Change Starts With Us

Philanthropiece is a non-profit organization based in Longmont, CO, with additional branches in Quiche, Guatemala, and Baja California Sur, México. We accompany local leaders as they create programs, initiatives, and partnerships that improve their communities.

History & Timeline

Philanthropiece, a private operating foundation, was originally founded in 1987 by social entrepreneur and humanitarian, Libby Cook. In 2006, Libby shifted the foundation’s purpose to reflect a more global perspective, and Philanthropiece began the journey of “piecing together a better world” that it continues today.

How We Work

Philanthropiece is engaged in three geographic areas: the state of Colorado, US; the Ixil Region, Guatemala; and the state of Baja California Sur, México

In each area, our work is guided by the folx who live there, including our fellow team members.

We are united by the key principle of working in collaboration: with the communities we serve, with partnering organizations and institutions, with social movements, and with one another. 

Our work challenges our ways of thinking about – and seeing – power and privilege, and centers equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

We ask ourselves, “What do we stand for?” and “Who do we stand with?”  

We move humbly into this work, awake to the magnitude of the challenge. 

The work centers around catalyzing local leaders to create the positive social change that they feel is most needed in themselves and in their communities.  

Philanthropiece Invests In:

  • Catalyzing opportunities
  • Convening and building connections
  • Leveraging resources

  • Sponsoring collective action
  • Providing open access to resources
  • Fostering collaboration

  • Funding social justice initiatives
  • Engaging and growing representation of BIPOC leaders

“Community will always remain at the heart of what we love and what we do at Philanthropiece. It is a part of who we are. Creating community, being passionate, doing good work, and having fun. That’s the Philanthropiece ethos.”

 – Elizabeth C. Cook and Joan M. Knudson, Philanthropiece Co-Chairs

Philanthropiece Foundation Team

Aleiya Evison

ADVISORY BOARD

Catherine Cook

ADVISORY BOARD

Jake Matlak

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Jordan Bailey

ECONOMIC JUSTICE PROGRAM MANAGER

Kingsley Lawson (photo coming soon!)

ECONOMIC JUSTICE PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Nancy Stevens

ADVISORY BOARD

Alicia Conte

ADVISORY BOARD

Doreen E. Martinez

ADVISORY BOARD

Jeny Padilla

LATINX LEADERSHIP & IMMIGRANT RIGHTS FELLOW

Julie Moyle

ADVISORY BOARD

Violeta Chapin

ADVISORY BOARD

Rachel Fuchs

ADVISORY BOARD

Ana Lilia Lujan Castillo

FINANCIAL HEALTH COURSE ASSOCIATE

Elizabeth C. Cook

FOUNDER & CO-CHAIR

Joan M. Knudson

CO-CHAIR

Katie Doyle Myers

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Morning Glory Farr

ADVISORY BOARD

Rebecca Battenfelder

ADVISORY BOARD