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Our Mission

Since our inception in 2000, the Telluride Foundation has operated with one goal in mind: to improve the quality of life for those who live, work and visit our community. The Foundation does this by developing and supporting initiatives and making direct investments that maximize benefit to all, nurturing self-reliance, and creating meaningful change. We’ve made it our mission to build a philanthropic network not just for Telluride, but the entire region. We’re a network committed to transparency, excellence, and providing the highest level of charitable impact possible.

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Recognized nationally as the fourth most active grant maker in the country.

Values

PROMOTE INCLUSION

We support initiatives that are inclusive, universal and maximize benefit to all who are part of the greater Telluride community, regardless of residency, income, or occupation.

BUILD TO SELF-RELIANCE

We support initiatives that fuel and nurture self-reliance. Whether meeting immediate and urgent needs or making long-term investments, our efforts are designed to support a self-sustaining community.

BE A CHANGE AGENT

We believe in the importance of creating meaningful and lasting change both at the individual and community level. We continually seek out fresh ideas and novel approaches to achieve tangible, lasting change. Consistently measuring outcomes is an important element.

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History

It started with a shared passion for a charming town nestled in the mountains. Ron Allred discovered Telluride in 1979 when he purchased the Telluride Ski Resort and developed it into a world-class resort. Hideo “Joe” Morita’s passion for Telluride developed years later when he purchased the ski area from Ron in 2000. Like Ron, he fell in love with the special community of Telluride defined by unparalleled beauty, a rich history, and the character of its locals. With that in mind, both wanted to preserve what makes Telluride so special.

The answer was a nonprofit community foundation to support all the unique things that define Telluride. After approaching his close friends and partners (and countless rounds of golf later), Ron had a commitment from 13 people who each contributed $100,000 to begin a foundation. Thus, the Telluride Foundation was born.

The Foundation started in December 2000 and has been making more possible ever since. The Telluride Foundation continues today with the strong founding support of the Telluride Ski & Golf Resort and many incredibly generous donors.

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