Meet CPGR's Newest Board Member - Brandy Bertram
Monday, December 2, 2019
Posted by: Tina Drum
Brandy Bertram, Director of Individual Giving and Talent at Bridges to Prosperity
When it comes down to where Brandy Bertram spends her energy, and she has a lot of it, it’s rooted in making a difference. “I’ve always been attracted to mission,” she says. Her drive to serve others she credits to her four parents (her parents divorced and remarried). All were teachers involved to some extent with special education. They also were charitable in some fashion, as supporters, volunteers or helping individuals on their own.
“I grew up around people with big hearts, and an understanding that there are people fighting battles,” she says.
Surprisingly, given her passion for the work, Bertram did not start out in nonprofits, instead embarking on a career as a stockbroker. While at Schwab, she served on their local philanthropic board and was introduced to area nonprofits, including one that helped youth start their own businesses. Soon she volunteered for the micro loan program, and within a matter of months, quit her job at Schwab to work at the organization.
Besides mission, she’s also motivated by solving “big hairy problems.” When she began speaking and consulting on leadership for nonprofits, specifically how to attract and grow human and philanthropic resources, she named her business Great Big Good. Her work for nonprofits has spanned education, entrepreneurship, economic development and conservation sectors.
She joined CPGR in 2014 after a planned giving basics presentation. Planned giving is rewarding, she says, because it aligns financial resources “to do more and be more.” She has served on CPGR’s Programming Committee for years and looks forward to bringing her perspective from working with small organizations to the board.
Bertram is a graduate of the University of Wyoming where she was a collegiate athlete in volleyball. In 2007, she was named to the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and was named a Top 25 Young Professionals by CoBiz Magazine in 2013. She’s been a longtime volunteer for the Downtown Denver Partnership and she serves on the board of Spark the Change Colorado.
She and her husband, Dan, live in downtown Denver and enjoy traveling and ‘running’. Since 2016, they have combined those two passions by completing 21 half-marathons staged around the country.
Her message to fellow CPGR members is to remember that: “our work is really important. I think that sometimes people wonder if individual giving matters. I think it matters more than ever.”
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