Tiffany Grunert’s dedication to protecting animals
2021 CEO of the Year Finalist
President And CEO | Morris Animal Foundation | Denver
Morris Animal Foundation is the largest nonprofit foundation in the world dedicated to funding studies to improve and protect the health of companion animals and wildlife. But when Tiffany Grunert came aboard in 2017, the organization was a veritable revolving door of leadership and staff.
When the CEO left in 2018, Grunert, 46, stepped in as acting president/CEO, and after a national search, her CEO role became permanent. Amid the turmoil, the foundation under Grunert still achieved all program goals and exceeded revenue goals, ultimately completing a five-year strategic plan in 2 ½ years.
“Under Tiffany’s leadership, earned revenue increased 40%, enabling the expansion of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study and the development of a $1 million fund to support Australian wildlife affected by wildfires,” wrote a staffer with the 52-employee foundation who nominated Grunert for this CEO of the Year award. “Now, Tiffany is leading the development of a new community science program that will put the foundation in the driver’s seat to direct impactful outcomes for dogs and cats.”
This article is part of ColoradoBiz magazine’s 2021 CEO of the Year feature. Read more about this year’s finalists:
CARLOS ABISAMBRA | TODD BOWLING | SCOTT FARRELL | MARQUEZ FERNANDEZ | TIFFANY GRUNERT | CRAIG HENDERSON | ROBIN THURSTON | MARTHA WEIDMANN | ASHLEY WILLIAMS