It started with a shared passion for a charming town, nestled in the mountains. Ron Allred discovered Telluride in 1979 when he purchased the Telluride Ski Resort and developed it into a world-class ski resort. Hideo "Joe" Morita's passion for Telluride developed years later when he purchased the ski area from Ron in 2000. Like Ron, he fell in love with the special community of Telluride defined by unparalleled beauty, a rich history and the character of its locals. With that in mind, both wanted to preserve what makes Telluride so special. Ron wanted to give back to the community that gave him so much and Joe wanted to invest in the future to help Telluride thrive.
The answer was a nonprofit community foundation to support all the unique things that define Telluride. After approaching his close friends and partners (and countless rounds of golf later), Ron had a commitment from 13 people who each contributed $100,000 to begin a foundation. Thus, the Telluride Foundation was born. Ron, Joe, the founding Board members and donors established a nonprofit community foundation whose mission was to support the community and community groups through grants, capacity building and initiatives.
Thanks to the initial financial support and leadership from Ron, Joe and many other passionate people in Telluride, the Foundation started in December 2000 and has been making more possible ever since.The Telluride Foundation continues today with the strong founding support of the Telluride Ski & Golf Resort and many incredibly generous donors.