About Tesoro Cultural Center

About Tesoro Cultural Center

Tesoro Cultural Center

Our Mission

The Tesoro Cultural Center (Tesoro means “Treasure” in Spanish) is committed to protecting and making available to the community the artistic treasures of our American past. All Tesoro events are inspired by Colorado’s rich history and shared experiences with Southwest, Spanish, Mexican, Native American, African American and Early European cultures. From art to cuisine to historical re-enactments and music, the Tesoro Foundation’s mission is to create community based events and educational outreach programs designed to enrich and celebrate our cultural heritage.

Non-Profit Designation

Organized under the Colorado Non-Profit Corporation Act, Tesoro Cultural Center has received tax -exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Code. Tesoro received its first Letter of Determination in August 2001. In May 2010, Tesoro met the 60-month support test and was then designated by the IRS as a full public 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tesoro Cultural Center is a membership based, cultural institution with government, corporate and individual donors. Proceeds from all events directly benefit Tesoro’s programming. Click here to see the IRS Letter of Determination.

Strategic Plan and Board of Directors

In 2009, George Sparks, CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, donated his time as facilitator to assist the Tesoro Board of Directors and Advisory Board in the development of a Strategic Plan, to strengthen the organization. In 2010, the Board adopted an extensive Conflict of Interest Policy and each Board member is in complete compliance with full disclosure. Today, we have expanded our Board of Directors to include ten members and 16 Advisory members, and hold quarterly board meetings.

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