Cradle to Career Giving Network
In 2012, Aspen Community Foundation created the Cradle to Career Initiative to address the serious achievement gaps between low-income and more affluent youth in the Aspen area. Local philanthropists and second-home-owners convene to support this important effort. The purpose of the Cradle to Career Initiative is to ensure that all children have equal access to education and opportunities from kindergarten preparedness to college and career readiness. In 2016, Laura launched the Cradle to Career Giving Network venture philanthropy endeavor with a $100,000 challenge grant. A select group of two dozen donors contributed a minimum of $5,000 each to the Giving Network, which was matched dollar for dollar by the Laura and Gary Lauder Family Venture Philanthropy Fund for a total of more than $200,000 to be allocated to alleviate the deep disparities in youth outcomes and to help ensure that every child reaches his or her potential and is on a path to success.