The time is always right to do what is right. ”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Our vision

for our community

Advance Education and Community Development in Colorado Springs

Our Mission

Education

All kids deserve access to a great education, inspired by excellent teachers in modern classrooms.

Community Development

Healthy neighborhoods where families can live, play, and learn are the anchors of our community.

Featured Project

Promise Scholarship

Pikes Peak Community College has joined with the Dakota Foundation, the Legacy Institute and Harrison School District Two to create an unprecedented opportunity for high school students. The Dakota Promise Scholarship started in the fall of 2020 and provides free college tuition and academic support coaches to every qualifying high school graduate from any school, traditional or charter, in the Harrison school district.

Our benefactor

Margot Lane

Founder, The John and Margot Lane Foundation

Margot Ladwig Lane was raised in Colorado Springs and graduated from Colorado Springs High School in 1956 and earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UCCS. She married John Lane in 1958 and together they raised three children, David, Philip, and Bruce. A believer in giving back to her community, she founded the John and Margot Lane Foundation and was incredibly active in many community organizations such as the Junior League, Pikes Peak United Way, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Pikes Peak YMCA, Care and Share, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, UCCS, Young Life, and First Presbyterian Church.

Our Staff

Zachary McComsey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Zach is a graduate of Colorado Christian University and Harvard Divinity School. After completing the El Pomar Foundation Fellowship program, he went on to found and lead Atlas Preparatory School for nearly a decade. Zach has worked as CEO of the John and Margot Lane Foundation and Director of the Katherine and Dusty Loo Foundation, and has served the community as Urban Renewal Authority Commissioner, Founding Trustee of the Colorado Springs Health Foundation, and Colorado Charter Facility Solutions board member.

Rebecca Pontieri

Managing Director

Rebecca is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Pace University in New York City, and Columbia University Teachers College. She was part of the 2003 NYC Teach For America Corps, and taught middle school in the Bronx, NY for seven years. After moving to Colorado Springs she joined Atlas Preparatory School as a reading teacher, and went on to serve as a school leader and Principal for the next ten years. Other professional experience includes working with local arts organizations, board service, and volunteering. Rebecca’s husband is a US Army veteran and they have two young daughters.

Our Board

Community leaders with experience in education, business, philanthropy, and government.