Economic Literacy Colorado


3443 S. Galena Street, Suite 190
Denver, CO 80231



Debbie Pierce

Year Established

Service Area

Mission Statement
The mission of Economic Literacy Colorado (formerly Colorado Council for Economic Education) is to ensure that Colorado students graduate with the economic and financial knowledge they need to make informed decisions as producers and consumers, employees and entrepreneurs, and citizens of our free enterprise system.
This is accomplished through:
• Professional Development for K-12 Teachers: offering accredited and non-accredited classes taught by professors and mentor teachers.
• Stock Market Experience: developing critical thinking, math, and technology skills through our simulated investment program for 3rd-12th graders.
• Calendar Contest: inviting K-8 students to illustrate economic and financial concepts they have learned in school.
• Young Economist Scholarship: rewarding a high school junior or senior whose winning essay articulates why learning economics matters.
• Koelbel Enterprising Teacher of the Year: recognizing an exemplary teacher of economics or personal finance.

• Equip more teachers with knowledge, tools and resources to confidently teach economics and personal finance.
• Educate more students in fundamental principles of economics and personal finance, endowing them with life-long skills.
• Elevate the importance of these disciplines to our community.
• Advocate for more personal financial and economic education in Colorado’s K-12 curriculum.

Fundraising Events: 

The Adam Smith Award Dinner
This biennial fall event honors an individual who is a champion of our free enterprise system, and who has contributed to the good of our community while demonstrating high ethical standards. Honorees have included: Jake Jabs (2017); Buz & Sherri Koelbel (2015); Honorable Jim Nicholson (2013); Bill Daniels and his legacy the Daniels Fund (2011).

Brew & Views
This summer event draws an energetic crowd together for networking, Molson Coors brews, fantastic views from their 46th floor private Tap House, and lots of fun! Our 2017 inaugural event was sold out, so sign up to be invited to the 2018 Brews & Views on our website under “Special Events” or call Amanda Dixon, 303-752-2323.

New Events
Other exciting events are in the works. Check our website under “Special Events” to see what’s new.

Volunteer Opportunities: 

The Stock Market Experience is our engaging 10-week investment simulation program that provides student teams a virtual $100,000 portfolio. Our newest component, the Mentored Investment Challenge, calls for volunteer business men and women to be paired with student teams, serving as their investment mentor. Top teams are awarded cash prizes at the spring SME Award Ceremony. Contact to get involved.

Giving Opportunities: 

Colorado Gives Day
You can make a donation to Economic Literacy Colorado at on Tuesday, December 5, or any day of the year.

Corporate Partnerships
Your company can sponsor a professional development class, a table at an event, or a classroom of students participating in the Stock Market Experience.

Adam Smith Circle
This circle recognizes our most charitable donors who are passionate advocates for economic education.

Planned Gifts
If supporting the longevity of economic and financial education matters to you, please consider us in your estate plans.

Individual Donations
Making a one-time or a recurring contribution of any amount is greatly appreciated. Visit our website or call Amanda Dixon at 303-752-2323 or to learn more.

Board of Directors: 

Patrick Bridges
Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association

Sandra Michel
Chair Elect
AMG National Trust Bank

Chuck Dahlman
Retired, Regis University

Andrew Wilson

Buz Koelbel

Adam Smith
Circle Co-Chair
Koelbel and Company

Sherri Koelbel

Adam Smith
Circle Co-Chair
Community Leader

Margaret Altoff
Retired, School District 11

Dave Cicchinelli
FirstBank Holding Company

David Colson

David Ettenger
Bow River Capital

Chris Hammond
West Elk Partners

Stephanie Hartman
Colorado Department of Education

Taylor Merritt
Merritt Aluminum Products

Chris Mohler
Wells Fargo Bank

David Morrison
Kentwood Commercial

Amanda Peterson
Colorado Lending Source

Bruce Peterson
Rio Grande Company

Brooks Rarden
U.S. Bank

Bill Schuck
The Schuck Corporation

Sloan Smith

Laton Spahr

Tim Sheesley
Xcel Energy

Sandy Shoemaker

Rob Vincze
Partners Group