About OtterCares

A Manifesto for Lasting Change

We’re doing tomorrow today. Because the thing about tomorrow, ready or not, it’s already here. So we’re frontloading the future by teaching kids to be entrepreneurs, philanthropists, makers, doers and givers — today.

See, tomorrow is theirs anyway. And we’re privileged to inspire, prepare, teach, engage, equip and entrust them with everything we’ve got. Instead of crossing our fingers and hoping for the best or sticking our head in the sand and wishing for yesterday, we’re stacking the deck and betting on the bright side.

Sound like a nonprofit? It is. But make no mistake. We don’t give handouts. We don’t give hand ups. We give boosts. Boosts of confidence. Boosts of inspiration. Boosts of rocket-fueled passion aimed for the stratospheres of possibility. Three. Two. One. Blast off!

Light the fuse, press ignition and pass the wheel. It’s their turn to fly this crazy craft called Tomorrow toward a bigger, better, brighter future for all of us.

But alas, it’s here now. So to create the kind of change that lasts, we’ve got to…


Who We Are

OtterCares Team

Linda Crum | Executive Director

As the Executive Director of the OtterCares Foundation, Linda leads the day-to-day operations of the Foundation. She is passionate about creating and fostering relationships on a local and national level and is focused on the strategic growth and impact our mission has on students in our communities and around the world!

Tricia Vincent, M.P.A. | Senior Program and Grants Director

As the Senior Program and Grants Director, Tricia oversees our Impact, Inspiration and Innovation Station Funds and engages with community partners to identify growth opportunities for our mission to inspire students to become entrepreneurs and philanthropists! Tricia has been with the OtterCares Foundation since its inception and is passionate about the role business plays in creating positive impact in our communities. Tricia holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver.

Jessica Dieken, M.B.A. | Marketing and Community Relations Director

As the Marketing and Community Relations Director for OtterCares, Jessica shares the Foundation’s messages and stories of impact in our communities while promoting our grant and education programs. In addition to inspiring others through storytelling, Jessica oversees our NoCO Fund and annual Pack2School event. Jessica has been with the Foundation since 2015 and is passionate about the impact education has on young people. She holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Marylhurst University.

Sarah S. Weeks, M.S.Ed. | Impact and Education Director

Sarah spearheads all of the philanthropic and entrepreneurial education programs for the OtterCares Foundation. A former classroom teacher, Sarah is passionate about supporting and collaborating with teachers, parents and nonprofit partners to identify ways to bring entrepreneurship and philanthropy education to life in a variety of meaningful environments. She holds a Bachelors in Business Computer Information Systems and a Masters of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University Kelley School of Business and IU School of Education.

The Happenings

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