As Give! Guide editor, I've had my fingers in all of this copy (as well as that in the longer guide, found in newsstands around town and at indygive.com) over the past few months, making sure each of the 75 nonprofits was able to clearly share its vision and voice.
Throughout, I've been reminded that Give! truly is a community effort. You depend on us to vet worthy nonprofits. We depend on you to open your hearts and your wallets. And we all depend on the work these organizations do to better our region.
Organizations such as Atlas Preparatory School, which is home to two winners of the inaugural Lottie Prize (details here): lead founder Zach McComsey and co-founder Antonio Rosendo.
The award may be a surprise to them (and to our other winner, Jessie Pocock of the Galleries of Contemporary Art at UCCS, another Give! participant), but these young professionals exemplify the spirit that powers this campaign.
"I'm able to do a lot of what I do because of him, and vice versa," McComsey says about Rosendo. But, he adds, that when it comes to the staying power of Atlas, "It's not me, and it's not Tony. ... We really have invested in the team of leaders that we have. ... They're really phenomenal people."