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PRESS RELEASE: Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCF) Announces Change in Leadership
The Pikes Peak Community Foundation’s Board of Directors has named Gary Butterworth as the organization’s interim Chief Executive Officer. Butterworth, who currently serves as Senior Vice President of El Pomar Foundation, will begin his work at PPCF as a loaned officer from El Pomar on Monday, January 11, 2016.
William J. Hybl, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of El Pomar Foundation, says “Pikes Peak Community Foundation is an important community asset and we are happy to have the opportunity to support its efforts during this time of transition.”
Butterworth’s placement as interim CEO is part of the board’s transition and succession plan, formed to ensure the Foundation’s continued growth and success in the Pikes Peak region. The search for a permanent chief executive officer will begin this month following the departure of Trudy Strewler Hodges in late December.
Wendel Torres, Board Chair of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, says “The Foundation has a solid strategic plan guiding us forward. Our commitment and passion for the community we serve is our top priority. The board and staff are looking forward to new and exciting developments in 2016.”
To that end, PPCF’s staff members continue to keep the organization in great shape by managing the everyday work of the Foundation.
The Pikes Peak Community Foundation was founded in 1996. PPCF makes grants to support community improvement projects and operates high-impact programs such as Venetucci Farm, the Fund for the Arts, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, the Erikson Fund, the Pikes Peak Conservation Fund, Pinello Ranch, and the Gordon Jackson Foundation at Aspen Valley Ranch, to create maximum benefit for our community. The Foundation creates custom-designed charitable gift funds for individuals, families, and businesses, including donor-advised funds, donor-designated funds, endowment funds, memorial funds, and scholarship funds, providing flexible and inexpensive alternatives to setting up private or family foundations.