About Us

Founded by Ted Stolberg and our Board of Directors in 2008, the Beanstalk Foundation is a publicly-funded 501(c)3 charitable organization. During a successful career in finance and equity management, Mr. Stolberg found that great companies had great leaders. The right CEO would hire the right management and they would hire the right staff. He decided to apply the theory to philanthropy, first by directly backing local leaders, then by engaging their communities. The Beanstalk Foundation has a long and successful history, but what matters most is our future, our leaders, and you. 

Our small, talented team works tirelessly to identify the best leaders so we can back them together. And our high-touch approach ensures that the Beanstalk Foundation is always a part of the community too. If we are successful, our leaders are successful, and that means that Denver is successful too. Beanstalk is our way of giving back, and if you want to help change philanthropy, we accept tips, and donations. We need your support, too.


Ted Stolberg - Founder

Ted is the Founder of the Beanstalk Foundation and the Beanstalk Fund. He has 40+ years of experience in finance, first as VP Corporate Finance for Mergers & Acquisitions at First Boston Corporation (1972 – 1980), then as a Partner at Weiss, Peck & Greer (1981 – 1993), and as Founder of Stolberg Equity Partners (1993 – 2012). In 1999, Ted became Chairman of the Children’s Seedling Fund, the philanthropic beginning of Beanstalk. He opened and began serving as President of Beanstalk Colorado Community Wealth, LLC in 2018.

Margaret Casart - Executive Director

Margaret has been Beanstalk Foundation’s Executive Director since 2011. She is also Chief Operating Officer of the Beanstalk Fund. She has over 30 years of non-profit experience, including Education Administration, research in child and maternal health, and elder care. 


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Diana Crabtree Green - CFO

Diana is the Chief Financial Officer for the Beanstalk Foundation and the Beanstalk Fund. She also held the position of CFO at Stolberg Equity Partners from 2002 - 2013. Her experience in Accounting and Finance runs the gamut, as she has held positions in audit with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver.  She is the author of “Money for Teenagers – A Personal Finance Guide for Youth”.

Nate Ragolia - Strategist

Nate is Beanstalk’s Strategist. He attended the University of Colorado from 2000 – 2004, earning a degree in English with an emphasis on writing. He joined the Beanstalk team in 2011. Since the inception of our social enterprise activities, Nate works in the due diligence process as an envoy between potential investments and the team.


Our Board of Directors

Jan West

Dan Hessey

Arthur Hundhausen

Garrett Mayberry

Dan Rojas

Craig Smith

Diana Crabtree Green

Margaret Casart

Ted Stolberg