That all Colorado youth and families have opportunities to thrive.
To invest in people, programs and movements that benefit Colorado's youth and families.
Compassion, Humility and Learning
We recognize we are neither the experts nor the authority on the issues we work on, and we enter every partnership and conversation with compassion, humility and in the spirit of learning.
Respect and Trust
We respect and trust our colleagues, partners and the communities we serve and recognize them as the experts on their experiences.
Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
We honor and value diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds and are committed to making sure decisions are made and informed by diverse colleagues, partners and communities.
We are committed to prioritizing positive social impact as well as financial return across our investments to support the communities we serve wherever possible.
As Executive Director of the AJL Foundation, Kristi recognizes that working within philanthropy is a privilege and responsibility. She is honored and committed to ensuring John and Amy’s spirit of philanthropy lives on by investing in people, programs and movements that benefit Colorado's youth and families while also acknowledging and addressing the contradictions and power dynamics inherent to philanthropy. Kristi previously served as Grants Manager for the AJL Foundation and is personally passionate about holding herself and AJL accountable to the communities we serve and the triple bottom line - people, planet and profit. She serves on the steering committee for Colorado Funders for Inclusiveness and Equity and on the Board of Directors for Philanthropy Colorado.
Prior to working in philanthropy Kristi worked for marketing agencies in Denver, Los Angeles and Madrid specializing in digital and print marketing, public relations and events planning for clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies across the nonprofit, tech, consumer goods, healthcare and aerospace industries. She also spent time as a freelance writer and intern for the Steamboat Pilot & Today, a travel guide in Ecuador and various other online and print outlets. Kristi holds a master's degree in Journalism and a bachelor's degree in Marketing both from the University of Colorado - Boulder.
As Community Investments Manager of AJL Foundation, Dianne understands the impact and importance of her voice in a traditionally white space. Dianne's passion is within the realm of equity. Her goal is to ensure that all stakeholders' voices are heard, honored, and respected. Dianne spent the early part of her career in HR as a teen mom. She focused her efforts on not being a statistic and giving her two children access. She says that her life has prepared her for the roles she has today as the Community Investments Manager for AJL and the owner of Dope Mom Life, a creative content agency that specializes in diversity marketing. Dianne grew up understanding there were two worlds. The world she lived in with her mom on the north end of town where there was access to wealth and opportunity and the other world on the south side with her dad, where access, resources, and opportunities were limited. Dianne understands that the only way to create a world for all to thrive, more specifically, non-white communities is to recreate systems that were created to oppress. Dianne is a graduate of Emily Griffith and Community College of Aurora, where she studied video production and editing, as well as entrepreneurship.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Darrell Schulte is owner of DJS Financial Solutions, LLC, which is a commercial loan broker company specializing in creating strategies for business success. Prior to that he was Sr. VP and Senior Business Development Officer of CoBiz Private Bank, a bank dedicated to assisting high net worth individuals with all their investment needs. Previously he served for 30 years as President of Colorado Business Bank of Littleton. As a business leader during this time, he served on numerous civic and non-profit organizations that provided services to a wide array of clients. He actively gives back to the community with his involvement in the many programs and projects for youth by the Littleton Breakfast Optimist Club. Darrell's terms are 9/22/2019 - 9/22/2022.
Amy & John Lawton
The AJL Foundation was established on March 17, 2011 by Amy S. and John E. Lawton.
Philanthropy is part of the heritage of the Lawton family that has been passed down through the generations. The Lawton family has given freely to charities, groups and the community where such gifts provided support for those in need and never had an expectation of receiving anything in return other than the knowledge that it had given back to others.
They believed every person deserves respect and the opportunity to be empowered to improve his or her life.
It has been the philosophy of the Founders to offer a hand-up, rather than a hand-out. In order to continue the Lawton family’s philosophy and beliefs in philanthropy, AJL Foundation was created to invest in the people, programs and movements that benefit Colorado's youth and families.