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As organizations grow, they need leaders who understand how to handle that growth – a fact behind the request that went out this past week from the Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF) seeking its first, full-time executive director (ED). Since it’s incorporation last summer, the momentum behind the foundation has moved it quickly to the point where to continue growing, it needs full-time attention.

“I encourage applications from qualified individuals who can help grow the CCCF with our nine-member board and our community advisors,” said board chair Ed Cooper.

The new ED will be building on a solid leadership record. Michael Hannigan, who came out of retirement from the Pikes Peak Community Foundation last summer to help found the CCCF, will remain active, mentoring the new ED through the transition. Interested candidates should visit the CCCF home page at for the full position description. Cooper said that applications including cover letter and resume should be sent directly to him at, with the subject line reference of “E.D. Position.”

In existence only a year, the CCCF has already been active in the community, establishing seven donor-advised and fiscal-sponsor funds to help direct local resources. It was awarded 11 grants totaling $45,000 just in the past few months and has provided service back into the community, conducting several free workshops designed to help fellow nonprofits across the community.