ABOUT CHRISTINE SOTO

A Career of Proven Commitment and Success

During a career spanning more than three decades in the nonprofit sector, Christine has developed a diverse set of experience, knowledge and skills. The combination of hands-on nonprofit management as an executive director and leading the grantmaking department of an established and highly-respected foundation makes Christine a unique and powerful partner for your organization.

Foundation Expertise

Founded in 1925, The Denver Foundation is the largest community foundation in Colorado and is widely acknowledged as a leader in the public and private sectors. Christine’s key accomplishments during her tenure with The Denver Foundation include:

  • Vice President Programs, 1997-2006
  • Oversight of three grant programs awarding over $5 million annually
  • Created and launched the Strengthening Neighborhoods Program
  • Created and launched the Technical Assistance Grants Program
  • Elevated The Denver Foundation's reputation for responsiveness, transparency, accessibility

Nonprofit Know-How

As an executive director, Christine gained critical awareness in effective and efficient board development; honed her budgeting and financial management skills; and successfully raised millions of dollars through grantwriting to foundations and corporations, special events, direct mail solicitation, and major gifts solicitation. Key experiences and accomplishments include:

  • Executive director of Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver, 1988-1997
  • Member of the national Girls Incorporated board of directors from 1994-1997  
  • Substantial growth: girls served doubled; annual budget more than tripled
  • Major fundraising event grew 500% in revenue
  • Capital campaign was completed
  • Endowment fund was seeded with an initial gift of $1 million
  • Major individual gifts program was launched

Community Involvement

Christine's commitment to the nonprofit sector extends beyond employment, and includes service on nonprofit boards, mentoring new executive directors, and public speaking on topics related to philanthropy. Current board and community service includes: 

  • Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships Commission
  • Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award Committee
  • Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Awards and Recognition

In keeping with her interest in life-long learning and cultural diversity, Christine was selected as a Fellow in the 2002 Transatlantic Community Foundation Fellowship Program (jointly supported by The German Marshall Fund, Washington, D.C. and the King Baudouin Foundation, Brussels), Christine traveled to Germany, where she spent several weeks in an exchange of information and ideas with three new community foundations.  Recognition for her professional and community work, includes:

  • Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy Award, National Philanthropy Day in Colorado (1995)
  • Women of Distinction, Girl Scouts-Mile High Council (2002)
  • Face of Success in NonProfit Administration, Metropolitan State College of Denver Alumni Association (2004)
  • Triumphant Women, Excelsior Youth Center (2008)