chapter  11
Never Second-Guess the Locals Chris Rurik, Henry Izumizaki, and Nillofur Jasani
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This chapter focuses on provides data and excellent donor service and convening important conversations. The history and experience of community philanthropy in Boulder, Colorado, is wrapped up in the development of the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, Colorado. Colorado's western, independent voters are part of the reason the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR), which prevents legislators from raising our taxes without it going to a full vote of the people. We published a TRENDS Report on the social and economic health of our community. We launched an Entrepreneur's Foundation, which encourages founders of startups to give 1 percent of their company's equity to us for the betterment of their communities. The fire burned more than 6,000 acres and destroyed more than 160 homes. We judge our success, in part, on the extent to which other communities look to a national model for how community foundations, large and small, can shape community values and take risks to effect transformational.