Reaching out to see what’s needed

Cindy LIndsay’s evolution from startup entrepreneur to philanthropist happened over time.

The east Texas native was working for technology companies in Cupertino, Calif., while also busy raising a family with her husband.

“I was buried under the stuff that was all about me,” she said.

But she also made time to volunteer as a tutor for low-income Latino youth who lived in a barrio across town. She built relationships and began to understand that many people were struggling in Cupertino, despite its tech wealth.

“They’re just people, she said. “They’re struggling with different things, but they’re no different from you and me."

Eventually, she and her husband decided to relocate to Boulder, where they went on to found two technology startups in the area.

“At that point, our involvement with philanthropy was to write a check,” she said. “We didn’t participate much in the community."

Then, she got involved with BoldeReach — an all-female nonprofit grantmaking organization that raised $1 million between 2014 and 2018 and gave it to local nonprofits that work with women and children with limited opportunities.

As in Cupertino, Lindsay realized that poverty and near-poverty is here in Boulder County if people open their eyes.

“The thing I see here is the people in Boulder County who are marginalized or educationally or economically disadvantaged — they are invisible,” she said. “It’s really hard to convince people that the need is there.”

by Chris Barge