Carol Nie takes the reins as Spur board chair

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Ketchum, ID (Nov. 1, 2021) -- Spur Community Foundation announced today that Carol Nie has succeeded founder Tim Wolff as president of the foundation’s board of directors.

Wolff will remain an involved member of the board, leading its Development Committee and heading up the organization’s efforts to address the local workforce housing shortage.  

Nie has served as a member of Spur’s board of directors since 2016 and is chairwoman of the foundation’s Grants Committee, which handles the. organization’s discretionary granting decisions. She was a founding member of the Wood River Women’s Foundation, served as board chair of the Sun Valley Music Festival for eight years, founded the Festival Music Institute, and was instrumental in the development of the Sun Valley Pavilion.

Nie is currently a board member of Opera Idaho, an advisory board member of the Sun Valley Museum of Art, and a board member of the Idaho Chapter of the International Women’s Forum. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

“I am honored to lead this amazing organization which in only five years has had a significant impact on the progress, capacity, and effectiveness of our not-for-profit community in the Wood River Valley,” Nie said. “Spur has significantly increased inspired philanthropy from full-time and part-time donors in our valley, and its ability to be nimble in responding to crises facing our community—such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of affordable and workforce housing—is and will continue to be of great and increasing value to the valley.  

“Thank you to Spur’s founder, Tim Wolff, and executive director, Sally Gillespie, for their inspiration and leadership,” Nie added.

Spur’s board of directors elected Nie as chairperson at its regular meeting on Oct. 20, following Wolff’s decision to step down from the position. Wolff had served as chairman of the board since the organization was founded in 2016.

“It’s been thrilling to witness Spur’s evolution over the past five years, and I can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds under Carol’s direction,” Wolff said. “With her leadership experience, deep ties to the community, and passion for philanthropy, Carol is an incredible asset to this organization and to this valley.”

About Spur Community Foundation

Spur is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring more effective philanthropy in the Wood River Valley by working with donors to simplify the giving experience and working with local nonprofits to foster excellence and accountability.

 

Media contact:

Gretel Kauffman, Communications and Operations Associate

Office: (208) 450-2608 | Cell: (585) 409-0334 | gretel@spurfoundation.org

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