Annual Report 2017

The Future is Worth the Fight 

Conservation Colorado Education Fund is the state’s leading nonprofit organization fighting for our air, land, water, and communities.

Together with our 40,000 members, we believe in addressing the root causes of climate change, defending our state’s wild places, protecting our stressed rivers and drinking water, accelerating the transition to a clean energy future, and elevating voices from impacted communities to help ensure all Coloradans are represented and engaged as we work to build a powerful conservation movement.

Key Victories in 2017

Thanks to supporters like you, 2017 was a banner year for Colorado’s environment. Here are some of the successes we’re most proud of.

Our Water

– We released our first-ever Rivers Report Card to provide a clear picture of the threats to eight rivers in Colorado and focus on solutions to protect them.

– We helped pass a bill to provide schools with funding to test for lead in their drinking water, a proactive measure that will pay off in terms of safeguarding our children’s health.

Our Land

– We celebrated the first-ever Colorado Public Lands Day, with 137 events across the state and more than 2,000 participants.

– We mobilized nearly 13,000 of our members to speak up for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, which was under threat by the Trump administration.

– We successfully influenced the Outdoor Retailer trade show to move to Denver from Utah, where the show was held until outdoor companies became fed up with the state’s anti-public lands politicians. Our efforts helped demonstrate Colorado’s track record of protecting public lands.

Our Air

– We worked with Governor Hickenlooper to fight climate change by committing Colorado to the targets of the Paris Agreement and joining the U.S. Climate Alliance.

– We helped pass two bills in the Colorado Legislature for energy efficiency programs that save money for working families while reducing air pollution.

– We ensured that the money Colorado received from a settlement with Volkswagen is used in a way that benefits communities of color and cuts pollution from cars, buses, and trucks.

– We participated in the People’s Climate March in Denver with over 5,000 participants. Our team made sure our march, on the same day as 370 marches across the country, elevated diverse voices and values.

Our Communities

– We brought local voices to a public hearing to speak out against increasing the amount of pollution the Suncor oil refinery in central Denver is allowed to emit.  The refinery is surrounded by neighborhoods that are primarily Latino and home to working families. We helped 30 community members testify at the hearing and gathered 750 written comments.

– We graduated 48 Promotores, who are Latino community members learning to organize and advocate for environmental concerns within their communities.

– We more than doubled our membership to over 36,000 members!

Conservation Colorado Education Fund raises funds through direct mail and email campaigns, face-to-face appeals, newsletters, events, and grant proposals. These requests are directed to individual donors, foundations, corporations, or donor advised funds.

Our Supporters

The following lists include supporters of the Conservation Colorado Education Fund and Conservation Colorado from January 1 – December 31, 2017. Due to space limitations, we are unable to list all donors and have included those who made a gift of $1,000 or more. However, it is through the investment of all of our supporters that we are able to engage in this challenging and important work and we thank all donors for their generous and thoughtful support in 2017. If you are interested in becoming a part of our donor family or if you have noticed an error or omission in this list, please contact Development Director Beka Wilson at 303-405-6703 or

Our board is composed of a broad, diverse array of community leaders and passionate individuals. Many are experienced activists and elected officials, and all are united by a firm commitment to protecting Colorado’s environment.

Image Credits 

Title Image – Tim Artebury

Water Image – Ken Kenhouse

Canyons of The Ancients Image – Bob Wick

Rebel 2017 Image – Chandler Kim