You must do the thing
you think you cannot do

– Eleanor Roosevelt


our vision
for our community

To 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 people can live, work, and play are the anchors of our community.





Featured project:

OPPORTUNITY HARRISON

Schools are the heart and soul of a community. On November 6th, 2018, voters approved an initiative to better support our students in Harrison School District Two. This initiative increases property taxes at the rate of about one movie ticket per month. Keep reading to learn how better funding for our schools is a gateway to a better education and brighter future for our kids and community.

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Our Portfolio

OPPORTUNITY HARRISON

Education

Investment to support successful $180MM bond campaign for Harrison School District Two in 2018 that increased public funding for upgrading and modernizing all existing buildings (including all district charter schools), building one new middle school, expanding two elementary schools into K-8 campuses, and freeing up funds to attract and retain quality teachers.

Learn more: d2pride.org
Learn more: CSBJ Endorsement + CS Indy Endorsement

ATLAS PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Education

Investment to support first elementary school and to grow first network of high performing charter schools in southeast Colorado Springs.

Learn more: atlasprep.org
Learn more: Gazette Article

 

FRIENDS OF D-11

Education

Investment to support successful Colorado Springs School District 11 Mill Levy Override campaign in 2017 that increased public funding for attracting and retaining quality teachers and modernizing aging buildings by $42MM annually.

Learn more: friendsofd11.org
Learn more: CSBJ Endorsement + CS Indy Endorsement

 

USA BASKETBALL + FOUNDATION

Community Development

Relocation and development of new downtown headquarters for USA Basketball + Foundation, the Olympic, FIBA, and Youth Development national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball.

Learn more: usab.com
Learn more: Gazette Article

HELEN HUNT CAMPUS

Community Development

Redevelopment of the closed Helen Hunt elementary school into a community campus that serves the Hillside Neighborhood in partnership with Community Partnership for Child Development, Catholic Charities, The Shandy Clinic, Colorado Springs Food Rescue, Peak Parent Education, and Concrete Couch.

Learn more: Gazette Article

 

THE HUB HILLSIDE FOOD CAMPUS

Community Development

Partner investment with the Dakota Foundation, Edmondson Foundation, Lane Foundation, and Loo Foundation to build a healthy food production, distribution and education hub in the Hillside Neighborhood by Colorado Springs Food Rescue.

Learn more: coloradospringsfoodrescue.org
Learn more: Gazette Article

 

CONVERGE LECTURE SERIES

Community Development

Investment in Converge Lecture Series and Fellowship to create a space for diverse communities in Colorado Springs to join together for conversation centered on moral beauty, exposure to the life of the mind and action in the public square.

Learn more: convergelectureseries.org

PEAK PARTNERSHIP

Community Development

Investment to create Peak Partnership, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to making a stronger Colorado Springs community by empowering citizens through local initiatives, connectivity, and education.

Learn more: peakpartnership.org

LEGACY LOOP

Community Development

Partnership with community organizations and the City of Colorado Springs to finally complete the Legacy Loop trail over 100 years after the initial vision was created by city founder General William Jackson Palmer.

Learn more: CS Indy Article

HILLSIDE MAKER SPACE

Community Development

Investment in Concrete Couch to create a neighborhood based maker space that will enhance the Hillside Community and Legacy Loop trail system.

Learn more: concretecouch.org

SOCIAL IMPACT SERVICES

Community Development

Strategic planning and operating services for community organizations, private foundations, and school districts in the Pikes Peak region focused on innovative approaches to social impact.

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 Advisors

Philip Lane

Managing Director, Culebra Properties

Phil holds bachelor and master degrees from Northwestern University. He started his career as an account sales manager with Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers in Chicago, and along with his father and brother, was responsible for general management of the family’s Pepsi-Cola franchise, which included operations in 6 western states and was later sold in 2008. Phil is currently the Managing Partner of Culebra Properties, as well as Chairman of the Board for the John and Margot Lane Foundation. He is extremely passionate about the Colorado Springs community, and has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including the YMCA, the United States Olympic Museum, the Nature Conservancy, and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

 

Vance Brown

Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Cherwell

Vance Brown is Cherwell’s leading ITSM expert, and one of the ITSM software industry’s most notable thought-leaders. Prior to founding Cherwell, Vance was president and CEO of GoldMine® Software Corporation (now HEAT Software and previously FrontRange® Solutions). Vance graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University and then with honors from the University of North Carolina Law School. Vance was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Award winner and is a student of what makes up a great company culture, entrepreneurship, and what gives meaning to life.

 

 

BART HOLADAY

Founder and Chairman, The Dakota Foundation

Bart is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), former Air Force officer, federal civil servant, venture capitalist and philanthropist. As a cadet at the USAFA, he was a varsity athlete, class president, Cadet Wing Commander and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University. In more than 20 years as a venture capitalist, he was an industry leader ultimately serving as an officer and board member of the National Venture Capital Association. As a philanthropist, he founded the Dakota Foundation, a foundation dedicated to funding entrepreneurial, non-profit organizations that help people help themselves in achieving greater economic self-sufficiency.

 

Dr. Pam Shockley-Zalabak

Chancellor Emerita, U.C.C.S.

Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, Dr. Shockley-Zalabak earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Later, she earned a PhD. in Organizational Communication from University of Colorado Boulder. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Women in Business Award, the Student Choice for Instructor of the Year, the Colorado Springs Business Journal Women of Influence Award, the Pikes Peak Range Riders Silver Spur Award, and the American Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Our Staff

Zachary McComsey

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 and Founding Trustee of the Colorado Springs Health Foundation.