
"The Boettcher Foundation is named for an early Colorado family with a story steeped in opportunity, entrepreneurship, and giving back to the Centennial State. Founded in 1937, the Boettcher Foundation believes in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day the Boettcher Foundation builds up and connects doers and difference makers from across the state, working to elevate people, programs and organizations. To date, the Boettcher Foundation has awarded grants and scholarships that total more than $410 million."

Katie Kramer, President & CEO of the Boettcher Foundation, serves on the Philanthropy Colorado Board of Directors
Philanthropy Colorado is also very appreciative of Boettcher Foundation's grant support, which helps to support our mission and our rural work.

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