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About Us

Mike Hess, Founder

Mike Hess is the founder of Philantopia and a 30-year veteran of the resort, real estate, and hospitality industries. Mike has provided strategic, tactical, financial, and transformational leadership resulting in many successful ventures such as; The Peaks Resort & Spa, Epiphany Clubs & Resorts, Abercrombie & Kent Destination Club, Angel Fire Ski Resort, Telluride Ski & Golf Resort, and EuropeByAir.com. Today Hess devotes time to helping non-profit organizations fulfill their mission. Mike can be reached at 970.708.0336 or mhess@philantopia.com.


Kate Woods, Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships

Kate started her career in high-tech and software sales in Denver, and made her move to Telluride, CO in 2003. She quickly found her niche in resort real estate sales and hospitality management, and enjoys the dynamic nature of resort lifestyle, its seasonality, and the friends and clients she has made over the years through her work in Telluride. As a 10-year veteran of resort real estate sales and hospitality management, and a lifetime veteran of worldwide travel, Kate joined Philantopia in 2012 after earning her M.B.A from the University of Washington. She enjoys working with and creating new Philantopia partnerships, and creating the best fundraising solutions for Philantopia’s clients, partners, and customers. When she isn’t working, Kate enjoys traveling, skiing, live music, yoga, and reading. Kate can be reached at  auctions@philantopia.com.


Joanne Cole, Fundraising Advisor

Joanne worked in Community Radio as a Development Director for 18 years before joining Philantopia in 2010. Her passion is connecting with organizations to make their fundraising efforts successful, thereby aiding in the great work being done. She currently divides her time between Boulder, CO and New Orleans, LA where she is involved in several philanthropic endeavors. Her strong organizational skills and dedication to creating lasting relationships has earned her high praise from both peers and clients. When she is not outside fly fishing, hiking with her dog, or enjoying the wildflowers, she can be reached at 303-443-7459 or jcole@philantopia.com.


Tiffany Raif, Fundraising Advisor

Tiffany Raif assists charities and non-profits with fundraising efforts through the development and execution of extraordinary travel packages. Prior to assuming her role at Philantopia, Tiffany served in senior sales and marketing positions for travel brands such as; Premier Hotels & Resorts, Spa magazine, Luxury Spa Finder, Spafinder.com, Resorts & Great Hotels, Premier Honeymoons, Premier Spas and Travel Agent.  For two decades Tiffany has had pleasure of working with, and experiencing,  many of the world’s best!  As a fundraising advisor for Philantopia, Tiffany can recommend travel packages that will appeal to the demographics of your attendees, resulting in more sales and more money for your cause.  Tiffany can be reached at auctions@philantopia.com.

Philantopia offers a collection of unique risk free travel packages designed to help you raise more money for your next fundraiser, sweepstakes or raffle. Our auction advisors can advise you on the most exciting, effective, and profitable packages for your fundraising event.

Please contact us if you are interested in discussing our travel packages or learning more about our company.

Ph: 877-738-1978
Fax: 888-457-7360


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