The time is always right
to do what is right

– Martin Luther King Jr.


our vision
for our community

To advance public education, public leadership, and community development in Colorado Springs.


Our Mission


Public
Education

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

Public
Leadership

Government projects funded by the people, require excellent leadership that is accountable to the people.

Community Development

Healthy neighborhoods where people can live, work, and play are the anchors of our community.




Featured project:

Friends of D11

Schools are the heart and soul of a community. On November 7th, 2017, you will have an opportunity to vote for an initiative to better support our students in District 11. This initiative will increase our 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

INSTITUTE ANNUAL REPORT CARD

Public Education

Annual report issued by the Legacy Institute on the state of education in Colorado Springs that provides information on district, school, student, and school board performance in the Pikes Peak region.

ATLAS PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Public Education

Investment to grow Colorado Springs’ first network of high performing urban charter schools serving predominantly lower-income students.

FRIENDS OF D-11

Public Education

Investment to support Colorado Springs School District 11 Mill Levy Override campaign in 2017 to increase public funding for attracting and retaining quality teachers and modernizing aging buildings.

FRIENDS OF D-2

Public Education

Investment to support the Harrison School District 2 Mill Levy Override campaign in 2018 to increase public funding for attracting and retaining quality teachers and modernizing aging buildings.

FRIENDS OF DRAKE

Public Leadership

Investment in community partners committed to ensuring the Martin Drake Power Plant is eventually redeveloped by the community and for the community when it is decommissioned by Colorado Springs Utilities.

COLORADO SPRINGS FOOD RESCUE

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 based on the highly successful GrowHaus model in Denver.

 

HELEN HUNT NONPROFIT CAMPUS

Community Development

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

 

CCPI Southeast Grant Program

Community Development

Community Crime Prevention Initiative grant program in partnership with the Denver Foundation and the Pikes Peak Community Foundation serving Southeast Colorado Springs through investments in education, family services, and neighborhood spaces.

USA BASKETBALL

Community Development

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

ARTSPACE ARTIST HOUSING

Community Development

Investment in first artist and art centered affordable housing project in Colorado Springs in partnership with Artspace, a national non-profit organization that uses the tools of real estate development to create affordable, appropriate places where artists can live and work.

LEGACY LOOP

Community Development

Partnership with 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.

ADVISOR GRANTS

Community Development

Investment in partners committed to excellence in community development chosen annually by the Legacy Institute Advisory Board.

SOCIAL IMPACT SERVICES

Community Development

Strategic planning and operating services for community organizations 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, Reach Your Peak scholarship program at 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.

 

Nolan Schriner

Founder, N.E.S.

Nolan has lived in Colorado Springs since 1968. Before retiring in 2010, he spent nearly 40 years in urban and strategic planning and founded the firm N.E.S. which was involved in the planning of many large developments including Briargate, Mountain Shadows, Flying Horse, Kissing Camels and University Park. Nolan has been appointed to several city planning initiatives in Colorado Springs and has served on the Downtown Partnership Executive Committee, the Pikes Peak Community Foundation Real Estate Board, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority.
 

 

Dr. Pam Schockley-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

Chairman 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 and Founding Trustee of the Colorado Springs Health Foundation.