For Beau Kelly, Colorado Springs is home. And he says it always will be.

“I can’t imagine not living here,” he said. “My entire family is here; my wife’s family is here. It’s where we belong.”

Kelly, who works in the development office at UCCS, is a native of Colorado Springs, and came right back to the city after college in Nebraska. The 27-year-old worked as an El Pomar Fellow, and made the connections at UCCS to get the job of his dreams: raising money for the fastest-growing college in the University of Colorado system.

Kelly is responsible for fundraising both for athletic scholarships and for financial assistance based on students’ needs. He’s also working on his MBA at UCCS.

“It’s a great fit,” he said. “I played baseball in Nebraska, so I love that I’m still involved with athletics.”

When he graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do.

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“I knew I wanted to work with people, but I didn’t know what that would look like,” he said. “Through the El Pomar fellowship, I got an internship fundraising — and found I loved it. It really opened doors for me.”

Kelly’s been at UCCS for three years and says the best part of his job is helping people.

“I have the opportunity to help people go to college who might not,” he said. “It’s helping people realize their dreams. It can really change people’s lives.”

The hardest part: competing for dollars. But Kelly finds even that part of the job exciting.

“At the end of the day, it’s still so rewarding to work with our donors and to open doors for people,” he said. “But it can be difficult, there are a lot of nonprofits in this community, and so many worthy causes. Fortunately, people really want to support UCCS.”

Kelly is married to his high school sweetheart, and the two have a Golden Retriever puppy. Even though they don’t have children, he coaches youth baseball.

“I love it,” he said. “I grew up playing and my coaches were my role models. It’s fun to be a part of that now. I’m honored to be a part of helping kids learn a sport, and also learn all the things that come along with that sport: teamwork, discipline, skills. It’s good to be able to give back.”

— Amy Gillentine Sweet

What makes Colorado Springs home?

It’s always been home; it always will be home. It’s a city on the rise, and UCCS is no small part of that.

Editor’s note: This article has been corrected to reflect Kelly is working on his MBA at UCCS and that he coaches youth baseball.