Strategic Plan

About CFGV


We’ve all heard the famous Yogi Berra quote, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll wind up somewhere else.”  Strategic plans help any business prioritize the business at hand – and, with nonprofits, it’s important that Board, Advisors, Staff and Donors all know what comprises the basis of our work.

Strategic plans are dynamic documents intended to be adaptable when change occurs.  Our meetings, our reports and our work as Board and Staff all relate back to the three goals – sustainability, service and support.  Because we work in the present and look to the future, we have our sights set on being able to make our decisions for today count for tomorrow.

Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley

Strategic Plan 2019 – 2021

Our Vision for the Gunnison Valley

The Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley envisions a dynamic culture of giving in which the full range of human needs is addressed by the community it serves.


The Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley strengthens and enriches the community through engaged philanthropy, thoughtful grantmaking, strategic education, and collaborative leadership.


These fundamental values guide the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley:

We preserve the public trust through independent governance, objectivity, and honest leadership.

We are responsible stewards who manage and grow our varied resources with wisdom and compassion.

We are open and forthright with one another, donors, grantees, and the community.  We practice the highest standards of conduct and ethics in all we do.

We embrace access, equity, and diversity as affirming the essential humanity of all people and as being basic to healthy community life.

Guiding Principles

Our actions align with our Vision, Mission and Values, consistently reflecting these Core Commitments:

Donor Intent
We steward our donors’ gifts, offer thoughtful counsel, and honor their intent.

Resource Development
We develop and deploy our resources in ways that demonstrate financial and social return-on-investment to donors, nonprofit organizations, and the communities we serve.

We inform our board and advisors, donors, nonprofit and community leaders about needs and critical issues in the Gunnison Valley as well as the most effective means to address these issues and needs.

Best Practices
We implement best practices in governance, philanthropy, and nonprofit sustainability.

Community Building
We strengthen the capacity of the communities we serve to work together by embracing the uniqueness of each while honoring the shared interests of all.

We model and foster civil discourse within our own organization and throughout the Gunnison Valley.


1: Sustainability

2: Support

3: Service

Ensure CFGV sustainability and growth through expanded donor base, endowment funds, and increased total assets Support nonprofit organizations to ensure viability, sustainability, and service quality Serve communities of the Gunnison Valley through strategic education and collaborative leadership


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