RECURRING

At Grasslands, we’re not just dedicated to doing well and to seeing that our clients do well. We’re also committed to doing good. One way we do this is through recurring charitable contributions to each Grasslands team member’s organization of choice.

Here are some of the nonprofit organizations nearest and dearest to our hearts—and we’ve included links to each of their websites, in case you see one you would like to support.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION

There’s nothing worse than watching someone you love slowly slip away before your eyes. That’s why I chose the Alzheimer’s Association. My family and our lifelong family of friends have watched my mother go from forgetting where she parked the car to forgetting the names of everyone she loves, to needing 24-hour care over the last 10 years. I am extremely committed to raising awareness and for this gut-wrenching disease. The Alzheimer’s Association helps raise money for innovative research and support for caregivers and so much more!

– DEBBIE McHUGH / CHIEF OF STAFF

NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

Living in Colorado has provided me with ample opportunity to visit and explore some of our nation’s most wondrous and diverse scenery. Our National Parks reflect America at its best, but these historic landscapes are under serious threat from private industries eager to log, drill and mine the land. Since 1919, the National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in the fight to safeguard the scenic beauty, wildlife and historic and cultural treasures of the largest and most diverse park system in the world. By supporting their efforts, we can help to ensure future generations have equal and abundant opportunity to experience and enjoy America’s most magnificent and meaningful places.

– CHLOE STEERMAN / EXECUTIVE ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

SOUND EQUINE OPTIONS

Since 2009, Sound Equine Options has focused on ending the cycle of abuse, neglect, abandonment and suffering for horses in Oregon. The team at Sound Equine Options partners with the Oregon Humane Society, along with multiple local law enforcement authorities, to care for animals when their owners are no longer able to do so. Their program provides rehab, training, adoption services and owner assistance programs for animals in need. Sound Equine Options fills a great need not met by local or state governments, which often lack the resources needed to address the increasing numbers of unwanted horses.

– JOHN SVOBODA / BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND

The Environmental Defense Fund is committed to finding ways to curb carbon emissions and ensure a safe, supportive environment for people everywhere. That means using science- and economic-based strategies to mitigate climate change, move to a 100% clean economy, encourage sustainable fishing practices, increase ecosystem resilience and protect people from toxin exposure and pollution. The organization takes a holistic view of critical issues facing us today and works with key stakeholders, from citizens to members of Congress to corporations, to create tangible change and help people work together to support our natural world.

– MACKENZIE METER / MARKETING SPECIALIST & COPYWRITER

WEST VIRGINIA 4-H FORWARD FUND 

While 4-H often is associated with raising livestock, in my home state of West Virginia, it is so much more. Youth development, leadership and community enrichment are fundamental to the West Virginia 4-H program. I grew up in this program and owe it so much for providing the opportunity to learn about myself and develop into the person and leader that I’ve become. This donation will go directly to the 4-H Forward Fund which, in their words, exists “to ensure all kids can reach their potential, no matter their circumstances. Our goal is to provide educational resources, social and emotional support, and a sense of belonging for 4-H’ers across West Virginia.”

– JESSE BURNS / CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

PROTECT OUR WINTERS

Protect Our Winters (POW) helps people passionate about the outdoors work together to protect the places they love amid the ongoing effects of climate change. In regards to protecting our planet, seemingly small efforts made at just the right moments can carry enough weight to tip the scale from failure to success. By embracing renewable energy, electric transport, breakthrough technologies and market policies, we can all work to achieve carbon neutrality by the mid-century. Growing up, I spent an immense amount of my time outdoors, whether that was camping and hiking during the summertime or skiing and snowboarding in winter. I have always been deeply concerned with climate change and how it is affecting the places I call home. I chose to donate to the Protect Our Winters foundation because I believe that climate change is one of the most important topics that society needs to come together on in order to protect the place we all call home.

– SHANE HEALEY / ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

PEN AMERICA’S PRISON WRITING PROGRAM

The carceral state is deeply dehumanizing in so many ways, but providing opportunities for education and free expression can not only decrease recidivism, it can also transform lives. For almost 50 years, the PEN America Prison Writing Program has amplified the voices of incarcerated people with mentorship programs, writing contests and educational handbooks that teach important skills for communication and self-expression. Not only that, PEN has created opportunities for imprisoned people to participate in conversations about mass incarceration from which they might otherwise be shut out.

— MEGHAN O’DEA / CONTENT STRATEGIST & COPYWRITER

STOP ECOCIDE INTERNATIONAL

Stop Ecocide International is a charity founded by two badass females in an effort to make ecocide (literal meaning: killing one’s home) an international crime. Currently, nobody is held responsible for the continued damage humans are doing to the environment. Stop Ecocide partners with lawyers, policy makers and activists across all of civil society in an effort to make ecocide a criminal offense. This would hold those who are making decisions or actions that lead to severe environmental harm, liable for criminal prosecution. The end goal is to legally protect our environment and home from the acts and decisions that are killing it.

— MOLLY SPOSATO / ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Colorado Chapter

I chose the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Colorado chapter in honor of my mom, Lynn Teague, who passed away in January 2017. Battling cancer four times in her 57 years, my mom helped raise over $100,000 for the organization’s Team In Training program while participating in 100-mile century bike rides and in-line skate races—all while maintaining a smile and a heart of gold. This #GrasslandsGives donation is to honor those fighting these terrible diseases and my mom, who dreamed of moving to Colorado for its natural beauty and access to medical cannabis.

—CASEY ECHOLS, SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE 

ENGLISH SPRINGER RESCUE America (ESRA)

English Springer Rescue America, Inc. (ESRA) has been saving springer spaniels for more than 20 years. As a proud owner of a springer spaniel, I am particularly fond of this breed and can’t fathom the thought of one being abandoned or left behind. I chose this organization because their mission to ensure all springer spaniels receive a loving home is near and dear to my heart.

— MADISON MULLIS / ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

Feeding Westchester

Food security is a big issue in my own backyard. Not a day goes by where I do not feel tremendous gratitude for the food that my family has on the table, because I have seen members of my community without…and it’s heartbreaking. Everyone deserves and needs access to nutritious meals, and Feeding Westchester is on a mission to provide nourishment to my neighbors who need it most.

— Lauren Carasso / Public Relations Director

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS

The longtime nonprofit Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides independent, impartial medical humanitarian assistance to those who need it most. In more than 70 countries, MSF members care for people affected by conflict, natural- and human-made disasters, disease outbreaks and exclusion from health care. The work done by MSF is important to me because it is crucial to remember that there are people out there who need professional help for a number of reasons, and do not have access to that help.English Springer Rescue America, Inc. (ESRA) has been saving springer spaniels for more than 20 years. As a proud owner of a springer spaniel, I am particularly fond of this breed and can’t fathom the thought of one being abandoned or left behind. I chose this organization because their mission to ensure all springer spaniels receive a loving home is near and dear to my heart.

— BREANNA LOPRESTI / ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

THE MARSHALL PROJECT

America’s criminal justice system is broken. And The Marshall Project—whose mission it is “to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system”—is the nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization telling so many of these necessary stories. From a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting to a 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence, this bold organization (named after civil rights activist / NAACP attorney / first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall) is creating the kind of journalism that begins to repair our broken criminal justice system, which in turn repairs decades of unjust drug policy and so much more.

– RICARDO BACA / CEO & FOUNDER

PROPUBLICA

High-quality investigative journalism is vital to our democracy, now more than ever. And as the business models that once supported robust public service reporting continue to crumble, donor-funded news organizations like ProPublica are increasingly vital. This nonprofit investigative news organization produces hard-hitting journalism in the public interest and has been holding powerful feet to the fire for over 10 years. Here’s to ProPublica’s next 10 years of “using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing.”

– EMILY GRAY BROSIOUS / CONTENT MARKETING DIRECTOR

LITTLE KIDS ROCK

Since 2002, Little Kids Rock has partnered with more than 400 school districts nationwide to provide 650,000 children with the lifelong gift of music. In a time when our society is more divided than ever, music has the power to bring together people from all walks of life. I chose to support this remarkable organization dedicated to restoring, expanding and innovating music education because as a longtime music aficionado, I strongly believe every child has the right to a quality music education.

– SEAN BILLISITZ / SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

COLORADO COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

The crisis of homelessness is on the rise and everyone deserves a warm and safe place to sleep at night. But when it comes to homelessness, working toward prevention is just as important as offering shelter. By providing access to housing, trauma-informed healthcare, and vocational and supportive services, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless takes a holistic approach with comprehensive support for those who need it most. The individuals that are suffering from homelessness deserve advocates who understand their needs and work to provide them a place to sleep while also addressing their trauma and mental health.

– ERIN CURRY / ACCOUNT MANAGER

PROMISES2KIDS

Everyone understands that our future lies in the hands of children. Sadly, not every kid is given the chance to succeed in our society. California-based Promises2Kids works to ensure a better future for foster youth in San Diego County, where I grew up. Every year, foster children reach age 18 expected to transition to adulthood but lack the skills and resources to secure employment, housing and higher education. Promises2Kids provides support services and resources such as mentors and scholarships to help individuals who have aged out of foster care to extend their education. The organization also assists foster youth in reuniting with their siblings in cases where they were separated during their time in foster care. Every kid deserves a place they can be nurtured.

— ANDRE HASCALL / ASSOCIATE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

PLUM VILLIAGE

Mindfulness has become a huge part of my life and something I try to incorporate in every action I take. While I’ve been a Buddhist for over 15 years, my practice became disrupted in the best sense when I discovered the works of Zen Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Thay, as he’s known to his students, teaches about the transformative power of being present in every moment. His monastery, Plum Village, works tirelessly to teach others about the interconnected nature of life and the serenity that can be found in taking a moment to return to your breath and focus.

– BRIAN BOCK / SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

SO OTHERS MIGHT EAT (SOME)

So Others Might Eat (SOME) began in 1970 with the basic mission of providing a warm meal to those in need in one neighborhood in Washington, D.C. It has subsequently grown to serve the entire district with the goal of ending the cycle of poverty embedded in communities across the city. Healthcare, legal assistance, job training, mental health support, substance abuse therapy and access to new and used clothing now complement SOME’s food and grocery distribution scope. My parents donated to SOME when I was a child, and their engagement was my introduction to the idea of charitable giving and how it can create real positive change. When funding for social services was slashed in the 1980s under the guise of trickle-down economics and disparaging “Welfare Queen” rhetoric, I saw firsthand the devastation that it had on communities in the city. The irony that Washington, D.C., houses our federal government yet district residents receive scant representation and remain “less than” in the eyes of some legislators makes the work of So Others Might Eat incredibly important.       

— GEOFF CALDWELL / CONTENT MARKETING SPECIALIST & COPYWRITER 

LIFESET NETWORK

Young adults who age out of foster care without being adopted or reunited with their families face an enormous uphill battle in early adulthood. Each year, 20,000 teens exit the foster care system and immediately face the harsh realities of the world without the funds or foundational life skills to navigate it. Statistically speaking, individuals who age out of foster care have astronomically higher rates of early pregnancy, substance-use disorder, homelessness, domestic and partner violence, and imprisonment. The LifeSet Network takes an evidence-informed approach in providing much-needed support and mentorship. The intensive program addresses education, housing, employment, mental and physical health care, along with developing life skills to navigate adulthood, from transportation and money management to accessing community resources. While there are infinite worthy causes out there, I always come back to these kids. The odds have been stacked against them from the get-go, and while the playing field will never be level, the LifeSet Network makes every effort to help them build stable, joyful adult lives.

— LINDSAY HOFFMAN / ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

THE TENNYSON CENTER FOR CHILDREN

The Tennyson Center for Children has served Colorado’s most neglected, abused and traumatized children since 1904. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping children who have experienced severe abuse, neglect and / or trauma so they can bravely, and safely, change their life’s story. That empowerment their trained professionals provide these children through all of these school based and customized programs to re-integrate them into safe families, supportive schools and vibrant communities is incredible and something that I support fully.

— MONIQUE MACIAS / HR GENERALIST & LAUREN FINEGAN / DIVERSITY-IN-MARKETING INTERN

Rise Colorado

This organization’s passion lies in uplifting low-income families to be involved in the education of their youth. It’s important to me because knowledge is a fundamental privilege that many take for granted and few can afford. It is up to us to take our evolution into our own hands. As Erykah Badu put it on “On and On,” “The man that knows something knows that he knows nothing at all.”

— Kiara Cooper / Client Services Intern

THE SAFE ALLIANCE

For my #GrasslandsGives donation, I chose The SAFE Alliance in Austin, TX. SAFE, which stands for Stop Abuse For Everyone, is women-led nonprofit serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and child abuse. As a previous intern at SAFE, I’ve seen firsthand the nonprofit’s inspiring work backed by the most amazing big-hearted people. Proper resources to escape abuse or recover from assault are imperative for the physical and mental health of survivors. Just a little help from SAFE, whether that’s a sexual assault nursing exam after rape or a bed to sleep in and food to eat when escaping an abusive partner can change a survivor’s life for the better.

— KATIE PRATT / DIVERSITY-IN-MARKETING PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERN

THE MARSHALL PROJECT

America’s criminal justice system is broken. And The Marshall Project—whose mission it is “to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system”—is the nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization telling so many of these necessary stories. From a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting to a 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence, this bold organization (named after civil rights activist / NAACP attorney / first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall) is creating the kind of journalism that begins to repair our broken criminal justice system, which in turn repairs decades of unjust drug policy and so much more.

– RICARDO BACA / CEO & FOUNDER

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION

There’s nothing worse than watching someone you love slowly slip away before your eyes. That’s why I chose the Alzheimer’s Association. My family and our lifelong family of friends have watched my mother go from forgetting where she parked the car to forgetting the names of everyone she loves, to needing 24-hour care over the last 10 years. I am extremely committed to raising awareness and for this gut-wrenching disease. The Alzheimer’s Association helps raise money for innovative research and support for caregivers and so much more!

– DEBBIE McHUGH / CHIEF OF STAFF

NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

Living in Colorado has provided me with ample opportunity to visit and explore some of our nation’s most wondrous and diverse scenery. Our National Parks reflect America at its best, but these historic landscapes are under serious threat from private industries eager to log, drill and mine the land. Since 1919, the National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in the fight to safeguard the scenic beauty, wildlife and historic and cultural treasures of the largest and most diverse park system in the world. By supporting their efforts, we can help to ensure future generations have equal and abundant opportunity to experience and enjoy America’s most magnificent and meaningful places.

– CHLOE STEERMAN / EXECUTIVE ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

PROPUBLICA

High-quality investigative journalism is vital to our democracy, now more than ever. And as the business models that once supported robust public service reporting continue to crumble, donor-funded news organizations like ProPublica are increasingly vital. This nonprofit investigative news organization produces hard-hitting journalism in the public interest and has been holding powerful feet to the fire for over 10 years. Here’s to ProPublica’s next 10 years of “using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing.”

– EMILY GRAY BROSIOUS / CONTENT MARKETING DIRECTOR

LITTLE KIDS ROCK

Since 2002, Little Kids Rock has partnered with more than 400 school districts nationwide to provide 650,000 children with the lifelong gift of music. In a time when our society is more divided than ever, music has the power to bring together people from all walks of life. I chose to support this remarkable organization dedicated to restoring, expanding and innovating music education because as a longtime music aficionado, I strongly believe every child has the right to a quality music education.  

– SEAN BILLISITZ / SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

SOUND EQUINE OPTIONS

Since 2009, Sound Equine Options has focused on ending the cycle of abuse, neglect, abandonment and suffering for horses in Oregon. The team at Sound Equine Options partners with the Oregon Humane Society, along with multiple local law enforcement authorities, to care for animals when their owners are no longer able to do so. Their program provides rehab, training, adoption services and owner assistance programs for animals in need. Sound Equine Options fills a great need not met by local or state governments, which often lack the resources needed to address the increasing numbers of unwanted horses.

– JOHN SVOBODA / BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND

The Environmental Defense Fund is committed to finding ways to curb carbon emissions and ensure a safe, supportive environment for people everywhere. That means using science- and economic-based strategies to mitigate climate change, move to a 100% clean economy, encourage sustainable fishing practices, increase ecosystem resilience and protect people from toxin exposure and pollution. The organization takes a holistic view of critical issues facing us today and works with key stakeholders, from citizens to members of Congress to corporations, to create tangible change and help people work together to support our natural world.

– MACKENZIE METER / MARKETING SPECIALIST & COPYWRITER

WEST VIRGINIA 4-H FORWARD FUND

While 4-H often is associated with raising livestock, in my home state of West Virginia, it is so much more. Youth development, leadership and community enrichment are fundamental to the West Virginia 4-H program. I grew up in this program and owe it so much for providing the opportunity to learn about myself and develop into the person and leader that I’ve become. This donation will go directly to the 4-H Forward Fund which, in their words, exists “to ensure all kids can reach their potential, no matter their circumstances. Our goal is to provide educational resources, social and emotional support, and a sense of belonging for 4-H’ers across West Virginia.”

– JESSE BURNS / CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

METRO CARING

I’m choosing Metro Caring because of its mission to address not just the food-security aspect of hunger, but many of the root causes of hunger and poverty, here in Denver. I love that this organization dives deeper than the surface of the issue, helping people get back on their feet while also providing them with healthy food options. I admire that they are educating underprivileged communities on the importance of putting quality fuel in your body—allowing you to feel your best while tackling your goals and challenges.

– SARAH COBB / ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

COLORADO COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

The crisis of homelessness is on the rise and everyone deserves a warm and safe place to sleep at night. But when it comes to homelessness, working toward prevention is just as important as offering shelter. By providing access to housing, trauma-informed healthcare, and vocational and supportive services, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless takes a holistic approach with comprehensive support for those who need it most. The individuals that are suffering from homelessness deserve advocates who understand their needs and work to provide them a place to sleep while also addressing their trauma and mental health. 

– ERIN CURRY / ACCOUNT MANAGER

THE LAST PRISONER PROJECT

The Last Prisoner Project (LPP) works to redress the harms of cannabis criminalization through legal intervention, education and criminal justice reform advocacy. LPP was founded out of the belief that no one should remain incarcerated or continue to suffer the collateral consequences of federal cannabis prohibition and the War on Drugs, which continues to disproportionately impact communities of color. LPP’s mission is to get every last cannabis prisoner on the planet out of jail and back to their homes, starting with the estimated 40,000 individuals serving time for cannabis in the United States. Those of us fortunate enough to find a career in the cannabis industry have a moral obligation to work toward restorative justice.

– JAKE KERN / ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

PROMISES2KIDS

Everyone understands that our future lies in the hands of children. Sadly, not every kid is given the chance to succeed in our society. California-based Promises2Kids works to ensure a better future for foster youth in San Diego County, where I grew up. Every year, foster children reach age 18 expected to transition to adulthood but lack the skills and resources to secure employment, housing and higher education. Promises2Kids provides support services and resources such as mentors and scholarships to help individuals who have aged out of foster care to extend their education. The organization also assists foster youth in reuniting with their siblings in cases where they were separated during their time in foster care. Every kid deserves a place they can be nurtured.

– ANDRE HASCALL / ASSOCIATE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

PROTECT OUR WINTERS

Protect Our Winters (POW) helps people passionate about the outdoors work together to protect the places they love amid the ongoing effects of climate change. In regards to protecting our planet, seemingly small efforts made at just the right moments can carry enough weight to tip the scale from failure to success. By embracing renewable energy, electric transport, breakthrough technologies and market policies, we can all work to achieve carbon neutrality by the mid-century. Growing up, I spent an immense amount of my time outdoors, whether that was camping and hiking during the summertime or skiing and snowboarding in winter. I have always been deeply concerned with climate change and how it is affecting the places I call home. I chose to donate to the Protect Our Winters foundation because I believe that climate change is one of the most important topics that society needs to come together on in order to protect the place we all call home.

– SHANE HEALEY / ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

DESTINY RESCUE 

I chose Destiny Rescue for my #GrasslandsGives donation because they work to rescue children from sexual exploitation and human trafficking and help them stay free. As a mom, my number one priority is keeping my daughter safe, and I want every parent in the world to be able to do the same. Enhancing visibility around these problems and having difficult conversations about preventing human trafficking is necessary for ending the vicious cycle.

– KIRSTEN CAVNAR / ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

INNOCENCE PROJECT

Innocence Project works to prevent wrongful convictions, uses DNA evidence to exonerate those who have been wrongly convicted, and provides social services to help exonerees rebuild their lives after release. The organization has successfully exonerated hundreds of people who have been wrongly convicted in the United States, some of whom were serving time on death row for crimes they did not commit. Through strategic litigation, political advocacy, research and social work, Innocence Project aims to free the many innocent people who remain incarcerated and affect policy reforms to prevent wrongful convictions going forward. 

– CLAIRE WOLFF / MARKETING COORDINATOR

PEN AMERICA’S PRISON WRITING PROGRAM

The carceral state is deeply dehumanizing in so many ways, but providing opportunities for education and free expression can not only decrease recidivism, it can also transform lives. For almost 50 years, the PEN America Prison Writing Program has amplified the voices of incarcerated people with mentorship programs, writing contests and educational handbooks that teach important skills for communication and self-expression. Not only that, PEN has created opportunities for imprisoned people to participate in conversations about mass incarceration from which they might otherwise be shut out.

– MEGHAN O’DEA / CONTENT STRATEGIST & COPYWRITER

SO OTHERS MIGHT EAT (SOME)

So Others Might Eat (SOME) began in 1970 with the basic mission of providing a warm meal to those in need in one neighborhood in Washington, D.C. It has subsequently grown to serve the entire district with the goal of ending the cycle of poverty embedded in communities across the city. Healthcare, legal assistance, job training, mental health support, substance abuse therapy and access to new and used clothing now complement SOME’s food and grocery distribution scope. My parents donated to SOME when I was a child, and their engagement was my introduction to the idea of charitable giving and how it can create real positive change. When funding for social services was slashed in the 1980s under the guise of trickle-down economics and disparaging “Welfare Queen” rhetoric, I saw firsthand the devastation that it had on communities in the city. The irony that Washington, D.C., houses our federal government yet district residents receive scant representation and remain “less than” in the eyes of some legislators makes the work of So Others Might Eat incredibly important.       

— GEOFF CALDWELL / CONTENT MARKETING SPECIALIST & COPYWRITER 

PLUM VILLIAGE

Mindfulness has become a huge part of my life and something I try to incorporate in every action I take. While I’ve been a Buddhist for over 15 years, my practice became disrupted in the best sense when I discovered the works of Zen Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Thay, as he’s known to his students, teaches about the transformative power of being present in every moment. His monastery, Plum Village, works tirelessly to teach others about the interconnected nature of life and the serenity that can be found in taking a moment to return to your breath and focus.

– BRIAN BOCK / SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

ENGLISH SPRINGER RESCUE AMERICA (ESRA)

English Springer Rescue America, Inc. (ESRA) has been saving springer spaniels for more than 20 years. As a proud owner of a springer spaniel, I am particularly fond of this breed and can’t fathom the thought of one being abandoned or left behind. I chose this organization because their mission to ensure all springer spaniels receive a loving home is near and dear to my heart.

– MADISON MULLIS / ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

THE TENNYSON CENTER FOR CHILDREN

The Tennyson Center for Children has served Colorado’s most neglected, abused and traumatized children since 1904. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping children who have experienced severe abuse, neglect and / or trauma so they can bravely, and safely, change their life’s story. Their trained professionals empower children and families by providing a child-centered, customized approach to healing through community- and school-based programs. The primary goal of all their programs is to reintegrate children back into safe families, supportive schools and vibrant communities.

– MONIQUE MACIAS / HR GENERALIST

LIFESET NETWORK

Young adults who age out of foster care without being adopted or reunited with their families face an enormous uphill battle in early adulthood. Each year, 20,000 teens exit the foster care system and immediately face the harsh realities of the world without the funds or foundational life skills to navigate it. Statistically speaking, individuals who age out of foster care have astronomically higher rates of early pregnancy, substance-use disorder, homelessness, domestic and partner violence, and imprisonment. The LifeSet Network takes an evidence-informed approach in providing much-needed support and mentorship. The intensive program addresses education, housing, employment, mental and physical health care, along with developing life skills to navigate adulthood, from transportation and money management to accessing community resources. While there are infinite worthy causes out there, I always come back to these kids. The odds have been stacked against them from the get-go, and while the playing field will never be level, the LifeSet Network makes every effort to help them build stable, joyful adult lives.

— LINDSAY HOFFMAN / ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

Beagle Rescue, Education and Welfare (BREW)

For my #GrasslandsGives donation, I choose Beagle Rescue, Education and Welfare (BREW). Since 1999, BREW has dedicated its resources to rescuing and rehoming beagles throughout the Mid-Atlantic. With a focus on saving beagles from overcrowded shelters where they are at risk of euthenasia, BREW also helps beagles that have been removed from neglectful or abusive situations. The organization is keen on increasing public awareness of pet overpopulation and provides rescued beagles with any and all needed medical care before placing them in a new home. I couldn’t imagine life without my beagle and encourage others to take a chance on this sometimes-loud-but-always-cuddly breed!

— MARTHA N. MARSHALL / SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

DONATIONS

Grasslands-hosted parties and educational events are not only great learning and networking gatherings—they’re also tremendous opportunities to help out hard-working nonprofit organizations that are local to our host communities. All bar tips at all Grasslands events go to support the good work being done by these groups, and past nonprofit partners include:

ACLU (Nevada chapter)

The Center for Investigative Reporting

Decriminalize Denver

Drug Policy Alliance

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

National Organization for Women (Massachusetts Chapter)

ProPublica

Sensible Marijuana Policy for Louisiana

Sensible Ontario

Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Committee to Protect Journalists

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