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Sagebrush Ltd:
Helping your nonprofit accomplish its mission.

Sandhya Tillotson

PRINCIPAL / Founder

sandhya@sagebrush.ltD

DURANGO, COLORADO

 
 
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What we do

Our Work

Whether your nonprofit is just forming, weathering a storm, bursting at the seams, or in need of fresh ideas and rejuvenation, we can help!

We understand that as organizations grow, shrink and change this can put incredible pressure on Executive Directors, Boards and Staff, and we are here to support you. 

Sagebrush Ltd. provides nonprofit consulting and development from a place of integrity, straight talk, collaboration, and community building.  

Grounded in the mountains and high deserts of the Southwest, we specialize in effective solutions for rural nonprofits where agility, creativity, and partnership are necessary ingredients for survival. 

Specialties include:

  • Strategic Planning

  • Meetings & Retreat Facilitation

  • Board & Leadership Development

  • Starting & Growing Nonprofits

  • Fundraising & Development

  • Grant Writing

  • Coalition Building

  • Interim Executive Leadership

  • Website Development

  • General Nonprofit Consulting

We are happy to support your specific needs and look forward to working with you.

Insight and integrity when nonprofits need it most.

 
It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.
— Wendell Berry
 
 
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Founder

Sandhya Tillotson

As the founder of Sagebrush Ltd, Sandhya Tillotson uses her years of collaborative problem solving in the nonprofit sector to bring vitality to diverse organizations.

Sandhya is a nonprofit consultant with the SW Colorado Small Business Development Center. As the Executive Director of a local Durango nonprofit for over five years, Sandhya ushered in an era of rebirth for the organization growing its annual budget by nearly 5 times and expanding its community impact by 7 times. With Sandhya at the helm, the organization was awarded 2017 Non-Profit of the Year by the Durango Chamber of Commerce. 

Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Sandhya received her B.S. in Environmental Science from The Colorado College. Since moving to Durango in 2010, she has worked and volunteered for many local nonprofits and served on numerous steering committees.

In 2015 Sandhya graduated from the Community Resource Center’s Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program, building strong relationships with Executive Directors from across Colorado.

As a visionary servant-leader in the community, Sandhya thrives on new partnerships and projects that support the well-being of people, animals and the environment in the Southwest.

See Sandhya’s resume


Recent Work

  • Provide non-profit consulting to Executive Directors and Boards in Southwest Colorado, especially focused on transition times and growing non-profits

  • Facilitate participatory strategic planning board retreats, including: Onward! A Legacy Foundation (Cortez) and the Women’s Resource Center (Durango)

  • Facilitate monthly board meetings, and provide significant board and organizational developmentfor the Southwest Colorado Multiple Sclerosis Society (Durango)

  • Facilitate quarterly Bear Working Group meetings for Bear Smart Durango with a diverse range of 25+ stakeholders including local non-profit organizations, government and enforcement agencies, City Council members, City and County staff, and private industry

  • Facilitated broad community land use planning meetings with 30+ diverse community membersover several months for the Animas Valley District as part of La Plata County Planning Department’s land use development plan

  • Provide monthly grant writing, reporting and relationship building with grant foundations for Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center (Ignacio), Ignacio Creative District, Pine River Shares (Bayfield), Willowtail Springs (Mancos). Recently received a grant for the Ignacio Creative District which was awarded and announced in person by Governor Jared Polis in Ignacio on 8/22/19

  • Develop community coalitions including support of the Ignacio Creative District

  • Build partnerships across sectors and region for collective impact and community resource sharing

  • Website development for Holopuni Canoes (Hawaii) and local entrepreneurs (Durango)

  • Selected to present non-profit trainings: “Succession Planning” at San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days (September 2019), and “Board Development” at La Plata Economic Development Summit (October 2019)

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Sandhya brings a principled and grounded approach to her work serving the nonprofit community. She authentically cares about the work she does and possesses both the technical acumen and interpersonal relationship skills to well serve your organization.
— ERIC MALONE, PRESIDENT, THE PAYROLL DEPARTMENT
Sandhya has been extremely valuable to our organization. Offering objective reasoning skills, input and guidance along the way, she has helped further develop Dancing Spirit’s mission and vision through executive coaching and extensive grant writing and has been a valuable asset in helping us focus on the community needs and how we can meet them. I would highly recommend her to any organization.
— Kasey Correia, Executive Director, Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center
Thanks so much Sandhya for your excellent skills in facilitating our retreat. I will be, and have, recommended you to others!
— CHRISTY SCHAERER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER
Dear Sandhya, Thank you so much for your incredible efforts to help write the HFFI grant proposal. You are deeply appreciated!
— BOARD OF DIRECTORS, DURANGO NATURAL FOODS CO-OP
Great progression of process. I get alienated by mission/ vision/ strategic planning lingo, but this changed the game for me... This was really valuable. We have committees. We have action steps and accountability... Going from visioning all the way through implementation was great... Very nice retreat summary notes... Thank you very much for helping Onward!”
— Board of Directors, Onward! A Legacy Foundation
Sandhya is an extremely bright, well informed adviser, who works very well with people. She is very quick and resourceful in answering questions, initiating ideas and suggesting resources.

We are having her help us with our first grant to Colorado Garden Foundation. Whatever the outcome, she has already helped me think through this particular grant more completely. We are hoping to use her as our board retreat facilitator and for many consultations in the future.
— Peggy Cloy, Executive Director, Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center
Sandhya, thank you for all your hard work. You’re a fantastic grant writer. It is exciting to see where this all will take Ignacio in the future.

(Referencing Ignacio’s Rural Technical Assistance Grant awards presented by Gov. Jared Polis in August 2019 in Ignacio.)
— Marcia R. Vining, Director, Ignacio Community Library
Sandhya, thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us at the San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days. We truly appreciate you!
— SLV RPD Steering Committee

 

 

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I’d love to hear from you! - Sandhya Tillotson, Sagebrush Ltd.

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sandhya@sagebrush.ltd

Durango, Colorado