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

BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY /
NO-KILL LOS ANGELES

No animal should die simply because it doesn’t have a home. Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS) is dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals by ending the practice of shelter animal euthanasia and reducing the number of animals entering shelters in the first place. The BFAS initiative No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) has helped the nation’s second-largest city achieve nearly total no-kill status. From an early age, I’ve had a deep compassion and love for animals, so this foundation is near and dear to my heart. If I could rescue every single animal that doesn’t have a home, I would.

– MADISON WARE / PUBLICIST

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

WESTSIDE GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE 

I chose Westside German Shepherd Rescue for my #GrasslandsGives donation because they do amazing work for “unadoptable” dogs, such as those on death row at kill shelters, terminally ill or badly injured dogs, and more. As the name suggests, they are known for their work with German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes specifically, but they won’t turn down any dog in need. My dog Bear is a Westside rescue. He and his littermates were born in a Motel 6. Westside stepped in, got them the medical care they needed, weaned them from their mom when they were ready, and then adopted out all 10 puppies and their mom.  We were so happy with our experience adopting Bear that my husband and I volunteered for Westside during the pandemic quarantine. We fostered a pregnant German Shepherd, helped her to birth and nurse her seven puppies, then assisted in adopting her and the puppies out to loving, supportive homes.

– ALEXIS LIPNICKI / PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER

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

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

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

GREEN CHIMNEYS

Green Chimneys is focused on facilitating animal-assisted therapy and educational activities for children with special needs. The organization pairs animals and children together, teaching the children about what it means to be responsible and care for another being. This charity is particularly close to my heart, as it was created by family and friends, and I grew up regularly visiting the facility and volunteering to help with the meaningful and necessary work being done to improve the lives of special-needs children.

– AMANDA LOWELL / PR 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 / PR & SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST

AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS

Growing up, traditional classroom learning was beyond difficult, and I found solace in the art room and dance studio. These are places where shy children come to life, discipline is taught, and inspiration is never lacking. The arts have played a part in every significant revolutionary movement in our history, and every day we live our lives in their splendor. Every time you watch a show, attend a concert or purchase a painting, you are engaging in the arts. Americans for the Arts recognizes this and commits to building and supporting the immense value of these platforms while aiding the individuals who commit their lives to the arts, many of whom I am lucky enough to call friends and family.

– JULIE DIETEL / SENIOR PUBLICIST

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS 

The conversation around mental illness has long been a widely stigmatized, misunderstood narrative where finding the proper care and resources has been unequivocally unequal for far too long. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, is dedicated to supporting the millions of Americans affected by mental illness through advocacy and education so that individuals and families can have an equal opportunity to build better lives.

– LINDSEY CLARKE / PUBLICIST

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 / PROJECT COORDINATOR

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 COORDINATOR

THE MARIGOLD PROJECT

We all have the power to spark change in this world, no matter who we are. But it helps if you’re a big-time rockstar. When Denver singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff hit international fame with his band The Night Sweats in 2015, he started The Marigold Project, a nonprofit that is building a better society by tackling racial, social, and economic issues through initiatives like ending gun violence and bringing sustainable food to the inner city. Named after the pest-fighting flowers Rateliff used to plant with his dad in his childhood garden, The Marigold Project provides a crucial assist in bringing opportunities and a better life to those who could use a helping hand.

– IAN GASSMAN / CONTENT MARKETING SPECIALIST & COPYWRITER

NO MORE DEATHS

Founded in 2004, No More Deaths is a humanitarian organization based in southern Arizona that is dedicated to ending death and suffering in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands through faith-based principles for immigration reform and civil initiatives to uphold fundamental human rights for people working openly in the community. Volunteers maintain a year-round humanitarian presence in the remote deserts of southwestern Arizona and provide water, food, socks, blankets and other supplies for migrants. Under the direction of their medical team, volunteers also administer emergency first-aid treatment to individuals in distress.

– SAVANAH MODESITT / 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

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 / 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

BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY / NO-KILL LOS ANGELES 

No animal should die simply because it doesn’t have a home. Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS) is dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals by ending the practice of shelter animal euthanasia and reducing the number of animals entering shelters in the first place. The BFAS initiative No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) has helped the nation’s second-largest city achieve nearly total no-kill status. From an early age, I’ve had a deep compassion and love for animals, so this foundation is near and dear to my heart. If I could rescue every single animal that doesn’t have a home, I would.

– MADISON WARE / JUNIOR PUBLICIST

GREEN CHIMNEYS

Green Chimneys is focused on facilitating animal-assisted therapy and educational activities for children with special needs. The organization pairs animals and children together, teaching the children about what it means to be responsible and care for another being. This charity is particularly close to my heart, as it was created by family and friends, and I grew up regularly visiting the facility and volunteering to help with the meaningful and necessary work being done to improve the lives of special-needs children.

– AMANDA LOWELL / PR 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 / PR AND SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) 

The conversation around mental illness has long been a widely stigmatized, misunderstood narrative where finding the proper care and resources has been unequivocally unequal for far too long. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, is dedicated to supporting the millions of Americans affected by mental illness through advocacy and education so that individuals and families can have an equal opportunity to build better lives.

– LINDSEY CLARKE / PUBLICIST

AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS

Growing up, traditional classroom learning was beyond difficult, and I found solace in the art room and dance studio. These are places where shy children come to life, discipline is taught, and inspiration is never lacking. The arts have played a part in every significant revolutionary movement in our history, and every day we live our lives in their splendor. Every time you watch a show, attend a concert or purchase a painting, you are engaging in the arts. Americans for the Arts recognizes this and commits to building and supporting the immense value of these platforms while aiding the individuals who commit their lives to the arts, many of whom I am lucky enough to call friends and family.

– JULIE DIETEL / PUBLICIST

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 AND 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 COORDINATOR

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 / PROJECT COORDINATOR

WESTSIDE GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE 

I chose Westside German Shepherd Rescue for my #GrasslandsGives donation because they do amazing work for “unadoptable” dogs, such as those on death row at kill shelters, terminally ill or badly injured dogs, and more. As the name suggests, they are known for their work with German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes specifically, but they won’t turn down any dog in need. My dog Bear is a Westside rescue. He and his littermates were born in a Motel 6. Westside stepped in, got them the medical care they needed, weaned them from their mom when they were ready, and then adopted out all 10 puppies and their mom.  We were so happy with our experience adopting Bear that my husband and I volunteered for Westside during the pandemic quarantine. We fostered a pregnant German Shepherd, helped her to birth and nurse her seven puppies, then assisted in adopting her and the puppies out to loving, supportive homes.

– ALEXIS LIPNICKI / PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER

THE MARIGOLD PROJECT

We all have the power to spark change in this world, no matter who we are. But it helps if you’re a big-time rockstar. When Denver singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff hit international fame with his band The Night Sweats in 2015, he started The Marigold Project, a nonprofit that is building a better society by tackling racial, social, and economic issues through initiatives like ending gun violence and bringing sustainable food to the inner city. Named after the pest-fighting flowers Rateliff used to plant with his dad in his childhood garden, The Marigold Project provides a crucial assist in bringing opportunities and a better life to those who could use a helping hand.

– IAN GASSMAN / CONTENT MARKETING SPECIALIST & COPYWRITER

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

NO MORE DEATHS

Founded in 2004, No More Deaths is a humanitarian organization based in southern Arizona that is dedicated to ending death and suffering in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands through faith-based principles for immigration reform and civil initiatives to uphold fundamental human rights for people working openly in the community. Volunteers maintain a year-round humanitarian presence in the remote deserts of southwestern Arizona and provide water, food, socks, blankets and other supplies for migrants. Under the direction of their medical team, volunteers also administer emergency first-aid treatment to individuals in distress.

– SAVANAH MODESITT / ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

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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