Anonymous donor gives $500,000 to Vail Centre |

Anonymous donor gives $500,000 to Vail Centre

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EAGLE COUNTY — The Vail Centre recently announced it has received a $500,000 gift from an anonymous donor to support educational programming and university partnerships. This generous gift was made with thoughtful consideration to help secure a better future for the Vail Valley through the development of professional skills in the business community.

This substantial gift has been instrumental in helping the Vail Centre increase programming and expand its partnerships with Cornell University, Duke University, University of Denver, Colorado State University and the Leed’s Fellowship Program for Leadership through the University of Colorado Leed’s School of Business. It will also help the Vail Centre continue local programs in Eagle County.


“Professional development in the Vail Valley is essential for building a strong community today and laying a foundation for growth in the future,” said Ross Iverson, CEO of the Vail Centre. “We are extremely grateful and honored to receive this magnanimous gift which has been instrumental in helping the Vail Centre create strategic partnerships with top universities to provide tailor-made courses that support the specific needs of the Vail Valley.”

This funding has helped the Vail Centre secure myriad partnerships, including a multi-year agreement with Cornell University’s School of Hotel Management to bring its Professional Development Program to Vail. Starting in the spring of 2017, the Vail Centre will offer a series of courses for hospitality professionals. Recognized as the most sought-after hospitality management program in the U.S., Cornell’s courses are designed to build fundamental skills helping managers and other personnel succeed in building strong organizations.

In conjunction with Colorado State University, the Vail Centre will offer certificate courses in Water Resource Planning. Managing water is key to long-term growth in Colorado and essential for the Vail community.

This gift has also helped the Vail Centre secure programs scheduled for this summer. Duke University’s Nonprofit Management Certificate Course, scheduled from July 31 through Aug. 5, will help nonprofit professionals hone their fundamental management and organizational skills for grant writing, fund-raising, performance measurement and strategic planning.

From Sept. 11-16, DU at the Vail Centre provides a week-long destination learning experience that connects the intellectual world with the natural world with renowned speakers including former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm, Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison and former U.S. Ambassador Gary Grappo. The program is in partnership with the University of Denver Enrichment Program and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

The Vail Centre exists to provide learning experiences to those responsible for inspiring the communities of the future. The Vail Centre designs interactive learning experiences that bring together great thinkers and doers, state and local groups, university and educational partners and renowned experts from around the world. Individuals and organizations convene at an inspirational mountain campus to share academic ideas and real world challenges creating meaningful connections that inspire a call to personal and professional action. For more information, visit

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