03.25.20

Donor Spotlight: Bob and Leslie Cutler

For long-time donors Bob and Leslie Cutler, your Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund Boulder County is an obvious way to make an immediate impact at this time of need.

 
“For the past few decades, the Community Foundation has meant a lot to me,” says Leslie, who has called Boulder home for nearly 50 years. “The foundation does such a great job of identifying needs, and then disbursing funds accordingly. 
 
“I just love how the foundation has organized itself, and how foundation staff do the research necessary to ensure maximum impact of donations.”
 
Adds Bob, who previously served on the foundation’s Investment Committee: “When we looked at our philanthropy a while ago, we realized that most of our giving wasn’t Boulder County- or Colorado-based. We decided the COVID-19 Response Fund Boulder County is a great way to do more on a local level. 
 
“In the past, we’ve also contributed to the foundation’s responsive programs around fires and floods. And we’ve come to understand that – in circumstances like these – the time to act is now.”
 
True to their word, the couple – who are members of the Community Foundation’s Legacy Society – sent a letter to their friends and others encouraging them to apply at least half of their year-end charitable donations to the COVID-19 Response Fund Boulder County and related opportunities, sooner rather than later. 
 
“We were really pleased to see the geographic diversity of the fund’s first 14 grantees,” says Bob. 
 
“And we’ve been so inspired by people who have stepped up with matching funds,” Leslie chimes in. “We especially appreciate our local nonprofits’ efforts to get food out to people who need it. That seems to be particularly challenging and confusing for many.” 
 
Indeed, the COVID-19 Response Fund Boulder County is first focusing on ensuring that nonprofits are able to implement best practices to prevent the spread of the virus, and to keep their services flowing – especially essential services for community members who find themselves at the intersection of being most vulnerable to the virus and most impacted by inequity. 
 
Join the Cutlers and other community donors at this critical time by investing in continued access to food, hygiene, shelter, housing, healthcare, and other services for the most vulnerable – and for our community as a whole. Together, we accomplish more than we do alone.