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. The Network is comprised of a select group of philanthropists who are interested in making a difference in the lives of children and families in the Aspen to Parachute region. Members of the Giving Network contribute $5,000 annually, which is matched by the Lauder Family Fund up to $150,000, and have the opportunity to learn directly from experts how the cutting-edge strategy of collective impact can have a profound impact on positive youth development and the Roaring Fork Valley’s future. The group participates in a series of meetings in which they learn about issues impacting local youth and how these issues are being addressed through the Cradle to Career Initiative. The culmination is a group decision on how to allocate the pool of funds within Cradle to Career goal areas. In 2019, the Giving Network raised $200,000.