WEBINAR: Mental Health in Third Spaces


For those who ask: “What do children’s museums and mental health have in common?”, we would answer, “more than you might think.” For those of us lucky enough to have a children’s museum in our communities, we may be aware of the important role they play not only in educating children but also in meeting…

Leading with Equity


In 2018, the Center for Effective Philanthropy found that 55 percent of nonprofit CEOs believe that it is ‘very’ or ‘extremely important’ for senior leadership teams to reflect their organizations’ target populations.  Yet still, studies indicate that the percentage of people of color in executive leadership positions in the industry has remined under 20 percent for the…

Leadership in Action


What would it take to make Colorado the best place to have a child and raise a thriving family? To answer that question, Ascend invested in a cohort of diverse leaders across systems and communities, on the Front Range and along the Western Slope – leaders with big ideas and leverage points to transform Colorado’s…

WEBINAR: Postsecondary Success for Justice-Involved Individuals


The REAL Act was reintroduced in the House in April of this year, signaling a renewed interest in the postsecondary success of all members of society. In May, Ascend released two publications: the Father Factor: A Critical Link in Building Family Prosperity and a Parents in College: By the Numbers fact sheet. The brief unpacked questions like: What situations and…

Two-Generation Partnership in Support of Families’ Desires to Achieve Intergenerational Opportunity


Committed to helping families create an intergenerational cycle of opportunity, LIFT, a national nonprofit that connects parents with trained coaches who help them achieve career and financial goals, implements a two-generation (2Gen) strategy. Their partnership with AppleTree, a recognized leader in evidence-based early childhood education, demonstrates LIFT’s commitment to staying laser-focused on the needs of…

Ascending at the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival


Presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with the Atlantic, in its 15th year, the Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation’s premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to present and discuss the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times. Ascend has had the honor…