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Change and Inspiration

Sometimes you just have to look change straight in the face and say “yes”.

That’s what I’ve been doing over the last several weeks. I’ve gone back to the front lines and have taken a staff position as Development Director at Conservation Colorado. I start full-time in the new year.

I’m excited and a little nervous, but mostly inspired.

I want you to know that I’ll definitely still be a part of Front Range Source. The firm that Ann and I built means so much to me. I love what we do and we will continue doing it!

I’ll keep blogging and adding to our amazing treasure of free resources in our Toolbox, and Ann will lead the charge in consulting. Front Range Source is always going to be here for you.

But I have felt compelled over the last year to do something to contribute to the fight against climate change. Many of you know that I come from the environmental sector, having spent 15 years in fundraising at Greenpeace’s US Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

While I did some great fundraising work there, I have always been disappointed that the battle against climate change gained very little momentum during my time there or for the decade after.

But over the last year, I’ve really seen some amazing young activists tell the truth. Generations of us have allowed climate change to get pushed to the back burner. And now, teens and young adults that are my girls’ ages are going to have to bear this future burden.

I feel compelled to do what I can to help. Conservation Colorado is making real change right here where I live and beyond, and I am grateful to be part of it.

The organization has a fierce commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and I want to see just how these principles can be put to work within the tightly held tenets of fundraising efficiency, tenets that are not always so inclusive. It’s a trail blazing opportunity and I’m going to learn a lot, too.

No doubt you got into fundraising because you were inspired by the work, so I know you get it. You’ve always been our inspiration here at Front Range Source.

I’ll keep you updated on my journey right here in this blog, literally from the front lines. And I’ll need all the advice I can get. So please keep writing us with your thoughts and ideas. We always love to hear from you!

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  1. I wish you the very best in your next greatest adventure! Yes…we are all facing change! “Who Moved My Cheese?”
    Thank you for all you have done for Meals on Wheels of Boulder!!!

  2. Best of luck to you Leslie and thanks for all the good work you’ve accomplished both for our organization and in Boulder County. NPOs are better because of you and that, I believe, can improve the climate also (like addressing human over population for example 🙂 ! I share your deep concern about our planet and wish you the best of luck!
    p.s. I’ll be retiring from Women’s Health at the end of the year and will miss all my nonprofit colleagues.

    • Leslie Allen says:

      Thanks so much for your note, Susan. I really appreciate your support! It is me who should be thanking you for all of your amazing dedication to women and families in our community. Thank you for all you’ve done!

  3. Shannon Sackmann says:

    Good Luck Leslie! It has always been an absolute pleasure working with you. You and Ann have created an amazing resource for Boulder County nonprofits. I know you will do great work wherever you go!


    • Leslie Allen says:

      Thank you, Shannon! I hope our paths cross again soon! I’ve so enjoyed working with you and SVP and hope to continue to in the future!

  4. Naomi Harris says:

    What a wonderful and timely choice for your future path! We need front line young activists who are mobilized to fight this struggle, but we also need folks with those deeply held beliefs to build the resources for their work forward.

  5. Exciting! They are lucky to get you. I, too, have felt more drawn to the issue of climate change in the last few years. I look forward to seeing the momentum you can create! Thank you for all your support over the years to Blue Sky Bridge. We are definitely a stronger organization because of you and Ann. I’m sure we will continue to connect as you move into this next adventure.
    Cheers, Gina

  6. Leslie, I hope you love the change and being back on the front lines. Thank you for the wisdom and encouragement. I’m glad Ann will still be here with us sharing the expertise you have both developed over the years.

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