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Announcing the Black Resilience in Colorado Fund
The Denver Foundation is proud to announce the Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund, which will direct resources to address systemic racism and its impact on Black communities across the seven-county Metro Denver region. The Denver Foundation’s goal is to distribute $1 million through the Black Resilience in Colorado Fund in its first year, through a community-led process. The fund will focus on racial inequities that have been intensified by the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 and amplified by a recent wave of racial violence across the United States. Click here to read the full press release.
Emergency Fund for Denver Arts & Culture Organizations Established; Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Donates $1 million to Cause
As Denver arts & culture organizations are hit with an unprecedented loss in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and The Denver Foundation have teamed up to create an emergency fund aimed at helping metro Denver small and mid-sized arts & culture organizations survive this crisis. Click here to read the full press release.
The Denver Foundation Mobilizes COVID-19 Relief
The Denver Foundation has activated a robust and collaborative philanthropic response to COVID-19.Through the Critical Needs Fund, the Foundation has distributed $480,000 in COVID-19 relief grants to eight organizations working collaboratively to help vulnerable people across the state.The Foundation also contributed $100,000 to Help Colorado Now, an emergency fund established by Governor Jared Polis. Click here to read the full press release.
The Denver Foundation Responds to COVID-19
As Colorado navigates the spread of COVID-2019, The Denver Foundation is taking steps to promote the overall health and safety of our staff members, their families, and our community. The Denver Foundation is transitioning to remote work beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Although our office will be closed, we will remain hard at work – in partnership with you – to meet critical needs across Metro Denver and beyond. Please click here to read a letter from Javier Alberto Soto, President and CEO.
The Denver Foundation Announces Building of New Strategic Framework
The Denver Foundation is in the early stages of building a new strategic framework to guide our work for the next
several years. Our goal is to collect input from 10,000 stakeholders across the region, so that our framework reflects
the feedback and perspectives of diverse people in our community when it launches in 2021. We want to hear from
a broad group of representatives, including our current partners and those outside our current funding and focus areas, reach, and existing networks. Click here to read a letter from our President and CEO.
The Denver Foundation Announces 2019 Philanthropic Leadership Award Winners
The Denver Foundation is pleased to announce Michael L. Gilbert and Elizabeth T. Meck as the winners of the 2019 Philanthropic Leadership Award. The Denver Foundation’s Philanthropic Leaders Award recognizes professional advisors who have distinguished themselves as champions of philanthropy and the charitable community. Since 2004, The Denver Foundation has recognized more than 50 outstanding professional advisors. Click here to read the full press release.
Colorado Health Access Fund Awards $8.4 Million in Grants
The Denver Foundation is pleased to announce that 16 grants totaling $8,422,407 were distributed by the Colorado Health Access Fund in September. These grants will support increased access to behavioral health care across the state. Click here to read the full press release.
Crisis Relief Donation Options
Our hearts are with those in the disaster areas and concerned family and friends across the nation. As the crisis and philanthropic response options change, we will update this page with new options to support those in need. For suggestions on how to help those affected by the fall 2019 wildfires in California, click here. Donors with questions about grantmaking are encouraged to contact their fund manager at 303.300.1790.
Social Venture Partners Denver Capacity Building Application Opens September 6
Social Venture Partners Denver (SVP Denver), a program of The Denver Foundation, will open its fall application cycle on Friday, September 6, 2019. Since 2002, SVP Denver has provided high-end pro-bono consulting services to more than 200 local nonprofits. These volunteer services are valued at several million dollars, impacting tens of thousands of people in Metro Denver. Click here to read the full press release.
Announcing L.I.F.T., Colorado's First All Male Latino Giving Circle
In partnership with The Denver Foundation’s EPIC (Elevating Philanthropy in Communities of Color) initiative, local business leaders, civic leaders and entrepreneurs in Metro Denver have joined together to create opportunities for giving back to the community. Latinos Impacting Our Future Together (L.I.F.T.) is a men’s giving circle that supports and empowers Colorado communities by elevating identity, awareness, and culture through philanthropy. Click here to read the full press release.
Javier Alberto Soto Named President and CEO of The Denver Foundation
On behalf of The Denver Foundation Board of Trustees, we are thrilled to announce that Javier Alberto Soto, President and CEO of The Miami Foundation, has been named as our new President and CEO. Javier is the sixth President and Chief Executive Officer in The Denver Foundation’s 94-year history. He will step down from The Miami Foundation at the end of September to join The Denver Foundation in October. Click here to read the full press release in English. Click here to read the full press release in Spanish (En Español).
Metro Mayors, Denver Foundation Boost "Flex Fund" to Provide Quick Assistance to Prevent and Address Homelessness
The Metro Mayors Caucus announced new funding for the "Flex Fund,” at the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative which provides flexible, one-time assistance to help people experiencing homelessness secure permanent housing and, in some cases, remain in housing. With more than $126,000 in 2019 contributions from the Metro Mayors Caucus, The Denver Foundation, and the private sector, the Flex Fund can continue to provide critical assistance to homeless and housing insecure individuals and families across the seven-county metro area. Click here to read the full press release.
Social Venture Partners Denver Partners with A Precious Child
A Precious Child, a local nonprofit providing children in need with opportunities an resources to empower them to achieve their full potential, has been selected for a year-long pro bono consulting engagement with Social Venture Partners Denver and its foundation partner, Denver Active 20-30 Children's Foundation. Click here to learn more.
Denver Foundation Among Winners of Hermes Creative Awards 2019
The Foundation received a Platinum award for the 2017 Annual Report, and a Gold award for the Winter 2018-19 issue of Give Magazine, a bi-annual publication with a circulation of nearly 60,000. Through high-quality photography, writing, and design, as well as a diverse and inclusive approach to storytelling, both publications reflect The Denver Foundation’s mission of inspiring people and mobilizing resources to strengthen our community. Click here to learn more.
Deyanira Zavala Named Executive Director of Mile High Connects
The Denver Foundation is pleased to announce that Deyanira (Deya) Zavala has been named Executive Director of Mile High Connects, a Denver Foundation partner and supporting organization. Deya was unanimously selected by the MHC Steering Committee following the departure of Jeffrey Su, who served as Executive Director from June 2017 to March 2019.
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Growing Our Permanent Endowment, The Fund for Denver
After careful thought and consideration, the Board of Trustees and Leadership Team of The Denver Foundation is reducing the administrative fee from our permanent endowment from 1.75% to 1.0% by 2021. The goal is to steadily increase the assets in The Fund for Denver and, in turn, increase funds available for community grantmaking. Reducing the administrative fee drawn on the endowment to 1.0% is estimated to add an additional $2 million to our Community Grants Program budget over the next ten years. Learn more about The Denver Foundation's spending policy.
The Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund
The Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund is a special project fund at The Denver Foundation. The purpose of the Fund is to provide grants to qualified nonprofit organizations so that they can offer direct legal representation to immigrants. Grants will also support organizations working to increase the pool of attorneys available to represent immigrants. Click here to learn more.