About Us

Tony Rosendo
CEO, Partner and Founder

Antonio (Tony) Rosendo grew up in both Puerto Rico and Colorado, and attended Colorado College, where he ran track and played football. He received his master’s degree from the University of Denver and worked in education as a teacher, administrator, and higher education admissions. Tony became focused on expanding educational equity and co-found Atlas Preparatory School, which is today a 1300+ student school serving PreK-12 graders.

With a desire to address systems and expand opportunity beyond education, Tony joined the John & Margot Lane Foundation as the CEO and shortly thereafter, also became the CEO of Bloom Foundation. In 2020, Tony founded Spur Philanthropy with the vision of creating a true collective impact model for philanthropy by managing several foundations through one entity. Tony is a philanthropic, impact investing and creative capital leader and has pioneered innovative ways for foundations to impact their communities through real estate, mission related investments, program related investments and public/private collaborations.

Tony is the past board chair of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation and past trustee of Colorado College. He currently serves as a board member for: Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation; Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority board; Sachs Foundation; Pikes Peak Community Foundation; and Pikes Peak Real Estate Foundation.

Tony and his wife, Laura, are the parents of two young sons and a stubborn bulldog. He enjoys living in a walkable neighborhood near Downtown Colorado Springs, cheering on the Colorado College Tigers, skiing, mountain biking, sailing, climbing, and cold tubbing.

Kristen Cahill CFO
Kristen Cahill
Chief Financial
Officer

Kristen is a proud Colorado native with a deep passion for accelerating community-based small businesses and organizations. She attended Colorado State University and received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting.  After college, she joined Ernst & Young as a CPA and worked as a Financial Statement Auditor. That experience exposed her to a diverse spectrum of businesses and industries, helping her realize her passion for small business and community. She went on to work in in-house accounting and managerial positions and finally made her way to the Colorado Craft Beer Industry. As the general manager of Red Leg Brewery, she strived to connect business to community, and she established and grew a philanthropic program which engaged and benefited many non-profit organizations. She also nurtured a volunteer program which connected brewery staff and patrons with local non-profit partners. Her work with Colorado Springs non-profit organizations added fuel to a building fire that drove her to start a career in philanthropy. 

Kristen is a lifelong community volunteer. She has a strong passion for helping animals, conservation, and trail building and maintenance. Because of this passion, she is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for Rocky Mountain Field Institute, RMFI.  She also has a deep love for music and serves on the Board of Directors for Rocky Mountain Highway Music Collaborative. She is an avid outdoors person and loves to hike, mountain bike, ski, and camp in beautiful Colorado.  

Her most treasured times are those spent with her husband, dog, family and friends.  She also loves cooking, reading, gardening, and yoga, and freely admits to having a few too many house plants.

Laura Blackburn
Chief Relationship officer

Laura’s experiences growing up in the Middle East and Europe created a passion for philanthropy which she has pursued through the years in her community as a volunteer and philanthropy professional. Believing we all have a significant contribution to make, whether time, treasure, talent or our ties, Laura started her career in strategic marketing with World Vision – a three billion-dollar NGO. She came full circle after a decade as an executive in strategic development, to consult on an innovative program engaging the next generation, with World Vision International based in London. Laura then joined a local consultancy, to advise around creative philanthropy.

As a volunteer, Laura served on the Women of Vision Board of Directors (a fundraising arm for World Vision International) in Orange County, California and founded Junior Women of Vision, a sister organization that helps women in the community engage their children in philanthropy. She served as the Board Chair and PTO President of Lake Tahoe School, and the Board Liaison to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for National Charity League – Pikes Peak Chapter.

Laura partners with the Nonprofit Institute at Colorado College to mentor and engage students interested in philanthropy, and the QUAD Innovation Partnership, advising students and recent alumni from CC, PPCC, UCCS, and the US Air Force Academy as they work to solve rooted problems in our community.  Laura mentors a lovely Greenhouse Scholar and Gates Scholarship recipient from Colorado Springs.  She also serves on the Goodwill of Colorado Foundation Board and the Touch of Love International Board, a faith based microloan organization.

Laura received a Bachelor of Arts from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and a Master of Business Administration from the Marshal School of Business at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She enjoys being a mom to two college students and having more time with John, her husband of over 20 years. She loves to ski, walk the golf course, read, write, and expand her knowledge of Middle Eastern cookery.

Jenny Stafford
Chief Operating Officer and Partner

At 19, Jenny’s interest in art and museums led her to a career-changing internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art…

4 E's to Excellent Philanthropy

What We Do

Spur Philanthropy’s personal approach provides our clients with a partner and roadmap to distinctive philanthropy and social impact.

Explore

Uncovering your unique giving interests and values, informs distinctive generosity with clear vision, mission and priorities.

engage

Create your specific roadmap to impact, using your Explore distinctives and our deep experience.

Enact

Centered around sourcing your philanthropic road map, we will collaborate with you to create and manage specific opportunities that align with your mission and values.

Enjoy

Celebrate the impact of your thoughtful work through personalized and curated experiences, visits, trips, and presentations.

To learn more about engaging with Spur, contact Laura Blackburn.